Singer Kailash Kher: One needs to look beyond marks to achieve success in life
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Singer Kailash Kher: One needs to look beyond marks to achieve success in life

Through the recent initiative, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, singer Kailash Kher urges students to realise their true potential, asks them to share their marks without shame and talks about the greater purpose in life that is #BeyondMarks.

more lifestyle Updated: Jun 19, 2017 17:42 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
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Singer Kailash Kher shares his thoughts on the initiative, Dil Pe Mat Lo Yaar.(Praveen Bajpai/HT Photo)

Not many have struggled the way singer Kailash Kher has, and he says that if not for that experience, he wouldn’t really be who he is now. Kher feels that parents and children, these days, are running together in the rat race of success and high scores have become the only measure of how good a person is. A part of HT City and HT’s initiative, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, the singer talks about his struggles, failures and the bumpy road to success. He wishes that parents start looking #BeyondMarks and aim to raise a good human being.


I never forget that struggle, I never forget my roots, and all that my elders instilled in me. You shouldn’t too!

Struggles make you a strong person. They are necessary for your growth. They let you realise your positive and negative sides and teach you to strike a balance between them. In search of my true calling, early on in my life (when he was just 14 ), I left my house. It turned out that music was the only thing that I wanted to do. But, this realisation came across after learning from multiple teachers, sustaining my life on a meager sum and facing adversity that many fortunate ones never have to go through. Music, too, did not come easy for me. I started with jingles for radio and TV and later got a break in Bollywood. After receiving much recognition, I didn’t forget my struggle, my roots, and the learnings from my elders. And, you shouldn’t either!


Children are not drones, and each one of them is born to be unique in their own way. Not everyone is destined to score high or be an academic champ

On this issue, there is a ground level problem. Having wealth isn’t enough for raising kids. And, if you’ve decided to raise a kid, raise them well. Children are not drones, and each one of them is born to be unique in their own way. Everyone is not destined to be an academic champ and score high. Parents need to imbibe the right values and education in their children. Scoring high marks is not a bad thing, but life is not about 2+2. For a child’s holistic growth, parents should also participate in the process of learning and learn a few things themselves. Once you decide to look #BeyondMarks, great things will happen.


Failure is part of life. It is a great teacher. There is nothing like instant success. Success is a long, tiring journey, which is riddled with failures and tests. Learn from your failures and rise above them.


Less or more, one shouldn’t be ashamed of their achievements. #ShareYourMarks and be proud of them because you’ve put in your efforts for it. Marks do not define a human being. Even legends have scored less marks. Educationist KJ Somaiya was just a 7th pass, much like many other legends. Marks are a small measure of your innate capabilities.

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First Published: May 26, 2017 17:28 IST