The Curious Case of Nupur Dave

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Name Nupur Dave

Location San Francisco

What I do Technical Program Manager at Google

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Audio > Social Media > Newspapers > TV Shows > Movies > Books. I am trying to push 'Books' to make it to the top of this list, but kambhakth, it's so heavy it refuses to move uphill.

Number of books and movies I get through in a year 2 books, 20 movies

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague: Bhagavad Gita GOTCHA! No, really.

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:Goodreads and quizzes for books, going through IMDB till sleep overcomes me, for movie recos

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watchedThe Devil Wears Prada. I have seen it 30,000 times

I am currently reading:David Sedaris: Me talk pretty one day

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Parts of Africa and Afghanistan. How must it be to live in a war torn area?

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info ha ha just kidding since you want to be boring :P

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Healthy eating! You won't dare eat crap in front of me :)

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Weight loss, Exercise, Photography, Writing, Cooking

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook > Linkedin > Twitter > Quora

The strangest food item I have eaten Sea weed

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Larry Page or the CEO of any big company. What does it feel to be famous and have power and lots of money? I'd hire a trainer, get into shape, go shopping for the best clothes and get to know of lots of juicy gossip.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: Burberry coats are made in Romania or China

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Internal mailing lists, where employees debate on topics ranging from women in tech to why you must not put your feet up on the seat in front of you, in a bus.

One interesting/fun fact about myself One? I could not cook. I used to burn my food. One day someone commented on my cooking skills. I took it personally. Now I have a food blog. :P I also ran a full marathon. I founded the women's cricket team in Bay Area.

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Asking open ended questions to people "What do you think about the socio economic situation in uganda", and sit back and relax. Watching ted talks, youtube and documentaries.

The one thing I am very interested in Writing! I love to write.

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: I am cool, but not chill. I want to learn to be more 'chill'. Right now it's like "Nupur, fire fire!" "OMG WHERE WHERE RUN!" I want it to be like "Nupur, fire fire!" "Shaant gadadhari Bheem, shaant. Let me call the fire dept."

A movie or TV show that taught me something newThe IT Crowd: Have you tried turning it off and on again?

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be Mystery of Men's Minds: How do men really think? :)

I would love to do this at least once Win a quiz, man :( Never won a quiz.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Most certainly my dad. His answers to all questions is 'hmmmm'

Curiosity is important to my work because... It helps me research a topic before approaching someone. I can't emphasize how much i dislike answering questions that havent been googled. "Do you know which movie Altaf Raja acted in?" "Um, just google it?" "Oh" I don't want to be that person, so I Google the crap out of everything. It's good because it increases the use of the tool of my own company haha.

My curiosity tip Try improv. It put my quizzing knowledge into action because you need to connect different ideas on the fly, and makes you want to be more knowledgeable.

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