About

I am an engineering undergrad currently in the fourth year of my engineering and probably the most eccentric person you’ve ever met. People say I am an introvert and it is nice to believe them. I do prefer solitary activities like reading and writing to pointless outings/gatherings but I am open to having new (enriching) experiences and meeting interesting people.

Yeah, that’s me!

I have a wide array of interests ranging right from economics to history and politics, from cricket to Olympics, from movies and TV shows to food, I am an insatiably curious soul who is always looking for more. If you’re meeting me for the first time and are brave enough to surpass that initial small talk phase, I can assure you of being an entrancing conversation partner.

On this blog, I write about my life experiences and the lessons that I have learnt so far, opinion and informative pieces on pressing and burning issues/incidents/people and on economic happenings and concepts. There’s a reason for choosing each of the aforementioned tracks. One, our fast-paced lives have left us with little time for reflection. But introspection is important.  The life experiences and lessons enable me to share my learnings with the world so that people at least ponder over something which they might consider to be trite but is actually much deeper than they have ever imagined. Secondly, the opinion and knowledge pieces are for providing the readers with a well-researched and balanced view on topics that matter. And thirdly, the articles on economics are my musings about a subject that I dearly love. Economics has grown to assume a vital role in the functioning of today’s world and the jargon makes it difficult to understand for the commoners. As someone who appreciates the subject and who has had a little experience with it, I try to simplify the economic phenomena.

Here is a brief description of my past, aspirations and beliefs which I hope will give you a better perspective about the kind of person I am:-

The Timeline

  • I was born on January 22, 1996, in Patna, Bihar.
  • Completed my schooling from the Delhi Public School, Patna.
  • While growing up, I was really passionate about quizzing. In fact, I represented my school at various quizzing competitions, winning some and losing some but it has been a cherishable experience. The highlight of my quizzing career was being one of the national semi-finalists (top 8 out of more than 2500 teams from all over India) of the ‘Tax your Brain’ quiz organised by the Directorate of Income Tax, aired on NDTV and hosted by Sourav Ganguly.
  • The JEE Days- Those two years (classes XI and XII) have been the most defining years of my life till now and I feel that it’ll remain so for long. The rigorous preparation schedule, the motivation to make it to the best engineering institutes in the country and pressure of competing with the best brains out there instilled a great deal of self-discipline and purpose into my life. The end was not exactly how I had planned it to be but I learnt that the journey is more important than the destination.
  • Managed to clear JEE Advanced with a rank of 15607, which unfortunately was not sufficient to secure a seat at one of the IITs. But, things weren’t as bleak when it came to JEE Mains and a rank of 8943 helped me secure a seat at the Delhi Technological University (erstwhile Delhi College of Engineering), New Delhi.
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My Alma Mater!

  • Chose Mathematics and Computing Engineering because of the kind of versatility the branch has to offer. It is an eclectic combination of pure, abstract and applied maths, computer science and finance. It has left a wide variety of options at my disposal and I am learning something that will be of great use to me in future.
  • Led an international award-winning news satire website “News That Matters Not” for close to a year. It was a great learning curve and met some really awesome people. I am proud of the work I did.
  • Went to IIM Ahmedabad for a summer internship post the first year of my engineering. The experience helped me realise that the business world interests me.

Aspirations

  • Building on my experiences, I wish to solve business problems as a career and an MBA degree is probably what I’d like to pursue later in my life.
  • I want to be a published writer someday or a newspaper columnist (the ones you see in the editorials)!
  • Learning a foreign language (preferably Spanish), guitar and a dance form (Salsa or Flamenco).
  • Backpack across Western Europe!  (like Joey) 😛
  • Get involved in philanthropy and charitable work.

Beliefs

  • I am a theist.
  • I believe in optimisation, in doing what I can, with what I have and where I am.
  • This quote by John Lenon is what defines my life- When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
  • Writing, for me, is about creating impact. Even if a single reader of this blog mulls over what I’ve written or forms an opinion based on my content, I’ll consider it to be a success of my endeavour.

That’s all for now. You can stalk me on the various social media platforms, the links to my profiles are in the footer.

For more information drop me a mail at rakshitranjan22@gmail.com.

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Happy Reading People!

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