Turning 18 with HT: ‘Mistreatment of the elderly angers me most’

Sameer Joshi wants to ‘serve humanity’ by joining the Indian Administrative Service and hopes reservation and corruption will soon come to an end in India.

punjab Updated: Aug 06, 2018 13:39 IST
Ribha Sood
Ribha Sood
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Turning 18 with HT,Mohali,Henderson Jubilee Senior Secondary School
Sameer Joshi, an engineering student at Punjabi University in Patiala and former student of Henderson Jubilee Senior Secondary School, Kharar, Mohali, where he was head boy, loves to sketch and listen to Punjabi music.(HT Photo)

Name: Sameer Joshi

Born on: May 22, 1999

Badge of honour: Former head boy, Henderson Jubilee Senior Secondary School, Kharar, Mohali.

What turning 18 means to me

Turning 18 means taking a step forward in life. It’s a period of change. I am becoming sensible and responsible for my words and actions. My mind works more rationally now. Even my parents have started treating me like an adult.

What I want to be and why

I want to join the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Although I am studying engineering at Punjabi University in Patiala, my goal is to clear the civil services examinations.

My idea of India

India is a very interesting country. It has rich history and is also a land of mystery. Different cultures that co-exist here make it a unique nation.

What makes me happy

I am happy when my family is happy. My father Rakesh Joshi is a property dealer and runs a private business. My mother Anju is a teacher at Vikram Public High School, Kharar, and my elder sister Medha has graduated from DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Sketching and listening to Punjabi music, especially the songs of Babbu Maan and Kulbir Jhinjer, give me joy.

What makes me angry

I am a short tempered human being. One thing that makes me very angry is to see people treating older people badly, especially their parents and grandparents.

My fear and fantasy

I’m afraid of disappointing my family as I want to live up to their expectations and make them happy. I often fantasise about walking solo on a beach under the moonlit sky.

Am I happy where I am?

Yes, I am happy but not completely satisfied. There’s a lot more to achieve in life and I know I deserve better than what I have today.

What money means to me

Money is something on which our life depends. It teaches us the essence of living, hard work and patience.

What makes me proud about India

India rituals and history make me proud of my country. Besides, the sense of brotherhood that joins people of different cultures is commendable.

What I can’t live without

I can’t live without my family and friends. Besides, my phone is a true companion and life’s difficult without it.

What social media means to me

Social media is a tool used in communication that helps us save a lot of time. It helps us connect, share information and get latest updates with just a few clicks. People can use social media to raise their voice against a certain issue, create awareness and advertise their business.

Change I want to see in Mohali

Be it educational institutions, hospitals or libraries, Mohali lacks good facilities. Also, the city needs to be checked for its cleanliness and development.

Change I want to see in India

I want reservation in the education system to end and equal opportunities for all. India needs to be free of corruption that is weakening its roots. Indians should be respectful to girls and give them chance to show their worth.

What religion means to me

Religion is a human creation. God created man but man divided God and termed it religion. I respect all religions but believe that God is only one.

My role model and why

Though many people inspire me in life, I consider my grandfather Sohan Lal Joshi as my role model. He was a government teacher and a very kind man who had spent most of his life serving others.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 13:39 IST