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She Tells Tales, But Only Beautifully: Rachana Patil

Rachana Patil, an incredibly gifted storyteller and the winner of Steller, 2021, talks about her love for stories and the art of drama.

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There is a sense of ease as we begin the conversation. It is not, by any means, because of the questions I pose to her. It is only because Rachana Patil has mastered the art of speaking. There is, in her words, a cadence that exudes charm and a certain sense of happiness, making it impossible for you to not get engrossed in what she is saying. And while that may, sometimes, be difficult to prove in a tangible manner, the only thing I need to substantiate my claim is to point you to her winning Steller, 2021, the nationwide storytelling competition held by Tape A Tale. Storytelling is something that she is wonderful at. And, what better story is there to listen to than her own?

Born and raised in Mumbai, Patil prescribes a lot of significance to her childhood. There is almost a sense of reverence to the way she describes her earliest memories, cherishing them, for all they are worth, for what they have given her. In our conversation, she recalls how the act of speaking and performing held a special place in her formative years, with her being engaged in multiple co-curricular activities. In point of fact, she asserts that she truly enjoyed sharing stories ever since she was a child. It was only later, when she was growing up, that she realized that the act of sharing stories is something that is not only enjoyable but also something that holds immense value and is a craft, in itself.

That same realization bore fruit earlier this year, when Patil went on to win the Steller of the Year award, in the national level competition held by Tape A Tale. What a lot of people don’t actually know is the fact that she was actually part of the same competition the year before, in 2020. As a matter of fact, she made it past all the initial stages then, beating out the other competitors in Mumbai before going on to compete with the finalists from the other States. She made it till the final leg of the competition, only missing out in the last stage. 

Narrowly missing out on something stings. However, it stings a lot more when others try to make you feel better about your loss. Sometimes, that loss is worth a little too much to just let go of. Admitting the same, Patil pushed herself to improve, working diligently and striving to perfect her craft. When the competition came around this year, she didn’t waste time hesitating or wallowing in self-doubt. Signing up for it, she geared herself up for the coming selection phases. 

“This year, when the competition came around again, I went for it. I didn’t think twice.”

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In the conversation, she reveals details about how the initial stages of the competition work. And before we go into that, it is crucial to stress how demanding the competition actually is. Leaving aside the sheer skill that goes into the art of telling a story, there is also the necessity for a dash of mental fortitude. Patil touches on the first stage of the selection process where she and a classmate made it through, after going up against contestants from her college. The second round was a six hour long session where participants, from all over the country, came together to perform their own bits. Interestingly, Patil states that part of the competition was, in fact, her favourite phase, with her being able to witness the stories that others had to tell. 

As she went on to Delhi for the third and final round of the competition, Patil found herself satiating a lifelong curiosity, one which entailed her, as a Mumbaiker, experiencing all that Delhi had to offer for the first time. And, that whole leg of her journey was everything she had hoped it would be. From the night of the event to the other participants sharing their own experiences with each other, everything went the way she had envisioned it. When she goes on to talk about being declared the winner at the end of it all, Patil explores what that experience was truly like. Indeed, as she held the trophy in her hands, she realized that this singular moment was everything falling in place as it should. There were no second guesses about what could have been or how it would have felt to win the previous year. 

“I would not choose to give myself the trophy in 2020. The journey, from 2020 to 2021, has taught me a lot.”

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When we really explore storytelling, there is so much more to it than just choosing an engaging subject matter. Patil asserts that, when creating the tales she tells, she tries her best to add humour to it. Whether the tales, themselves, are fictional or based on her real life experiences, her stories come from the idea of attributing meaning to the little slices of life. Structure and plot cohesion comes only after the story itself takes a life of its own. Once that happens, everything falls in place naturally. 

As she talks about how she broaches the creation of a story, Patil talks about how storytelling and drama flow into one another. In fact, she doesn’t differentiate between the two. There is this idea of often keeping one separate from the other and, indeed, she has been asked by some why she adds theatrics to her own style of storytelling. She, however, refuses to restrict herself to one. You see, the art of telling a story is not an isolated art. It is, as Patil implies, an art that is infused into every creative effort that we engage in.

I am glad she brought up dramatics in the conversation because it is something that Patil harbours an immense amount of passion for. She touches on how it has always been a dream for her to study acting and drama at the National School of Drama, Delhi. Ever since she was a child, the institute has held a certain allure for her, with it representing, in a manner of speaking, a place where her dreams become reality. 

“Something about NSD has always pulled me. I want to learn, I want to go there. The day I do that, I’ll feel like I have done something good.”

