Indeep Bakshi urges students:  #ShareYourMarks, they are mere numbers
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Indeep Bakshi urges students: #ShareYourMarks, they are mere numbers

Singer Indeep Bakshi, who shot to fame with his single, Saturday Saturday, shares his success story, encourages parents to look #BeyondMarks, and advises students to feel free to share their scores.

more lifestyle Updated: Jun 19, 2017 17:42 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
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Singer Indeep Bakshi strikes a pose for the HT City initiative, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar.

Singer Indeep Bakshi couldn’t score the way most students are expected to in their 12th boards but that did not hinder his rise to become a name synonymous with hit Punjabi music. An architect by profession, the singer let his passion for music take centre stage when he 25 years old, and says that the marks in school played no role in getting him where he is. A part of HT City and HT Campus’s newest initiative, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, he shares his marks, his struggle, and why there should be no shame when you #ShareYourMarks.


I was actually a very good student till 10th grade. I had scored 80% and had opted for science. But then music, girls and a shift from science resulted in me scoring around 60% in 12th grade. It was disappointing at first, but my parents, unlike most, were supportive. They somehow knew that it wasn’t the end for me, but a beginning.


My parents always supported me, regardless of my choices . They believed in me.

I wanted to be an architect. While I was yet to receive formal education on it, I used to travel to Gurgaon and learn from new buildings coming up there. I studied their structures, design and initially worked free of charge to gain experience. My first break took a while, since I didn’t wanted to work under someone and get a mere salary. I designed about 20 villas and whatever I had earned, I gave it to my parents for they believed in me. Music was always an interest, but I had never decided to take it up as a career. Making that shift and turning my passion into profession was the best decision I’ve ever made. Like every successful person, even I had to face obstacles. But my focus on the goal along with the unconditional support of my parents got me where I am today.


We are creating a generation of rote learning this way— people who are high scoring literates and not educated individuals— and that is the problem

The biggest problem with our society, specifically with parents, is that they concentrate solely on their children’s scores. From who’s kid is scoring better, who got into which college to who spent how much on tuition, parents have become more competitive than their children. But, have they ever asked their children where their interest lies? Even with hobbies, most kids pursue them because their parents want them to. We are creating a generation of rote learners, who are high scoring literates but not educated individuals. I want to urge everyone to look #BeyondMarks, and realise that numbers do not dictate your success.


Failure shouldn’t be treated as the end of everything, as it’s just another step towards success. Learn from your mistakes and move towards your goal. If you are hardworking, dedicated and have your family’s support, you can turn any dream into a reality.


I shared my board marks with you, and have always done that (whenever asked) without shame, and you shouldn’t be ashamed too. People will always try to compare. Even if you score 99, there’ll be someone who will come up with a 100. Be proud of whatever you have score for you’ve given your best make your next move towards success.

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First Published: May 25, 2017 12:02 IST