What do I do for a living?

I avoided the school re-union, why should I go and meet a bunch of idiots in Goregaon now that I am a Bandra Boy.

But then a couple of days back, I bumped into a school friend, he was in his new BMW. When one has been to school together, the eventual comparison of what we both have achieved so far will come up.
So he started his humble brag about his 200 crore business and the houses he owns. After I had heard him out. He said what do you do?

Now I said, I am in a hurry and I will tell him soon or write back to him. I took his email and phone number and pushed off.

This Blogpost is an attempt to tell the guy that though I dont have BMW and big houses in Mumbai, I am quite enjoying my life. (Which is a lie).

The truth is I am dreaming all the time of making it Big like him, but its so damn hard. But let me tell my school friend my story. There are 3 phases to my career.

First Phase

Manufacturing

I was very proud to brag about how I employed 100’s of workers and never miss my manufacturing targets. How I built a factory which people called as White Elephant or a Taj Mahal.
But those glory days have gone and I had to create my own mark in this world.

Middle Phase

Events, Foreign Exchange & BPO

Thanks to a friend I got a brief exposure into events. Helped a friend Organise a beautiful Poetry & Jazz Event.
The foreign exchange and BPO things is nothing to write about.

Current Phase

Hyperlocal Media and Social Media

So I got into blogging in 2008, the same time I broke up with my girlfriend. All the energy which I was putting into the relationship was available to me. This was the start of my media empire (which pays me peanuts).
But regardless of the pay, I like to believe I want to be a media baron. Not that I particularly like to boast about this on a school alumni meet. But, I can give it a shot, however ludicrous this may sound. (The thing about stupid people is that they don’t know they are being stupid).
Some of the hyperlocal sites I run are bandra.info , powai.info etc. One day I want to cover the entire Mumbai or the country is the dream.
Now I have been bootstrapping for last 7/8 years, but I right now I have no boots left. So I do whatever projects I get and chase financiers with begging bowls to fund my dream.

Outdoor Advertising Sales, Web development etc

To pay my Bandra rents, my friends were nice enough to give me some free lance work.

Closure

So dear school friend, I don’t have a house, I don’t even have a car. I cant say I am happy with my career. But there are 3 kinds of wealth you can get
1) Laxmi ( Financial)
2) Saraswati ( Knowledge)
3) Durga (Social)

I have spent last 8 years gathering knowledge and Power, at the cost of Laxmi. (sorry for this sad excuse).

I don’t know, if the knowledge and social contacts I have will lead to financial security. But If I make it to the next school re-union , you can assume I have laxmi, by my side.

Till then…
Adios

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