Gulshan Singh

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 Singh

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.

Gulshan Singh Trekking

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.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

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.

Off-road trip in Africa
Off-roading in Tanzania
Students Ethiopia
Teaching with AISEC in Ethiopia
Students Ethiopia
Bonding time with the kids