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And, the manner in which she wants to go about doing this is, like everything she does, untethered and seamless. There is a world of opportunity out there and Patil plans on experiencing everything that it has to offer. The idea of working on creative pieces from her own home fascinates her as much as the idea of going to study dramatics in a more structured manner. Through her words, you sense an individual that wishes, with everything she has, to embrace each and every experience for what it’s worth.

The person she has grown into today didn’t just happen instantaneously. Patil, in fact, attributes it all to her working past her own self-imposed limits. Recalling how she made it a point to go perform at every gig that she was aware of, she adds that the experience of just going for what she wanted and being rewarded for it, be it in the form of a clap or the tiniest smile, has helped her come out of her own shell. 

It takes a lot of self-belief to stand where she stands. The journey hasn’t been easy, of course, even if Patil’s enthusiasm and zeal makes it seem so. And, it is this very thought that she would want you to take from her story. There is this idea of leaving too much at the hands of others, one she says is crucial to shed. Only then, will you truly be able to chase something that you want. And if you take a closer look, Rachana Patil is inches away from getting all that she really wants.

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Gulshan Achari: A Journey Through Watercolors

In Conversation with Gulshan Achari, whose every brushstroke tells a story in watercolors. Experience art that inspires and captivates.

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The artists artistic journey often begins in childhood with a deep fascination with drawing, scribbling and exploring the world through creativity, colours and lines. This early stage is marked by a love for storybooks and comics, providing rich visual and narrative inspiration. For those raised before the digital age, these activities were cherished pastimes, filling the void left by the absence of mobile phones and limited television programming.

Growing up in Mumbai with roots in Kerala, an artist like Gulshan Achari finds inspiration in both regions and cultural and artistic richness. However, it’s not just the environment that shapes one’s artistic inclinations but an inherent appreciation for art and creativity. The drive to pursue art must come from within, with the surrounding occasional inspiration to recharge and find new perspectives.

Gulshan Achari’s journey into art is an innate inclination to express oneself visually. From drawing inspiration as a child to seeking new expressions, his journey is marked by a refusal to stop. While many halt their artistic pursuits at various stages of life, those who persist continue to evolve and mature in their craft.

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Inspirations and The Essence of Art

A pivotal moment for Achari came from discovering a mentor or an inspirational figure in the field. Encountering the works of Milind Mulick, a renowned watercolour artist, was transformative. Mulick’s vibrant and lifelike paintings, which look digitally enhanced, reveal true brilliance to a more profound commitment to craft and a desire to learn from the master. This underscores the crucial role of mentors in an artist’s journey, guiding them towards new techniques and perspectives.

Mulick’s approach to art emphasises passion over popularity. He paints daily, driven by love for the act itself rather than the pursuit of fame. This dedication is a powerful example, illustrating that true artistic fulfilment comes from commitment to the craft. The rewards, whether in recognition or personal satisfaction, follow naturally when focused on the art.

Art, in its essence, is about conveying emotions and experiences. While some artists may embed hidden emotions and messages in the work, the primary goal for many, including Achari, is to evoke a sense of happiness and connection. Creating art should be a joyous experience, which should be palpable to the viewer. If the artist feels happy creating, this sentiment can transcend the medium and resonate with the audience.

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Achari’s work is a testament to the beauty in the ordinary, shifting perspectives and bringing unexpected joy to viewers. Painting a simple hut in the shadow of a grand fort can help the viewers see their everyday surroundings in a new light, appreciating the beauty in the ordinary. His work celebrates the transformative power of creative expression, evoking a sense of wonder and appreciation.

The Artistic World View

The life of an artist is often viewed through the lens of pros and cons, but some categorisations can be limiting. What one perceives as a disadvantage, such as the uncertainty and unpredictability of an artist’s path, can also be seen as an adventure. Achari’s journey is about embracing the unknown, finding joy, and breaking free from conventional constraints. His work is a testament to the transformative power of creativity that evokes a sense of adventure and open-mindedness.

Ultimately, Gulshan Achari’s perspective on life and creation transcends traditional notions of good and evil, as well as pros and cons. It is about experiencing each moment fully, finding beauty in the present, and continually evolving in one’s craft. His journey is a testament to the enduring power of creativity and its significant impact on both the creator and the observer.

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The Transformative Power of Creativity

Embracing and utilising waiting periods can lead to a profound shift in one’s mindset. Instead of viewing delays as a nuisance, Achari began to appreciate the extra time engaged in productive activities. This shift in perspective enhances personal growth and positively impacts social interactions. When friends arrive late, instead of being frustrated, they are greeted with an unexpected smile. This comfort, although not directly stemming from friendship, fosters a deeper appreciation for the company of others.

