Not writing for the last one month may have been the biggest disservice I have done to this blog and all the people who’ve been supporting me in this incredible journey and there are countless number of times when I began to write but stopped. The reasons ranged from cranky baby to playful baby, project deadline to project hunting, exhaustion to boredom.
But despite all of the above being true even now, I have decided to make the most of this morning on the 14th of January and write what I’ve been unto.
The end of last year and the beginning of this one have been like a racy plot of a Quentin Tarantino thriller. Barring the gushing blood (well, there was a paper cut incident which I guess could be counted), there have been several twists and turns of plots which have led me to working on a few exciting projects.
So last we met, I was onboard Teach for India already, right? Well, I’m happy to report that they haven’t knocked me out yet and I continue to work with the fantastic folks there to make their funding strategy sustainable and more adaptive.
Part of the work was understanding their fellowship model, for which I visited several schools, most of them state run. And thats where one can see the true picture of ’emerging India’. The government provides kids with tablets to study, but no tables and chairs (or they’re miserably broken if they’re there), there’s mid-day meals but barely any nutrition (does someone check the quality of food those bacchas are being given?)
The sheer scale of the problem is overwhelming and doing any small thing seems like scratching the surface. All the more reason why organisations like these need to be helped sustainably to make a significant difference.
One interesting observation that has emerged (which seems to be common to both the corporate as well as the non-profit sector) is that often we are unable to get off the starting block, simply because we are stuck with the idea of what’s perfect. And that elusive, gorgeous idea is hardly ever achievable, at least not at that stage.
So my new mantra for seeking perfection is ‘Iterate’.
Don’t jump for the moon straight away. Make a plan. Get a plane. Get the plane off the earth. Orbit in the right path for a bit. Change the path if you move off track. And then you’re bound to reach the moon at some point.
Speaking of iteration, my career path seems to be evolving as well. I’ve also officially become a TV scriptwriter and am writing for an actual, real TV show around college life that’s airing on a known Hindi GEC starting the end of this month!!
SUPER EXCITING stuff!
Also loads to learn in terms of breaking an idea into a 8 scene outline. Translating the outline into dialogues for each of the characters. Visualising the scenes and describing them for the director.
I’ve only been given 2 episodes to write as of now, but hopefully those 2 will give me an opportunity to write 4 .. and then more.
Baby S is turning 1 year old in a week’s time.
This is going to be an exciting week. Can’t wait to tell you more about it tomorrow.