Taking chances with Shubhendu Mitra – Artist, Dreamer, Biker
How many of us actually take chances? How many of us go all-in in life? How many of us don’t just talk about passion but are ready to follow it? How many of us dream?
Well Shubhendu found himself at an uncomfortable crossroad in life, when he was 4 years into engineering he realised how much he missed the artist in him. And suddenly, things were clearer than they had ever been.
Following is an excerpt from the chat that Shubhendu had with Aditi Patwari, who was so impressed after meeting him that she wanted the world to know about it!
Aditi Patwari: How did Pedagoge happen and what is it that you do here?
Shubhendu Mitra: One day while scouring the internet for internships, I stumbled upon Pedagoge on Internshala. I came for an interview; they liked my work, and now, I’m a designer here. I design for almost every department of the organisation, be it posters needed by the marketing team or layouts needed by the techies, ingesting my creativity wherever it is needed.
AP: How was the childhood experience of a Bong kid in the heart of Punjab?
SM: My childhood was full of multitudes. At times I used to forget I wasn’t a Punjabi, at times I got a reality check, sometimes brutally and sometimes under the rug of jokes. Nevertheless, I, my name, my culture, fascinated some people and they grew up to be my closest friends.
AP: I know that you have loved doodling ever since you were a kid, so what made you take up Engineering?
SM: When I was in school, I’d spend more time with sketchbooks than textbooks. As I grew up, I discovered many different tools to digitally curate art over the internet and I was more and more enamoured by this. However, my parents were staunchly against designing; and my ignorance and laziness made me succumb to engineering.
AP: It must have taken courage to leave all formal training for a job based out of a hobby, moreover in Kolkata. What was your family’s reaction to this?
SM: Mixed and dubious.
Mother took this as a shock that my formal education was going to waste. My father just found solace in that I would at least be able to make a living for myself.
This thought kept my hope alive – “When was the last time you tried something for the first time?” and I finally decided to run away from Engineering.
However, “Why Kolkata…?” is a question thrown at me often; “People are trying to leave this place and you’ve come here.” people sighed.
Well, being a ‘Bong’ and having spent all my life outside Bengal, Kolkata’s like a summer love that never got its chance to blossom. This city has always lured me and here I am.
AP: Against all odds you switched career paths. What gave you the conviction to do it?
SM: Conviction? It might actually be the lack of conviction. Lack of conviction to get a formal education, a stable job, to spend my whole life in one place.
For the first time in my life, I was fully listening to what my heart had to say, and that is what made me ‘Take the Chance’. And believe me, right here, right now, I’m the most content I’ve been in a long, long time.
AP: What does the future hold for Shubhendu?
SM: Future… that’s something I couldn’t possibly answer. I think no one can. I might stay in this city for a long time or I might not. But I am surely going to stick around long enough to carry some beautiful memories with me wherever I might head next.
Shubhendu took a chance. He keeps taking chances every day, he keeps listening to his heart every day; at every juncture, and he happily says that he will continue to do so.
That is the thing about crossroads, isn’t it? There might not be any signs for us, there might be no guiding lights for us, but while standing there deciding which way to go, our passions burn bright, our hearts speak out, clearer than anything else, louder than anyone else.
Shubhendu is the man behind all the creatives and artworks at Pedagoge, From logos to icons to web designs to pamphlets to posters to creatives for social media to even the post for this blog! A man who loves weaving stories, Shubhendu is the Asst. Manager – Creative at Pedagoge for the last four months.