For some time now, O most cherished Reader, I’ve been contemplating a change in career.
Not that I’m in a hurry, of course.
Having voyaged round the sun barely 67 times, and remaining singularly single in status and peculiarly plural in pursuits, I know I have plenty of time to think about and decide on things like what next to study and forget, what to do when I’m grown up, where to explore work opportunities that bring satori and satisfaction, and so forth.
Still, I think it’s important to start thinking along these lines while I’m still reasonably fit and independent and flexible in terms of time and commitments…don’t you agree?
To begin with, I’m really not sure what exactly I want to do.
This, of course, is a huge advantage in planning my future career.
You see, not knowing what exactly I want to do is evidence of my unqualified willingness to absorb new ideas and learn new skills—as unqualified as my general lack of any meaningful academic qualifications. It also underlines my unmatched ability to abandon or forget earlier ideas and skills with equal rapidity. These are, I do believe, attributes that constitute the very foundations of a scientific temper. All in all, I state without false modesty that I have a mind as uncluttered, unfathomable and uniformly vacant as that of any successful member of the Indian National Congress party: and the Congress, as I have scientifically predicted in an earlier post, is destined to thrash the BJP-led NDA and win the Lok Sabha elections in 2024!
This advantage— of not knowing what I want to do— is further strengthened by the fact that I’m not quite sure what I’m doing now, or indeed what I’ve been doing for the past 30 years.
Before that, I dimly recall, I was a banker, with State Bank of Travancore: for over 12 years, from end-1979 to late-1992. I quit the bank in 1992, the year during which the late and much-maligned stockbroker Harshad Mehta raised several thousands of crores of public money from complicit Indian banks and the gullible Indian public with far more ease and success, and far less fuss and public complaint, than any of our Finance Ministers since Independence.
Let me candidly and freely admit that what I did during my years as banker, too, is no longer clear to me. Indeed, I must add that what I did during those years was never very clear to my erstwhile bank management either.
All I remember is that when I quit being a banker, I was enthused from black topi to pinkie toe with one blazing resolve: to write. And thus it was that in late 1992—armed with a portable typewriter, vivid memories and fanatical purpose— I adopted the guise of a freelance writer; a shabby, worn-out, ink-stained shawl that I still wear with pride, fully 30 years later.
Oh, now I recall a brief summary of my banking career that I wrote in 1994; it was carried as a middle by Times of India—you can read it here.
I also have a LinkedIn profile outlining my writing career! It’s something I created about 17 years ago at the suggestion of a young HR-manager friend. “Everyone needs a LinkedIn profile,” she declared firmly. (It took nine years for me to discover, with chagrin, that she herself didn’t have one…never trust these HR people.) I’ve been told my LinkedIn profile is quite therapeutic—it relieves the deepest of manic depressions.
But to return to the point from which I was rudely distracted by myself: namely, my contemplating a career shift. Without further do, I present a brief resume for your information, entertainment and valuable comments and suggestions. I trust it conveys that I possess vast experience and diverse skills in a range of intensely obscure and significantly pointless vocations and fields.
[Disclaimer: I shall not be held responsible for any injuries including and not restricted to dislocated jaws, involuntary expulsions of false teeth, sprains or breakages to fingers, bones, etc. caused by slapping or punching hard surfaces in paroxysm of mirth, or any other kinds of physical discomfort or distress that the Reader might undergo in the course of reading this document]
Name: R P Subramanian
Age: Completed 47 years less than 20 years ago.
Sex: Yes! (Registered readers above 18 years of age may click here for full details)
Marital status. Singularly plural.
Gender pronoun: He/Hey Ra/Abbe oye/Saar
- Graduate in Science from North Eastern Hill University with Major in Vacuum Speculations and Distinction in Absolutely-Zero Physical Phenomena
- Advanced research and intensive experimentation on the metabolism of a spectrum of psychoactive cyclic biochemicals including a broad spectrum of naturally occurring cannabinoids and extracts from the flowering Papaver somniferum. Also investigated the neuro-biological effects of the dextro and levo-isomers of certain chiral compounds (notably, 1-phenylpropan-2-amine)
- Blue Card (‘Good’ ranking) in Class 3, St Edmund’s School, Shillong (1964)
- Over 150 highly disclaimed op-ed articles and 400 eminently forgettable letters in Indian Express, Times of India and other mainstream print media; over 300 articles online gathering e-dust
- Five books and a number of anthologized short stories for children (some of whom have hopefully survived and grown up, older and wiser)
- About 18 universally unread books on energy efficiency and clean energy technologies in Indian industry
- Can walk eight kilometres briskly without forthwith giving up my last meal or my ghost, or alternatively run two kilometres at 24–26 kmph when chased by angry mosquitoes and/or Congress mobs (have demonstrated I can run significantly faster and further when mobs comprise members of CPI(M) and/or Shiv Sena )
- Over 40 years’ proven experience running a reasonably clean, dust-free household in which the PM 10 levels are at least 250% lower than the ambient air quality in Delhi.
- Cooking for over 45 years (mainly veg, some non-veg) with a track record of not having poisoned anybody (yet).
- Comprehensive household management including essential O&M tasks such as hand-washing dishes; jhadoo-pocha; dusting; hand-washing clothes; Ironing; and primary-level stitching.
- Fluent in English and Hindi; proficient in Tamil, Malayalam and Assamese; working knowledge of Marathi and Bengali. Can banter and give gaali in three more Indian languages.
I eagerly await your comments, most honoured Reader. In the meanwhile, I shall work on my next post, in which I shall outline some career paths that I would like to pursue before the Dreaded Donkeys of Dudgeon decide to pursue me.
I knew you’d come here looking for titillation, you naughty devil, you…!!