People who think differently or take the road less travelled often end up doing what most of the ‘sane’ folks cannot. The nonconformists and excessively creative people are glorious, and brilliantly so, in their uniqueness. Take Rowan Atkinson for instance—rejected by various filmmakers for his peculiar rubber-face, he changed the world of comedy through the same. Apart from that, he rides go-karts around his tennis courts, races and crashes his Aston Martins and “hasn’t an ounce of showbiz in him”, according to comedian Stephen Fry, who was also the best man at Atkinson’s wedding. But not all is comic about him. In 2004, he publicly opposed the British government’s plan to introduce a new legislation on incitement of religious hatred as that would destabilise free speech and thought and make political satire ineffectual.
Now, such are the heroes we need. But we needn’t wait for one to emerge. For, we are all heroes in our peculiar, little ways. We may stand out or find ourselves alone in this odd journey, but that shouldn’t stop us from being unique, speaking our minds, standing up for what we consider right or do things the way we are comfortable doing them. Peculiar People Day is to celebrate uniqueness and oddity—to reveal the geek, encourage the rebel and indulge the unusual and the weird. To find the oddball within, Team Soulveda introspects and reveals their peculiarities.
Life is ‘oddly’ beautiful
My interests span across multiple fields—from music to writing, from naturopathy to interior designing, from marketing to computer programming. Yet, I do not specialise in anything. I am what you’d typically call a jack of all trades or a ‘multipotentialite’, a term I love to use. I do not have one passion or one true calling. Instead, I have a bunch of things I want to try my hand at. It makes me a non-conformist in the eyes of those around me. Irrespective of what others think of me, I am at home in a world that’s odd to most, yet normal to me. – Sai Priankaa
Not all quiet on the ‘western’ front
Throughout my life, from the awkward teenage years to silent adulthood, I have been an introvert, but of a different kind. I talk less, laugh more. At social gatherings, I am the guy who you see sitting in a corner, mostly observing people, soaking in their mannerisms. That’s who I am, except when you hear Bane’s gruff voice from The Dark Knight Rises or watch the larger-than-life persona of Don Corleone from The Godfather come to life. That’s me, taking centre stage, be it in front of the mirror or in the company of people. Some enjoy these acts, others think I am weird. But it hardly matters to me because this is who I am. A strange introvert who doesn’t talk much, but every once in a while, lets his peculiar self out. – Arun Kant