Honing his craft in photography & digital art is Sumanto Chattopadhyay's way to unwind

ChillOut: Chattopadhyay, Chairman, CCO, 82.5 Communication, rejuvenates by chasing the origin of English words, scripting and acting

by Noel Dsouza
Published - 1 day ago
Sumanto Chill Out

We all wish weekends could come with a pause button. It’s that time of the week when we unwind, and sharpen our hobbies and skills. For Sumanto Chattopadhyay, Chairman, CCO, 82.5 Communication, The Ogilvy Group, weekend therapy means spending time creating digital art, scriptwriting and shooting videos for his social media channels. 

Read on to find out more about Chattopadhyay and what he does to rejuvenate so that he is ready for the next week. 

On a typical weekend, you will find me...
In my avatar of The English Nut. Call it a hobby or a side hustle—it’s my exploration of the English language: Chasing after the origin of English words—be it in the native tongues of India or of the Aztecs—as well as rectifying the mistakes we make even when we are otherwise fluent in the language. So I spend my weekends researching, writing, shooting and uploading videos on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
 
This sounds like work, but it isn’t. The videos are light-hearted and smile-inducing. And they allow me to combine my passion for the language with two other passions: acting and scripting.
 

My idea of relaxing is...
 
Dabbling in photography and digital art. I’m not technically-skilled in either of these, but I enjoy both. They connect me to my inward eye.


 
One vice I cannot do without...
 
Smoky sherry whiskies. I had gone on a tour of single malt distilleries in Scotland with my father, brother and family. My father had introduced us to single malts and taking him on this trip was a tribute. Thanks to him, I have been drinking the likes of Laphroaig and Talisker for ages. I have always loved the smokiness of these whiskies. What I discovered on this trip was that when smoky whiskies are matured in a sherry cask, the result is sheer heaven. Tasting one such single malt at the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay was a memorable experience.


 
I love an adventure...
 
My last adventure was a horse-riding trip in northern Denmark. It was four days of glorious riding on Icelandic horses through the forests, moors and beaches of the North Sea coast. For me, riding is like meditation in motion.

I confess I am a...
Grammar Nazi. I can’t help it. Mistakes in spoken or written language are my pet peeve. Friends keep sending me articles on ‘studies’ that show that people who correct other peoples’ grammar are jerks. Well, then…
 
I spend me-time on...
 
Trying to achieve equanimity. Years ago, I acted as the Buddha in a play that toured India, Singapore and America. I tried to imbibe the nature of Buddha—which I achieved, if at all, in very small measure. But, ever since, I have tried, in my own way, to follow the eight-fold path.


The last show I binge watched...
 
‘Made in Heaven’. It’s OTT in its portrayal of life, but at the same time, it manages to pack in a few truths about our society and its hypocrisies. It’s well-made, with great casting and believable portrayals of the lifestyles of the rich and powerful—something that most Indian films and shows strike a false note with. I discovered that one of the directors of ‘Made in Heaven’ is Nitya Mehra—someone I worked with on Lakmé TV commercials years ago. It felt good to see her successful journey as a director.

 
I can make a mean...

Guacamole. I discovered the LCHF (low carb high fat) diet a few years ago and made it a way of life. It’s helped me control my sugar cravings, improve my health and reduce my weight. You can’t eat much fruit on the diet. Avocados—which contain a lot of fat and little sugar—are an exception. I mash them up with olive oil, Himalayan pink salt, cheese, balsamic vinegar and, holy guacamole, I’ve got a delicious and healthy snack! Guacamole is often used as a dip, but I consume it as the main event.
 

A skill I want to learn this year...
 
I went to the Kumbh Mela this year. While there, I wanted to shoot a couple of videos for The English Nut. I started shooting video on my phone—the first time I was doing so—as it was the only option available to me. The results were passable and I was able to put together The English Nut’s take on Kumbh—but I would love to upgrade my skills.

My next vacation/adventure will be ...
 
A self-exploration of some sort. In my previous vacations, I have done theatre workshops in Spain, film acting in Kurseong, Kenya and France, modelling in the mountains of Himachal, trekking on the Inca Trail and a riding holiday in Denmark. Who knows where the next adventure will take me…

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