(All of us are born curious. Some of us actively practice it, irrespective of age. Our Curious Cases series give you a glimpse into the minds of such curious folk. May they rub off you the right way!)
Some of us have known Niranjan Pedanekar for a long while and have seen his curiosity at close range. A scientist, writer, theatre director, musician, humorist, footballer, and quizzer among other talents, we invited him to Curious Cases in a daring bid to understand his curiosity secrets. Did we succeed? Read on.
What I do
Professionally a scientist, practically a dabbler in many things.
On the Curiosity scale, I am...
What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference):
Number of books and movies I get through in a year
One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:
Phantoms in the brain
My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:
One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watched
Mahabharata by Peter Brook
I am currently reading:
Different every night (a theatre book)
One place on Earth that I am very curious about:
Tiger's Nest Monastery
Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:
One topic I am super-opinionated about:
People come to me to find out what I think about these topics:
What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference)
The strangest food item I have eaten
Drop (a dutch sweet)
If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...
Mind - Richard Feynman
Body - Usain Bolt
Shoes - Lionel Messi
One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt:
Tea contains Potassium
I stay up-to-date by doing this...
One interesting/fun fact about myself
I have not appeared for a proper job interview yet.
I express my curiosity by doing these things:
Learning new things
Reading about new things
Trying out new things
The one thing I am very interested in
My hobbies (theatre, music, poetry, literature, movies, fine arts, football, quizzing, communication)
A habit or skill I’d love to acquire:
I can play harmonium. But would also like to play guitar.
A movie or TV show that taught me something new
If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be
Who was Jack The Ripper
I would love to do this at least once
Stage my plays at the best experimental theatres
People I would like to ask all these same questions to:
Ramanand J, BV Harish Kumar, Harsh Nene, Shirish Karande, Amit Varma.
In another world, Satyajit Ray, P L Deshpande, Franz Kafka, and many more.
Curiosity is important to my work because...
I work in research and experiment in arts. Both allow me to use things freely from one domain to another. Both make me curious.
Someone I know who asks a lot of questions
Prof P C Kapur (asks a lot of good questions)
My curiosity tip
Time is a continuum. Do what you want to do, when you have the urge to do it. Juggle time later.
Where you can be found online
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