Living Life to the Fullest - Pooja Reddy

This Hyderabadi girl is an engineer by profession but practices architecture, and lives life to the fullest. From travelling to baking, to planning her own wedding, she is in the middle of a crazy whirlwind of life, and enjoys every minute of it!

How would you best describe what you do?
I like to think that I’m a jack of all trades, in the process of mastering them all. I graduated with a B.E. (Hons.) degree in computer science from BITS - Pilani Dubai. After that I came back home to Hyderabad and joined JWT Mindset Advertising for two years, before working with my uncle who is a furniture and interior designer and the proprietor of ‘Open Doors’. I now execute the contracts he works on. The journey has been great so far, no regrets at all. I’ve been given the opportunity to explore my interests, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m a Hyderabadi through and through, an absolute foodie, and TV show addict!

What have been the highlights of your career so far?
I have always been a great student – through both school and college – and this made my parents and me proud. Career-wise, every internship or part/full-time job that I landed was exciting. Working with my uncle has been great; he’s easy to learn from and my hours are flexible, which gives me the time to pursue my other interests. For a while I worked at Concu Bakery as a part-time Community Manager. I had a really good time posting pictures of desserts and writing about them, as well as meeting new people every day!

Life-wise, I find going on vacations very exciting! I went on a cruise quite a while ago with my grandparents. That and another trip to Kenya with my parents were the most unforgettable vacations of my life. In the last two years I’ve been able to travel quite a bit, and the trips have been some of the best and most exhilarating days of my life.

What are your other interests?
I love eating. I am always up for a nice meal with some lovely company, be it my friends or family. My mom is an amazing cook and we look forward to when she cooks something up! But there are also days when I just want to sit in front of my laptop and ‘Netflix and chill’ with an order from McDonald’s on the side.

I also enjoy writing about food and travel, so when I have the time and when I feel really inspired I work on my blogging skills. I love a good book, and time really flies when I’ve got a good one. Online shopping is a boon and bane! I’ve also started going to the gym at the Secunderabad Club. I find that working out helps calm me down and vent in a healthy way.

Saturday/Sunday lunches at my grandmom’s place are something I look forward to the most! The food is super and the company is the best. It was a tradition my granddad instilled in us and I’m so grateful he did, because we continue it even today, long after he’s been gone.

What have you learnt over the years?
For one, starting out I wish I knew what I wanted to do education- and career-wise. Going to Dubai and studying engineering made me realise what I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life doing – I could have saved my dad a lot of money if I had known sooner (laughs)! I was also homesick all the time and visited Hyderabad four to five times a year. I wish I knew that engineering and medicine weren’t the only fields meant for you if you were good at academics. But then again, I believe everything happens for a reason; if something doesn’t work out, it’s always because there’s something better in store, hence no regrets.

Life-wise, I wish I knew then that nothing lasts forever. It’s important to spend time with loved ones and remind ourselves every so often that they will not be here forever.

What’s next for you?
I am getting married soon. And since a wedding is on the cards, right now most of my focus is on that. With the amount of planning going into it, who knows, I might just add wedding planning to my list of trades (laughs)! On a more serious note, I’d like to be able to have something that I can call mine/my own, be it a book, a restaurant or even a store; but I’m still in the process of figuring it out. Until then I’m very content being who I am, doing what I’m doing and taking each day as it comes.                        – as told to Suneela