As a lot of awkward millennials born in the early 90’s have, I grew up quiet and introverted with my interests really only being held by video games. In a way then, I always knew they were at least part, if not the entirety, of my life’s calling.
After a relatively bright period of schooling in sunny Doha, Qatar, I opted for a Bachelor’s study of Computer Engineering and spent four years (2011-2015) in the Indian metropolis of Mumbai, my place of birth, working towards a Degree.
The idea was to develop a technical background that would be solid enough for me to break in to the international games industry. Clichéd. Strangely though, I never really developed an affinity for programming; while the rest of my peers spent their final year planning for a Master’s study or a job in the IT industry, I found myself taken up by video game journalism.
From the fall of 2014 to the summer of 2015, I worked on online gaming news outlets Made For Gaming, GamersFTW and Throwing Digital Sheep as a freelancer, mostly pro bono, writing daily news pieces, conducting interviews, reviews, featurettes on the latest AAA/indie games and even briefly serving as Editor-In-Chief.
It marked the beginning of the most creative, albeit frantic, period of my life, helping discover my passion for video games based creative/content writing. Following a first-class graduation, I decided to capitalise on my recent revelation by kick-starting a venture of my own.
I moved back to Doha, Qatar, where I’ve spent the most of my budding life, and founded Higher Eclectic Ground as a social media based community in August, 2015, creating promotional blurbs for indie games, artists and musicians I took interest in across Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and a rudimentary version of this website.
By 2016, this evolved into the provision of highly personalised, tailor-made assistance with PR for games, while helping freelancers manage/build their online portfolios, establish a presence for their services and secure freelance jobs within the industry under the Higher Eclectic Ground banner.
This has been a full-time effort of mine ever since, with both aspects working together in synergy. Contrary to what one would generally assume then, the time I’m able to devote to gaming-at-leisure is fairly limited.
My favourite genres are that of action-adventure, open world role-playing and driving/racing simulation, with a strong affinity for deep, compelling narratives. I’m quite retro in my movie/music tastes, harbouring a strong fetish for popular culture of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Admittedly, this has exerted a considerable influence on my personality as well.
Other interests at this point of my life include subjects of spirituality, fitness and functional medicine, and you’ll often find me reading/studying within these realms during my downtime. So far, all of this has been intellectually and creatively rewarding, with my primary goal being that of developing a deep-seated, meaningful connection with life, while empowering others to do the same.
Whether Higher Eclectic Ground ties into this goal, I’ll leave for you to gauge. I hope you find value in what I do in some way or the other; if you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to reach out.