Uncommon Transitions

Manohar

Uncommon Transitions features conversations with individuals who have made a transition from one line of work to something very different. From IT to the social sector, for instance; or from management consulting to journalism; from advertising to spirituality, perhaps. Together with my guests I explore this transition to figure out what drove them to this change, how the change has panned out, and what they’ve learned from it. We speak about the differences between the occupations they’ve had, and how the transition has impacted them personally. Read more at https://uncommontransitions.in/ read less
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Episodes

Shruti Reddy: From dealing with Code to dealing with Death
Mar 9 2021
Shruti Reddy: From dealing with Code to dealing with Death
Shruti Reddy started working as a developer in the IT industry in 2006. But after about a decade in what she describes as “hard-core techie” roles, she quit and started a funeral services company. That’s right, a company that offers services “assisting you in your loved ones last journey”. I must confess I was a bit nervous about how this episode would turn out. That’s because while the subject matter was fascinating, I wondered if the conversation would live upto the expectations this topic generated. I needn’t have worried. Shruti, as you will soon hear, animates the conversation with her unbounded energy and enthusiasm, traits that have kept her going in this very difficult field. She opens up about the challenges she faced starting this venture, and she shares her ambitions for the future — not just of her company but of the industry in general. She talks about her previous life in the IT industry, the attitudes she saw there, and how she dealt with them. She reveals her deep interest in spirituality and her thoughts on a good death. She ruminates on how the five years in this field have changed her personally. Death may be a morbid subject, but this conversation is anything but morbid. I hope you have as much fun listening to Shruti as I did talking to her.Read more here. Music Credits:Carefree by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefreeLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Girija Hariharan: From IT practice to the practice of art
Dec 23 2020
Girija Hariharan: From IT practice to the practice of art
This episode is a long, meandering conversation, the sort you would have with an artist who thinks deeply about art and life. Girija Hariharan spent a decade and a half in the IT industry before taking up painting full-time in 2015. She began her art career as a muralist, painting walls at the homes of friends willing to let her experiment, but these days she uses any medium that catches her fancy, including cardboard from discarded boxes. Her art conveys an intriguing mix of mythology and anthropology, often with clear feminist echoes. In our conversation Girija talks about balancing the artist's and the business-person’s sensibility — her right and left brain at work, as she puts it. What also emerges is her deep-rooted desire for social development and her inclination to stay grounded in reality. She speaks about the importance of going with the flow in both art and life, and about what separates a hobbyist from a professional artist. This is a wide-ranging conversation that could have gone on much longer. Settle in with a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy the flow. Read more here.More on Girija's art and social activitiesWebsite: https://2flatbrush.com/Instagram: @2flatbrushRecent blog on Deka series: MatsyaCharity trust: Annai Charitable TrustGirija lives in Bangalore with her husband and daughter.Music Credits:Carefree by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefreeLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Rathish Balakrishnan: From IT to the Social Sector
Oct 15 2020
Rathish Balakrishnan: From IT to the Social Sector
My guest today is someone who chose to become a Social Entrepreneur after about a decade in the IT industry.  Rathish Balakrishnan started his career as a researcher at INSEAD in France. After a couple of years he returned to India and joined the software company SAP in Bangalore, where he worked for over a decade before co-founding Sattva, a consulting firm focussed on the social sector.Rathish and I have known each other since his days at SAP, where we were colleagues. In this conversation we talk about his career arc spanning two decades. We explore his love for writing and theatre, his passion for creating social impact, and his work in the corporate world. Rathish didn’t leave the corporate world because he disliked it; on the contrary, he says he loved working at SAP. Then why did he leave it? What decision making framework did he use for important personal decisions in his life? Why does he believe that a growth mindset is key to success as an entrepreneur? How did Rathish’s interest in writing and theatre lead him to his current role, and how do they influence him today? What made him read the Harry Potter series seven times end to end? These are some of the many questions you’ll find answered in this episode. Read more here. Book mentions in the podcast:Farsighted, by Steven JohnsonFactfulness, by Hans RoslingEnlightenment Now, by Steven PinkerThe Goal, by Eliyahu GoldratPoor Economics, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther DufloGood Economics for Hard Times, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther DufloExecution, by Ram CharanThe Leadership Pipeline, by Ram CharanSapiens, by Yuval Noah HarariThe Harry Potter series, by J.K.RowlingMusic Credits:Carefree by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3476-carefreeLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/