How to be a Free Spirit (in the Real World)

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by Ananya Roy on Saturday, December 21, 2013

Geekery (Science, Tech and Life Hacks)

Session type

Technical level


Tired of being stuck in a box and living up to the expectations of a predefined role? Looking to need less and do more? Impress less and be more? Keen to open up your life to new experiences, adventures and possibilities? And yet, achieve it all without squelching other peoples’ spirits or encroaching on their freedom?

Stories from my journey could help you get started on yours.


I will share experiences to illustrate a few ideas that guide me on the path to ‘free-spiritism’:

• Shifting Perspective • Relishing the Unexpected • Finding Beauty Everywhere • Pleasure vs Happiness • Loneliness vs Aloneness • Questioning Convention & Private Rebellion • Life On the Road & Temporary Nomadism • Staying Healthy on a Shoestring Budget • Gamified Giving


Come as you are

Speaker bio

Hi, I’m Ananya. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I love seeing new places, and have been backpacking solo and otherwise since my mid teens. I also love yoga, street photography, urban gardening, and collecting and telling stories. I’m a film maker by education, and currently work as a user experience researcher and designer.


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    [-] Shiladitya Guha 6 years ago

    Am with you on this.

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    [-] Maitreyee Chaliha 6 years ago

    You have my vote Ananya!

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    [-] Saif ul Hadi 6 years ago

    Interesting idea; great concept. Godspeed, Ananya!

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    [-] Kalika Sharma, CUA 6 years ago

    Absolutely love it, Ananya! Would give it a 100 votes, but have given one. :)

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      [-] Ananya Roy 6 years ago

      You are too kind Kalika :) So glad you like the subject (you'll probably have as much to say about it as me, or more!)

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    [-] Mohit J 6 years ago

    Relieved & thankful for this - even I still don't know what I wanna be, other than more free-spirited ! Hopefully you'll help us get here:
    "My life's been a poem I would've writ but I could not both live and utter it" -Thoreau :-)

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    [-] radhika ramadoss 6 years ago

    so looking forward to hearing about your experiences! amazing topic! my vote too for this :)

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    [-] Ankush Samant 6 years ago

    Loving it!! :) Looking forward to see your journey!

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    [-] Apala Lahiri Chavan 6 years ago

    absolutely wonderful proposal ananya...LOVE vote ( wish i had multiple votes) is totally for this.

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    [-] khushboo biyani 6 years ago

    Voted long ago! Wish I could be there in person to watch you speak.. one could really learn from you the secret of being free spirited!

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    [-] Devesh Rathore 6 years ago

    now this one's a much needed talk indeed! looking forwards to hearing your perspectives & approaches.

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