Boy, have I seen more than my fair share of blessings.
My advertising journey started in 2003 with stints in Client Servicing, Account Planning and Copywriting, in that order. I was trained into the advertising way by 2 of India's finest advertising craftsmen Zarvan Patel and Prashant Godbole, and saw my way to picking up a slew of ABBYs (the award at India's top ad festival Goafest) every year between 2012-2017. Had the Ad Club Bombay not discontinued the award that year, I would've been Copywriter of the Year 2013.
My most recent misadventures involve attempting to start an ad agency without so much as a rupee in the bank. I deposited my intellectual capital at a then unknown agency in Gurgaon who were looking to rebrand, and rechristened them Foolish. We launched on April Fool's Day 2016 with a recruitment campaign trolling the who's who of Adland. The campaign went viral, and to add insult to injury (or should it be the other way around?) went on to win metal for Copywriting the following year, and I was picked to judge the Creative ABBYs.