i came back to bangalore, a little over four years ago, as my dad has parkinsons and at that time the medical opinion was that he was terminal. as both my parents were getting on in years, i wanted to be around and be of use to them. so going back to a corporate career which meant 25 day travel and 16 hour workdays was meaningless.
a chance encounter with Dr Nagesh Malavalli who was the Principal of M.P.Birla Institute of Management, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan opened up a new conversation for possibility, teaching.
let me clarify, it’s not that i had not thought of teaching as an opportunity at all. in fact when i did my pre-doctoral from d.school, all i wanted to do was teach and research and write. at that time, a corporate career was nowhere on my radar and when it happened out of the blue, i embraced it with a zeal and zest that made my father comment that i had sold myself to mammon!
so when i wanted to sign out of the corner office, even as i was packing my bags, there were four things i had in mind that i wanted to do. teach. learn music. write. do my Ph.d.
i’ve done the first three and lack the drive to do the last 😦
when nagesh invited me to teach, i remember he showed me the curriculum and asked : what subject do you want to teach. 20 years in the corporate sector across continents and domains pretty much equips you to teach anything . i had almost said yes to marketing when he asked me if i’d be interested in entrepreneurship as it was very difficult to get people to teach it.
i’m not exaggerating, but that minute i knew i was embarking on something really exciting. i did not expect it to become as pervasive in my life as it has now, certainly not. but i knew i’d have fun with it. and i said to nagesh, let me give it a shot.
and therein lies the story of my second life.