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Turning 18 with HT: ‘Govt should invest in youth by spending on education’

“India is the world’s largest democracy with a rich heritage and culture. No one is as warm and welcoming as Indians,” Mavi says.

punjab Updated: Feb 12, 2018 15:04 IST
Manraj Grewal Sharma
Manraj Grewal Sharma
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Turning 18,invest in youth,spending on education
Darpan Mavi dislikes the rampant lawlessness and streak of indiscipline in Indians. She wants stringent rules to curb corruption and crime. (Sant Arora/HT)

A bubbly girl who believes focus and regularity are the key to cracking the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Darpan Mavi loves the authority that comes with being the head girl.

Name: Darpan Mavi

Born: June 19, 2000

Badge of honour: Head girl, Guru Nanak Public School, Chandigarh

On turning 18

It’s the advent of a new life. I will step into adulthood, leave my school and go to a new college. It will be challenging but I enjoy a good challenge.

What do I want to be and why

I want to be a doctor as my mother has always wanted me to become one. It is her dream that I plan to fulfil. But eventually I want to launch an event management company as I love celebrations. That’s my passion.

Fear and fantasy

My biggest fear is of bringing disrepute to my parents. I don’t want to do anything that would cause my parents to hang their heads in shame.

As for fantasy, I want to organise one of the biggest and most dazzling events of the world.

What makes me angry

I get furious when I hear about rape or crime against children. It’s also infuriating to see young people going astray and indulging in indiscipline. I can’t stand liars and doublespeak either.

What makes me happy?

I like celebrating everything, right from our festivals to birthdays and anniversaries. It gives me great happiness to make others happy. I specially enjoy going to the village for festivals.

My idea of India

India is the world’s largest democracy with a rich heritage and culture. No one is as warm and welcoming as Indians. We also like to pursue lofty ideals.

What I dislike the most about India

I can’t stand the rampant lawlessness, the streak of indiscipline which pervades our people.

The change you would like to see in India

I want us to have very stringent rules to curb corruption and crime. We should also invest in our youth by increasing the budgetary spend on education. Teachers should be given more respect.

What I admire the most about India

I really admire the courage and fortitude of the Indian soldier. I am an NCC cadet and commander of the school wing of NCC.

Religion to me

It’s a personal matter. All religions teach the same values of humanity. But religion is for us, we are not for religion. We shouldn’t be typecast by our religion.

Money to me

Money can get you some things, but it can’t get you everything. I value it but I don’t think it should be the be all and end all of your existence.

Changes I want to see in Chandigarh

Chandigarh is called the City Beautiful, we should keep it that way. We should follow the traffic rules to avoid death on roads. We should also keep the city’s dignity by not littering.

I can’t live without

I can’t live without laughter or happiness. I can’t imagine life without my family and friends.

On social media

I use it. Thanks to it, we are all connected with each other. It’s so easy to access news; what is happening in one part of the world gets transmitted to the other real time. It enables you to help others no matter where you are. It also widens your thought process, but like in all other things, moderation is the key.

My role model

I don’t really have one but I admire Taapsee Pannu, the model, actor and entrepreneur. She was an engineer who became a successful model despite having people tell her that she didn’t have the right looks. Then she went on to succeed as an actor and has set up an event management company.

Am I happy at the moment?

I am very happy. I spent 12 years of my life in the school, now I am savouring my last days here.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 15:04 IST