About

I am an undergrad currently in the fourth year of my engineering and probably the most eccentric person you will ever meet. People say I am an introvert and it is nice to believe them. I do prefer solitary activities like reading, writing and binge-watching but I am open to having new (enriching) experiences and meeting interesting people.

I have a wide array of interests ranging right from economics to history and politics, from cricket to football, 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 experiences, the psychology of everyday life, the lessons that I have learnt through my endeavours, arbitrary musings on societal practices or issues that I feel strongly about, and on my love for reading, eating and watching good content.

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

The Timeline

  • I was born on January 22, 1996, in Patna, Bihar.
  • Completed my schooling at 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.
  • 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 enabled me to develop a structured thought process and given me a very well-rounded education.
  • 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.
  • Secured an internship at Deloitte and worked with their consulting practice.  Loved working on intellectually stimulating business challenges which led to an informed decision of pursuing consulting as a career.
  • Got placed at PwC and will be doing consulting after I complete my engineering in 2018.
  • Was selected for ISB‘s prestigious Young Leaders’ Program 2017 after going through an exhaustive and gruelling process. Will graduate with the MBA degree as a part of the class of 2021.

Aspirations

  • 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 believe in optimisation, in doing what I can, with what I have and where I am.
  • This quote by John Lennon 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, relates to or learns from my experiences or expands their perspective through 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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