Living Life, My Way!–Life of P(r)i


Priyanka N Ram, is the newest recruit at evam’s Children’s education division, Happy Cow.

Right after my first sem engineering examinations, I had this “Personality development” Trainer who walked into my class and started talking about where does one’s domain exist! That was probably the moment my life and thought process changed. He droned on and on about that, but only the word “domain” got into my mind and all I could think was “no! I am not in my space”. So I took my studies into my own hands and told my parents that I wanted to quit engineering and take up English. After all the usual family drama that would happen in a typical middle class family, they gave into my decision.

So it was “Bye bye engineering; Hi hi English Literature” (btw that’s a status from my fb that gave rise to a lot of rumors). And people were like “Why English? Can’t you learn that watching BBC and reading newspapers?” They thought they were funny but they didn’t know that they failed miserably at it. I didn’t have an answer for them then. I don’t have an answer for them now either. Because I am one who thinks that I am answerable only to myself when it comes to my decisions regarding my life!

And yeah coming back!! English literature… why did I want to do it? Everyone around me had a part in it. My mom introduced me to reading books. My dad added to that by getting me a library card (which I still treasure much more than any other card). My granddad contributed much to the cause… well okay to my cause. He introduced me to Shakespeare, Wordsworth and also Addison&Steele (No! Don’t Google them. Know about me! Continue reading this ;D ). I also realised that I could write as much as I can read. And I read all the time. So you get the point. But the difference is, what I write is for the elite eyes. The elite in my case is my family (after must pestering ; but let’s look over that shall we?)

Where does Evam stand for me in all this??
Theatre always fascinated me. Thanks to a granddad who took me for many Tamizh dramas and plays. Starting from my high-school graduation, I have always wanted to join the First Rush workshop of Evam. But two truths stopped me. One: I have stage fear; two: I emote more through words rather than showing them on my face (I don’t know to act). For every ad of First Rush, I’d call up and ask the details, and end up not registering out of fear. This continued till my college graduation. The fear didn’t go even then. But I have accepted the fact that stage is not for me and also realised the truth that theatre is much more than stage performance and it has a lot of planning and execution behind the stage in which I could be a part of!! Now a part of Happy Cow, Evam. Happy with this? Yes I am!! In the process of learning how Theatre works, am just two weeks old. But am home at last!

About EVAM

Founded in 2003 by Sunil Vishnu K. and Karthik Kumar, ‘evam’ today is a profitable young thriving arts organization making people believe in the power of the Arts.
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2 Responses to Living Life, My Way!–Life of P(r)i

  1. Vidya says:

    Would love to know more about what evam does in the space of children’s education. Wih whom should I get in touch with?


  2. Vignesh says:

    Awesome Priyanka.. Way to Go..


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