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Turning 18 with HT: ‘Change takes time, be patient’

She wants to pursue a career in western vocal music but is also passionate about physics, particularly rockets, and believes in exploring all the options one step at a time

punjab Updated: Jan 22, 2018 13:34 IST
Yojana Yadav
Yojana Yadav
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Turning 18,India's youth,Chandigarh
Jahnvi Kashyap, a Class 12 humanities student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Name: Jahnvi Kashyap

Born: July 29, 2000

Badge of honour:School representative, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh

Jahnvi Kashyap, a Class 12 humanities student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh, likes to lead for she takes responsibility easily and believes in building bridges.

What turning 18 means to me

It means I’ll have to stop being lazy and dependent and do the daily chores all by myself. I plan to head out of Chandigarh for higher studies so it means moving out of my comfort zone.

What I want to be and why

I’m training in western vocal music so that one day I’ll write, compose and sing for a music studio.I’m keen on studying music in performance at Cambrian College in Ontario, Canada. I’m a physics enthusiast too so I have a logical and creative bent. After a degree in music, I’ll graduate in physics. Though I have humanities, I’ll be taking the math assessment test abroad to pursue physics.

My idea of India

Our future is bright because we are so diverse. Our demographic is a working population sowe need more jobs. We need to be broadminded. We judge our leaders without knowing how things work. Change takes time.We should stay aware and be patient.

What makes me happy

The ‘me time’ when I sing and read. I like to watch comedy sitcoms on the internet.

What makes me angry

The narrow mindsetmost people have about professions. I’m passionate about science and music as a career. Why does it take so long to change the socio-cultural mindset? Why does society fit us into a mould or box?

Fear and fantasy

My only fear is that I may end up settling down for something. I don’t want to be pressurised by society and settle for something that I don’t enjoy doing in my life.

As for a fantasy, I fancy having a meeting with theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. I alsowish I could meet some ‘alien basement developer from an alternate universe ordimension’. I could be an alien myself.

Am I happy where I am?

I’m happy but I’m also busy with the board exams nearing. You’ll always find me laughing though.

What money means to me

I should have enough money to support myself. I’m not craving for a luxurious life. The only time I’ll cherish money is when I’ll be able to share it with the less privileged.

What makes me proud of India

I’m proud of the strong family culture and our inter-personal bonds. Our parents are our biggest strength and support.

What I can’t live without

Books and music. I read biographies and science fiction. Elon Musk’s biography by Ashlee Vance is my favourite. On the music front, I must listen to ACDC, Metallica and Nirvana. I share my love for music with my parents -- Madan Lal Kashyap, a deputy secretary in the Haryana government, and Purnima Kashyap, a lecturer at Punjab Engineering College.

What does social media mean to me

It’s an imperative component of life today. All business is built on social media. It offers 21st century jobs such as social influencers and Instagram models. Online networking is a must.

Change I want to see in Chandigarh

I want the Chandigarh administration to put up more garbage bins across the town. Stick bins to trees, put them everywhere to stop littering. The city is an education hub and offers job opportunities, making it a big draw for migrant population. The growth on the periphery needs to be streamlined and traffic congestion eased.

What religion means to me

If there is a power, it’s within us. We’re made of the same structure as the stars. Then why can’t the star think or question or feel the way humans do? That’s because we have life and consciousness within us. We still don’t have the knowledge to comprehend questions like, is there a creator? We can only wander in our imagination and live with the mystery.

My role model and why

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, is afuturist and visionary. He is truly the Iron Man. He has given the world the idea of ITS or inter-planetary transport system. He’s making the Big FalconRocket (BFR) that will be used to transport people from earth to Mars in less than an hour.

Change I want to see in India

The unequal distribution of wealth and resources besides social and political bias should end.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 13:34 IST