Delhi Metro, An urge to abandon and Connecting the dots

I was on my way to work.
Dead inside, I got off the metro midway to head back home.

It was the 1st day of my internship, and it wasn’t a usual feeling I get on my first days. I wasn’t particularly excited about this one.

Life was changing.
2 weeks ago, I graduated, travelled to African continent for the first time in my life, and had let go of a decent opportunity with a promising startup.

What’s the worst that can happen?
I was going to intern with Times Bridge. A reward I had earned for winning a Marketing Pitch Contest — Pitchathon.

During the last few months of college, my friends were either looking for accommodations in the cities they had secured jobs or closing their final offers, compensations etc.
I was perhaps the only one crazy enough to go for a 3-month, no guarantees about the future ‘adventure’.
In an unlikely sequence of events, I was smiling with the uncertainties around. I felt fortunate to have realised my calling. The past 2 years had been exhausting, explaining to family, friends and professors why I will choose to get into advertising after committing 4 years to Biotechnology.

The day I graduated, I remember getting a call from Collin, my to-be manager at Times Bridge. He informed me about a few new developments within the team, and how I was to be impacted.
In short, I went from being a brand strategist with the in-house creative studio to an author/correspondent at AdAge. This meant less ideation and more of words.
It was still marketing. But from a different lens — a passive one.

What’s the worst that can happen?
Let’s do it.

I boarded the metro, this time to go to the office. I am glad I did.
I loved the people at Times Bridge. The culture was amazing. I liked my work. And coffee was decent.

I got an opportunity to see the world of advertising & marketing very closely. I met people I had admired from the industry. I got to be amongst the first few to witness and analyse marketing campaigns for many brands. Conversations with the team were always open, candid and more importantly uplifting. When I look back now, there was nothing else that could have given me this exposure.

All these experiences have shaped me as a person today.
3 months I spent at Times Bridge are still the ones with the steepest learning curve. I still go to people I met during the course of my internship for advice, which I hold to a high honor.

Often we ignore the small dots vying for the bigger picture.

Marketing, Coffee and Formula 1 keep me up at night.