Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Alternative careers

Had heard this question some time back. "what would you choose as a career, if it is not what you are doing currently?" and, one was expected to come up with at least 5 alternative careers. I found I could come up easily with more than 5 !! So, here are my alternative careers :

1. Restaurant Critic
Nissim suggested this one, based on my habit of ranking eating places - 'ambiance good, service bad, food ok ; overall not good value for money' etc etc :). But, as he pointed out, as a vegetarian I would be handicapped in this job !!

2. Chef
Well, as is evident from my appearance, I enjoy food - especially good food - and I enjoy cooking. Would love to take up some cookery classes and be able to whip up delicacies!

3. Writer
I was seriously considering writing some columns for newspapers - like the O-zone in TOI . Whether they would entertain me is secondary :D But, I like writing. The recent decline in frequency of blogging is primarily due to my shift to campus and the lack of internet in hostels there. A lot of blog posts are composed in my mind, and die a slow death there, without ever seeing the light of cyberspace.

4. Being a member of a music group.
It has always been a cherished dream. And, during Swar Sandhya at IITB, this dream just got reinforced. But, for any dream to be fulfilled, one has to work hard, and, I realised the hard way that I hadn't put in enough effort for this dream to come true. Anyway, tomorrow is another day and there's no harm in continuing to dream!!

5. Wild life enthusiast
I love animals, and, can sit and watch Animal planet and NatGeo programs on snakes, reptiles, birds and all kinds of animals, for hours on end!! The Animal Behaviour course I took at IISc was one of my most favourite courses :) Would seriously love to be out in the field, observe and understand how wonderfully Nature operates!

6. Travellogue writer
Have recently been bitten by the travel bug. Am being filled with a desire to travel, go see different cities, different countries, see how the people are, what the history of the place is, what the habits are, look at their traditions and cultures, shop :D Would love to travel for a living, esp. if someone else is paying for it :D

Other choices of career , which are not as prefered as these, are veterniary doctor, interior decorator, Green Peace activist, School teacher, movie reviewer and book critic :D

So, what would be your alternative careers???


Abhishek Bhat said...


Please feed me and I shall tell you how good a job you can do :)

Bastet said...

Sure! If you don't mind having batanya ambat :D Nissim claims the only thing I know to cook are peas, in different forms :D

PK said...

Swar Sandhya at IITB was conducted by Veena Sahasrabudde, rite? I have downloaded the mp3s from the IITB site.

Bastet said...

Hi praveen, thanks for dropping by! The years when I was there, there was no Veena Sahasrabuddhe... there was a Girija Sahasrabuddhe, though.

Nissim said...

A lot of blog posts are composed and then decomposed in your mind :P

Vinay said...

I remember doing this midway through a binge night, nearly 3 years back. Rummaged my inbox to confirm what I had answered:

*Genetic Engineer
*Guitarist aka Rockstar

At this point I would trade the last one for being a travel show host :)

Bastet said...

@ Vinay "Astronaut" cooool :) Literally aiming for the stars, eh? :D And, yep, any day travel show host better than Politician :)more enjoyable for sure :)