Struck gold today while sifting through old projects. SY Introduction to Journalism assignment. We elected Pralhad as our ‘personality’ for the profile. P-Man, I made you seem half brilliant. In memory of the good times-
Pralhad Tipnis’ manner is as relaxed as his clothes. Dressed in a white t-shirt and baggy jeans, the second year media student from Ruia College has a ready, almost rehearsed answer to everything.
What could easily be mistaken for coldness is really his composure. The youngster with a passion for music is mature beyond his 20 years and gives off the impression of a wise hermit one might find on a remote mountain. His skinny, gangling frame only adds to that idea. Pralhad was not always all-knowing though. He confesses, “There was a time after my 12th standard, when I didn’t know where to go and what I wanted to do. BSc IT, BMM, the options were varied and I was flummoxed. This state of confusion was the worst phase of my life.”
Music acts as a drug for the reticent lad who swears by his guitar. “I remember the first time I learnt and played a song- it was Day Tripper by the Beatles, a happy song that I didn’t like much. But that feeling is unforgettable, my happiest moment,” he recollects. Heavy metal and classic rock are his preference. He also enjoys some classical music.
Apart from music Pralhad also cherishes his family, collection of movies and his close friends who have taught him valuable lessons. Another person who appears to have taught him lessons is Ayn Rand, his favourite author. “In addition to the timeless generic mystery novels, I love Ayn Rand’s works,” he quips. His approach to life is similar to the one upheld by the characters in her books. Though he admits that Rand’s idyllic objectivism cannot be practiced to the word, he believes in living for oneself. “Ultimately you make yourself; no one else is worth living for.”
A question about his ideal match is met with a nonchalant grin. He rubs his uneven, three-day-old stubble thoughtfully and pronounces that she should be someone who is “intelligent, with a sense of humour and who can overlook my quirky behaviour.” His future plans are to be an independent and established ad-man and settle down professionally. As for his personal life, he has no plans. Perhaps a wife, home and music on the Himalayas, one imagines.