Turning 18 with HT: ‘Social media fuels my passion for fashion’
Ekta Gupta chose the vocational stream in Class 12 to learn about fashion and clothing as she wants to be a professional fashion designer and work with Manish Malhotra someday.punjab Updated: Jul 16, 2018 12:48 IST
Name: Ekta Gupta
Born on: March 2, 2001
Badge of honour: Class 12 topper in the vocational stream, Government Senior Secondary School, Manimajra, Chandigarh
What turning 18 means to me
Life is going to be complicated now as there are newer responsibilities coming my way. It’s time to build a career. I’m excited about going to college to learn new things.
What I want to be and why
I want to become a fashion designer. I chose the vocational stream in Class 12 to learn about fashion, clothing and home-science. I have already joined Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, for a bachelor’s degree in fashion designing and aim for a master’s in this field. The reason for my career choice is my mother Meenakshi Gupta, who runs a private boutique. I want to be a professional and join in her venture.
My idea of India
India is a beautiful nation that has vast geographical diversity. Ranging from mountains, plains, plateaus to different water bodies, the country has rich physical features that make it wonderful.
What makes me happy
Seeing my mother and sister happy gives me the ultimate happiness. My sister Shaweta has graduated from DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. It gives me pleasure to live up to their expectations.
What makes me angry
People discriminating on the basis of physical appearances or judging someone’s character on those lines make me angry.
My fear and fantasy
I’m afraid of losing my loved ones. My sister and my mother are my world and I can never think of losing them. I fear our judgemental society as well. I fantasise about launching my own fashion brand. Becoming famous and working with fashion designer Manish Malhotra is another fantasy.
Am I happy where I am?
Yes, I am happy with whatever I have done in life. I want to thank my teachers Monika, Manjeet, Anamika and Neha Sethi for their love and support that got me to this level.
What money means to me
Money is an important source of investment. It is an investment in dreams, happiness and future security. I want to make money to fulfil my dream of launching my own brand.
What makes me proud of India
The myriad religions and festivals make me proud of my nation. No other country has such rich religious diversity as India.
What I can’t live without
I can’t live without my family. They mean everything to me. Besides, I can’t live without my mobile phone.
What social media means to me
Social media is a good medium to connect with different people and get information. I have an Instagram account that I use to follow fashion bloggers, fashion trends and other social updates. It adds to my knowledge of fashion around the world.
Change I want to see in Panchkula
Panchkula needs to be cleaned up. Garbage dumps should be treated and people who throw litter should be fined.
Change I want to see in India
I want the reservation system in education to end. Many deserving students don’t get their due because of it. Cleanliness in India needs proper attention. Even after prime minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Campaign, not much has been accomplished.
What religion means to me
I believe in God but I’m not a blind follower. ‘God helps those who help themselves’ is what I believe in. Actions are more important to me than anything else.
My role model and why
My mother is my role model. A woman of strength and motivation, she has always supported me in everything. Her fighting spirit that never gives up encourages me to be like her.
First Published: Jul 16, 2018 12:47 IST