The creative fields come with their unique set of challenges. An artist often struggles between personal creativity and commercial demands. For example, Gulshan Achari might prefer painting landscapes, but the markets may prefer subjects like luxury cars. This creates a dilemma: Should artists pursue their passion or cater to commercial interests? Additionally, societal expectations can pigeonhole an artist into specific themes, such as religious motifs, limiting creative freedom. Over time, this can lead to creative stagnation, where repeating the same subject becomes monotonous. Understanding and navigating these societal pressures is a significant part of an artist’s journey.

Another challenge is the modern obsession with social media metrics. Artists may focus more on gaining followers than on honing their craft. This shift in focus can dilute the quality of their work and stifle creativity. Pricing artwork for exhibitions presents another hurdle. High expectations based on market trends can lead to disappointment if sales need to match the inflated prices, causing frustration and discouragement.

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Persistence and Adaptability

Despite these challenges, persistence and honesty in one’s artistic journey are crucial. Setting realistic goals and continuously learning and adapting are critical to long-term success. Early wins should be seen as opportunities for self-assessment rather than reasons for complacency. Consistent effort and staying grounded help artists navigate their paths more effectively. This emphasis on persistence and honesty in the face of setbacks can inspire artists and provide a realistic view of the rewards of pursuing art.

The Leap of Faith

Gulshan Achari’s journey started balancing creative pursuits with demanding careers, painting late into the night after working long days. The transition to full-time artistry can be daunting but fulfilling. Such dedication often stems from a lifelong engagement with art where formal training might be absent, but relentless practice and passion drive progress.

The fusion of creativity, inspiration and logical thinking can be a powerful asset. In corporate environments, for example, visualising initiatives as a creative process can identify potential challenges and solutions more effectively. This duality allows for innovative problem-solving and enhances the overall effectiveness of business strategies.

Ultimately, the message is clear: creativity is inherent in all of us. It should be nurtured regardless of one’s profession. Engaging with our creative side can bring immense satisfaction and success. Whether in art or other fields, creativity drives innovation and makes us more adaptable and resourceful. Consistently pursuing creative endeavours and integrating them into various aspects of life can lead to a more fulfilling life.

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Arpita Patel: From Hyderabad to the Heights of Photography

Discover the inspiring journey of Arpita Patel, a Hyderabad-born photographer who defied traditional norms to pursue her passion.

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In the bustling city of Hyderabad, amidst the humdrum of daily life, Arpital Patel was born. Raised and educated in Hyderabad, Arpita’s journey from a typical Indian household to becoming a celebrated photographer is nothing short of inspiring. Her early education at Sri Aurobindo International School played a pivotal role in shaping her career. The school, known for its creative environment and lack of a uniform, fostered Arpita’s creativity and instilled in her a love for the arts. It was here, more than at home, that her teachers provided the support and encouragement she needed, setting her on a path destined for a creative future.

Discovering a Passion

Photography chose Arpita rather than the other way around. Her mother, passionate about capturing moments, was meticulous about getting family photos clicked at studios. She instilled in Arpita the importance of photographs as markers of personal growth. With a basic roll camera in hand, her mother taught her the significance of a good background in any image. These lessons, absorbed subconsciously, slowly ignited a love for photography within Arpita.

Coming from a traditional Indian family where women were not typically encouraged to work, Arpita was initially prepared to marry right after her education and become a homemaker. However, her passion for photography and art eventually led her to realize that she could forge an independent path. The turning point came during her college days when she discovered the work of Richa Kashelkar, a wedding photographer whose stunning captures of simple moments inspired Arpita. Seeing a woman excel in this field gave her the confidence to believe in herself and pursue photography as a profession.

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The Struggles and Triumphs

Reflecting on her journey, Arpita believes that struggles are essential for growth. One of her earliest challenges was acquiring her first DSLR camera. Her parents, unsure of investing ₹50,000 in a camera, hesitated, prioritizing education instead. It was her uncle who ultimately stepped in, helping her buy the camera and supporting her dreams.

Entering a male-dominated field like photography presented its own set of challenges. Surrounded mostly by male photographers, Arpita found little initial support. However, she was fortunate to work with talented mentors who guided her. One such mentor was Shreyans Dungrawala, who welcomed her as his student. Interning with Shreyans and his friends, Arpita learned valuable lessons about purpose, innovation and the evolving technology in photography.

During those early days, Arpita had no clear direction for her career but deeply enjoyed the process of photography. Social media, especially Instagram, played a significant role in her journey. Her work resonated with many, leading to opportunities such as judging events at colleges and winning the award for the youngest female photographer in Hyderabad.

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A Dream Come True

A major breakthrough in Arpita’s career came in May 2021 when she received an offer from a heritage hotel chain to photograph their properties across northern India. Traveling to cities like Haridwar, Mussoorie and Nainital, she was able to combine her love for travel and photography, fulfilling a long-held dream. However, Arpita’s ultimate dream is to shoot for National Geographic, a goal she continues to strive towards.

