Punekars who effectively master the art of balancing work and passion

Updated on May 13, 2018 05:15 PM IST

Pune’s individuals who balance their time managing a job while pursuing personal interests reveal what it is like to juggle two distinct vocations and be good at both 

Rajvi Mehta balances architecture and designing.(HT PHOTOS)
Rajvi Mehta balances architecture and designing.(HT PHOTOS)
Hindustan Times, Pune | ByAnjali Shetty

Rajvi Mehta
Passion: Hand-painted shoe designer, garba choreographer and portrait artist

The restlessness to implement her ideas was enough for 24-year-old Rajvi to dabble into many fields. While she pursues a career in architecture, she also dabbles in shoe and graphic designing, choreography and portrait painting. She says, “At first, it was nothing but willpower which prepared me to maintain a good balance between my profession and passion. But what inspires me to keep up that spirit are my parents. Their strong belief brought me close to what I am today. Along with them, I credit my balanced journey to my other family members, mentors and a few close friends, who always stood by and supported me.”

Does it get difficult to maintain a perfect balance between work and passion? “Yes, definitely. At times, its difficult to balance both when I have a lengthy list of work to be delivered, but then, the eagerness to follow the passion, patience and planning makes it simpler and easier for me.”

Rajvi is currently working on an architectural and interior designing project. She is also preparing shoe designs for prestigious exhibitions happening in the month of July-August and is simultaneously working on graphic designing assignments for clients which, including Aliens Entertainment, Reiki Paradise and Healthy Diet.

Shreya Shah

Profession: Art teacher

At 21, artist and anchor Shreya Shah has been smoothly balancing work and passion. Shreya started learning art at the age of 15 because of her curiosity to learn new skills. “I always actively participated in all school activities which helped me develop and hone my skills I also gave equal importance to my studies. As a person, I can say I am an open-minded and a free-spirited soul and always stood up for what was right. I am a good listener and a brutally honest person as well, which makes people connect with me easily. This quality helped me become a successful anchor as well.”

It wasn’t an easy ride though as Shreya suffered from stage fright when she was in school. “ My teachers helped me overcome it by making me the speaker at the morning assembly often and it was one of my teachers who once said that being independent makes a woman strong and respected. This idea had a huge impact on me.”

A fine arts student, Shreya teaches art in schools and in her locality. “It does get difficult sometimes, especially when I have my exams and submissions coming up along with my shows and classes. There are very few people who follow both their passion and profession, so I do not regret my decision.”

Currently, she is working with various NGOs and social groups to create awareness about child sexual abuse and menstrual hygiene via art. 

Sayali Bhagat

Profession: Application development analyst

Passion: Graphic designer

For 23-year-old Sayali, art and photography have always held a special place in her life. “I would sketch and paint right from school days and when in college, friends suggested that I should sell my artifacts and sketches. So, I started taking commission orders of personalised sketches and photoshoots. Meanwhile, I started my own web page, where I displayed my work. After graduating as a software engineer, I started working at a reputed firm, but I was not satisfied with my professional job. I also started freelancing as a graphic designer and continued to pursue my passion in photography too,” said Sayali.

She added that it does get difficult when the requirements at her workplace is more and she needs to meet specific delivery deadlines. “During such instances, I need to stretch a lot and work extra hours. But at the end, the appreciation from the client makes it all worthwhile. Even though at times the pay is less, the satisfaction at the end of every assignment and project is worth it. You need to understand that we can’t let passion die,” she said. Sayali will be soon moving abroad to pursue her Master’s degree and plans to open an art cafe in Pune soon.

Dr Malvika Mehta

Profession: Forensic engineer

Passion: Graphologist

A budding forensic engineer, a trained professional in graphology- handwriting analysis is what Dr Malvika Mehta is known for in her friend circle. “A doctor by profession, I found my passion in the field of forensic science. My work involves the investigation of various kinds of cases. I usually have to testify as an expert,” said Malvika, who works with SIFS India, a private forensic lab in Pune as their branch head and handles questioned document examination, fingerprint examination and cyber forensics. She also provides training for the same.

Malvika is more than happy to be balancing her passion and profession. She added, “I am always focused and dedicated to completing my work-related chores and somehow, my love for music as well. The latter always finds a small space in between all the chaos to help me relax and helps me calm myself down, which in turn helps me in completing my work in a better manner. It is like an energy booster for me. In spite of my hectic schedule, music plays a major role in my life.”

Malvika will be shifting to the United Kingdom for her postgraduate studies soon.

Anand Bhate

Profession: Softwware Engineer

Passion : Musician

For 17 years, Anand Bhate tactfully balanced music and engineering. He worked for Zensar Technologies and also pursued his passion, music. Today, while Bhate devotes his complete time to music, he share details on how he balanced the two for several years. “To start with, it was my parents who gave equal importance to my academics as well as music training since childhood. My guru, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, also encouraged me to pursue engineering and then the software engineering job alongside music. My wife, Deepali, was firmly supportive not only when I was trying to balance the information technology (IT) profession and music, but also when I decided to leave the job and chose music as a full-time profession.”

He added that it used to get a bit tricky to attain balance between work and music, especially because both the fields are target-driven and not time bound. “But I was able to manage things with effective time management and prioritisation. Being named as Anand Gandharva at the age of 10 was certainly my first milestone. Further, I was able to produce a song in the film Balgandharva in 2011 and received a National Award for the same. This was the turning point of my career. The most cherished highlight was becoming the disciple of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.”

Like Bhate, we speak to a few more individuals who are happily juggling profession and passion.

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