March 5 2018

Coffee Conversations with Navin

Right now, at this very moment, the world of social media is as busy as it’s ever been. To no surprise, the increasingly large volume of posts, tweets, pins and stories brings with it a lot of noise and fun.

In an effort to help others find the real value and connect with those creating it, yours truly Novemberschild has put together a new series on the blog – featuring some of the interesting and famous faces of Social Media who are really my close and very good friends.

This week’s featured interview is NAVIN SIGAMANY 

In his words he introduces himself – I am a photographer and storyteller. I enjoy people’s company and learning from their life experiences. I am energised by sharing my experiences with others. Very early on, I read about Thoreau wanting to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” and that has stuck to me, and I try to do that in everything I do – whether it is my photography or my writing or my travel. As my journey continues, I look forward to learning every day, and to give back at least a tiny percentage of what I have gained.

Let’s get into it.

Novemberschild: How many countries have you visited?

Navin: Not as many as you would think, nor as many as I would have liked to! The current count stands at 16.

Novemberschild: What is your favourite drink?

Navin: While several fine single malt whiskies come to mind, I must say that my favorite alcohol is Hendrick’s gin. However, there is a secret winner – the one and only Dinosaur Milo famed in Singapore and Malaysia!

Novemberschild: Favourite memory from childhood?

Navin: This is a real zinger – there are so many, and to sift through them and figure out a single one is so tough. I have however dug deep and pulled this one out.

Summer vacations in my family home at Coimbatore. The summer ends by early May, and in the last two weeks of May, the weather is pure joy. There are constant clouds in the sky, some of them dark. A cool breeze blows in from the Palghat pass, and there are occasional drizzles, which are ever so slight – the actual rains are reserved for June, around when schools reopen after the holidays. There is a constant petrichor in the air. This is the setting. My brother and I would play cricket inside our compound. The stumps were a wooden board leant against the wall, and the water tank at one end was the boundary. If the ball went out of the compound, it was out. If it went in the water tank, it was out. We would play by ourselves in the afternoon and evenings. As the clouds were out, there was no sun and, as darkness fell, in the far distance, we could see the headlights of lorries ascending the hills. This was the time our parents would return from work, and we could no longer play since my dad’s scooter would be parked and we couldn’t risk damaging it. These afternoon games of cricket, with jut my brother and me, were a time of contentment and peace. We would make up games of cricket – each of us would be a cricket team, and we would bat in different styles for different batsmen. There was a whole lot of fantasy gameplay that would happen, and in that small world, we were content. This golden period probably lasted for four or five years.

Looking back, definitely the top memory from childhood.

Novemberschild: How would you describe your fashion sense?

Navin:  Non-existent! I dress for convenience and utility – and as a photographer that usually includes a harness with two cameras hanging from it! I do have a fascination for hats and sunglasses though 🙂

Novemberschild: What phone do you have?

Navin: I have a Google Pixel XL, and will probably have it for quite some time to come! I have been an Android user from the Nexus One days, and have had every flagship Google phone since then!

Novemberschild: Tell us one of your bad habits!

Navin: Maybe later! If you didn’t guess already, it’s procrastination!

Novemberschild: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Navin: Purple, ‘coz I’m so awesome!

Novemberschild: What was the last gift you gave someone?

Navin: I bought a domain as a going away present for a friend who is moving to another country. I’m so bad when it comes to gifts that my wife has banned me from buying her any gifts any more! 

Novemberschild: Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.

Navin: Here’s how you can have a unique password for every single account you have in your life without forgetting even one of them.

Step 1: Make a root password. Easiest way of doing this is to use an unforgettable sentence, like “My dad was born on 12 October 1956.” Use the first letters to make your root password – Mdwbo12O1956. This part is constant and unchanging.

Step 2: For each of your logins, use the first four letters of the domain as a prefix and the first four letters of the username as the suffix. For example, if your account is [email protected], your prefix would be gmai and suffix would be myac. Your password would be gmaiMdwbo12O1956myac and you would never forget it!

I have a whole post about this here.

Novemberschild: Why are you so amazing?!

Navin: I’m not really sure I’m amazing! I just a man, enjoying my beer by the swimming pool!

Stay up to date with Navin via his blog, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you so much Navin.

If you wish to be featured in this series, you can drop me an email or get in touch on Twitter. I shall be really happy to make you part of this. You don’t have to be a blogger/writer/reader, but make sure you are an awesome personality.

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