Follow your heart and take a plunge into a new world, said Sonia Golani,CEO of Management Consultants Group,Mumbai,and author of the book My Life,My Rules: 18 Stories of Unconventional Careers,as she introduced the audience to people who dared to step out of their comfort zones,changed tracks and pursued professions they were passionate about. Golani was in Chandigarh on Friday as part of Chandigarh Literary Societys Meet the Author programme.
The book narrates many inspiring stories. Rahul Akerkar has a Masters degree in biochemical engineering from the US but is better known as a celebrity chef and owner of Mumbais fine-dining restaurant,Indigo; Harsha Bhogle is an alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad,but is a renowned cricket commentator. Rashmi Uday Singh was once the deputy commissioner in the income tax department but is widely known today as a food critic.
These and other stories feature in My Life,My Rules,exploding conventional myths about professional choices. After a doctorate in environmental toxicology,Rahul Ram of the Indian Ocean band chose to be a musician,who features in the book along with Amish Tripathi,an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta with a successful corporate life,who became one of Indias bestselling authors. There is also the story of Ingrid Srinath,a woman who gave up a highly paid and exciting life in advertising to work with an NGO.
The book,according to Golani,seeks to inspire every working individual to opt out of the rat race,chase their dreams and pursue a profession of their choice for inner happiness,success and a long term career.