Tell us about your Journey?
I have had a very interesting journey. I started off as a lone ranger. At that time, somebody told me, “You should not be ashamed of doing any work. In your business, you can be an entrepreneur to a doorman.” Today, I can proudly say that I was not ashamed of doing any work. From site measurements, to drawings to delivering the lay-outs, I have done everything. With the grace of God, we got good clients and today we are a team of around 20-25 people excluding the management staff. Today, every architecture practice must have a separate team for management tasks. Our entire journey is a learning experience which is continued and will remain so till our last breadth.
What is the Importance of social media in today’s world?
Everything has its positives and negatives. Frankly speaking, I wasn’t connected to social media through my personal phone and downloaded the same only some time back for the sake of live videos. While designing, I do not want any obstruction which is why sometimes I even switch off my phone as well while working on any design. Since social media is a way to convey ourselves, so firstly we documented all our projects and posted them online initially for the sake of showing our work to the clients and prospects. However, gradually we started getting recognition for our work on social media where people started liking our work and we even received DMs from students who wanted to understand how we did the particular project. While nobody told us how to overcome any challenge during our initial days, I felt it was my responsibility to convey my knowledge to the youngsters. So we started doing Live videos for our projects. In time, this became beneficial for us as well since our clients also understood our thought process and became clearer about their projects. Moreover, in most cases, there are many discussions that are repetitive. So we are in the process of documenting the same.
It is still in nascent stage but we will definitely bring it in the system. We keep updating ourselves to answer the questions of people in the best way possible. Also, if our efforts help someone, then what is the harm? I believe that if we help someone, God will also help us in some way or other.
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