Know Your Colleague – Gulshan Singh
In Near’s Know Your Colleague series, you will get to know the members of Team Near who play a key role in driving Near’s mission, values and day-to-day operations. This is a monthly series, and we shall have one employee cover every month. This month we asked a few questions to Gulshan Singh, HR Manager, who is based out of Bangalore office and has been with Near over 2 years. Here’s what he had to say:
Gulshan, tell us about yourself:
Born in Punjab, The Land of Five Rivers and the motherland of Sikhism. I belong to a proud family of decorated Army Veterans. I was raised and trained in various military schools across India. I belong to a family where almost everyone has served in the Army except me. I chose a different path, I planned to travel the world. I took trekking expeditions in glaciers of Kashmir, hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro and went to silent meditation retreat in deep woods of Himalayas for weeks. I also went to Ethiopia briefly on Educational Assignment with AISEC.
What made you join Near? How has your experience been here so far?
I believe Near & I were looking for each other. I have been struggling with monotonous lifestyle of big corporate and Near was looking for a HR person who can sustain the pressure of demanding start-up culture. Near offered me a very challenging role to run HR operations and I just took it without second thought. I am happily working with Near for over 2 years now.
What are you most passionate about? What can we find you doing outside of work?
I am passionate about travelling (a backpacker style). You wouldn’t see me twice at the same place on this planet even if I am paid for travelling. I specifically like mountains so you would find me in Bhutan very soon.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I would like to get sponsored for month long vacation on IBIZA Island for spiritual rejuvenation ;).
Any interesting story or experience that you’d like to share
I went to Tanzania for work assignment and I ended up staying in a BIG-BIG GOLD MINE. A friend’s father was a local MP and owner of a Big Gold Mine. So I literally saw the complete process of converting Soil/Sand to Gold. Stayed under the same roof with Africans, Russians and Indians (part of the same family) and I ended up teaching Hindi songs to African kids. Off-roading in Tanzania in open gold mines, meeting the villagers, eating with them and taking expeditions to see some live action in the wild.