Turning 18 with HT: ‘I want to change the mindset of our people; education is key for growth’
He is a boy from Malout who wants to banish poverty. His favourite vacation spot is his granny’s place in Rampura Phull, but he is already collaborating with the world on the netpunjab Updated: Jan 25, 2018 12:46 IST
Born on: 16 June 1999
Badge of honour: Head boy, Learning Paths School
On turning 18
It was just another birthday for me. But it did give me a feeling of responsibility. I also sensed a change in the expectations of people around me. But what is most important is to learn new things and soak in experiences that enable you to step into the adult world with confidence.
What I want to be and why
I want to be an entrepreneur. It’s the entrepreneurs who are the essence of any country’s economy. Inventors make ground-breaking inventions but it’s the entrepreneurs who take these to the people. I want to help the poor get out of poverty, and there isn’t a better way of generating employment than by being an entrepreneur.
Fear and fantasy
I fear any obstacles to my ambitions. I get very frustrated when I feel I am losing direction. But then I step out for a walk among the trees and feel better.
As for fantasy, I want to see a world without poverty.
What makes me angry?
I get very angry when I am unable to learn something new. I struggle with myself and it’s very frustrating. I also feel angry when I am not in a position to help others. There are times I see people in tatters and I don’t have the money to help them. It’s maddening.
What I can’t live without
I can’t live without my parents, for they have struggled a lot to give me a good education and upbringing. They relocated from Malout to Mohali only because of me.
What makes me happy?
If I am able to accomplish something challenging, I feel happy.
What religion means to me
Though I come from a Hindu family, I believe in Sikhism. I get a lot of peace when I go to a gurudwara. My worries melt, and my brain gets emptied of all disturbing thoughts. I guess this is what religion is supposed to do – give you peace of mind and happiness.
My idea of India
India is both good and bad. When it comes to economic growth, I feel India will soon be an economic powerhouse. But our society seems to be stuck in a time warp. Look at the time and attention we are devoting to the movie ‘Padmavat’ when there are so many other issues that need a solution. We must start thinking more constructively.
The change I want to see in India
I want to change the mindset of our people. We keep drifting towards negativity. Our large population can be our strength if we can educate ourselves and act positively. Or else, our people will become an obstacle to our growth.
What I admire about India
I like its diversity, and the warmth in inter-personal relations. The small-town Indian is always there for his neighbour. Unlike his western counterparts, he is never too busy to not have time for others.
Change I would like to see in Mohali
I think Mohali is in a good shape. I wish I could bring about sweeping changes in my native town, Malout, and make it so good that the locals don’t have to leave their home for better education or standard of living.
Are you happy at the moment?
I am happy but not satisfied. I want to make something of myself so that my parents feel proud of me.
What does money mean to me?
We need money to survive. Those who don’t have it know its meaning. We should aim for excellence in any field, money will follow.
What does social media mean to me?
It’s a great field to explore; it can even give you a livelihood if you know how to leverage it. My friends and I are collaborating with people across the world, and making profits. It makes the world very accessible.
My role model
My father is my role model. He is one of the most hardworking persons I know. I admire the pains he has taken to educate me and my sister.