Looking back, Arpita wishes she had known early on that photography is an expensive profession and not just a hobby. She learned the importance of valuing her work and setting clear boundaries. Doing free shoots, especially for commercial projects, undermines the profession. Professionals charge for their expertise, time and quality and establishing fair pricing from the start is crucial for building a sustainable career.

For Arpita, the most rewarding aspect of her work is meeting new people and getting to know their unique stories and perspectives. Each person she photographs teaches her something new. Traveling, another significant part of her work, enriches her creativity and passion for photography. Exploring new places and experiencing different cultures allows her to blend her love for travel with her profession, creating memorable images that tell compelling stories.

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A Message for Aspiring Artists

To young dreamers who wish to follow unconventional careers, Arpita Patel says, “Dreams are meant to be pursued and turned into reality. Keep going and life will provide what you need. Never lose your passion for what you love the most.” She advises staying focused on your goals, enjoying the journey and believing in yourself. Embrace obstacles as opportunities to grow, take risks, surround yourself with supportive people and let your passion drive you forward.

Arpita Patel’s journey is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance and the belief in one’s dreams. From a young girl in Hyderabad to a celebrated photographer, her story inspires us to follow our hearts and pursue our passions, no matter the challenges.

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Dhir Jakharia: From Dreams to Wildlife Frames

Dive into the captivating world of wildlife through the lens of Dhir Jakharia, a 20-year-old wildlife photographer, as we unravel his dreams and adventures behind the lens.

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In the heart of Kenya, amidst the whispers of the wild, begins a remarkable journey. Born in the small town of Nyeri, Dhir Jakharia, a 21-year-old, grew up immersed in the rhythms of African life. Raised in the vibrant tapestry of African culture until the age of 13, Dhir Jakharia eventually moved to the capital, Nairobi. It was here that his love for photography sparked, eclipsing his childhood dreams of becoming a footballer. And his journey as a wildlife photographer began.

Embracing Change: From Football Dreams to Photography

Dhir Jakharia’s journey had a surprising twist. From dreaming of a career in professional football to unexpectedly finding his passion in photography, life had its own plans for him. His transition from an aspiring footballer to a passionate wildlife photographer was fueled by curiosity and love for nature. “I kind of just fell in love with it,” Jakharia reflects, recounting his photography journey. “Now I’m doing wildlife specifically, and I love the travelling aspect of it.”

Dhir Jakharia: Exploring Passion and Purpose

Currently pursuing Business Administration, Dhir Jakharia seamlessly combines his entrepreneurial spirit with his love for nature. “I’m a Gujarati, so I have business in my blood,” he states. Specializing in marketing, he envisions a future where his entrepreneurial spirit and artistic vision converge seamlessly. “I want to mix my photography with business,” he shares. “I’m already doing it on a small scale, selling prints and organizing photo tours.”

Through his lens, he seeks to foster awareness and empathy for the natural world. “Good photography helps to create awareness and can promote animal conservation,” he explains. Working on the logic of making people more familiar with their environment to ensure they try to conserve it, he explains further how when someone sees a picture of an elephant and likes it, they may think twice before partaking in animal cruelty.

Dhir Jakharia: Overcoming Challenges

The young photographer’s journey has not been without its share of challenges. The untimely passing of his father in 2020, and the disruptions caused by the pandemic. “Dealing with these difficulties was as difficult as you can imagine,” he reflects. “But channelling that negative energy into something constructive, that’s the biggest achievement I’ve gained from photography.”

Dhir Jakharia: Inspirations, Dreams and Beyond

Despite the hurdles he’s faced, Dhir Jakharia remains steadfast in his pursuit of excellence. Drawing inspiration from renowned photographers in the field of wildlife photography, such as Thomas Vijayan, Varun Aditya and Shaaz Jung, he continues to hone his craft with unwavering determination.

“I learned everything through YouTube,” he shares, underscoring the importance of persistence and resourcefulness in his journey. “It’s more about making the most out of what you have.”

In a field dominated by seasoned professionals, Dhir Jakharia is exceptional. “In ten years, I see myself as a full-time photographer, recognized internationally,” he shares. “But beyond success, I prioritize my mental health and relationships with family and friends.” Reflecting on his recent exhibition at the ‘Xposure International Photography & Film Festival’ in Sharjah, UAE, he speaks of his pride in being the youngest among his peers. “Inspiring people and making photography my full-time profession while living a fulfilling life—that’s my definition of success,”. Additionally, he has already left a mark in the industry by collaborating with industry giants like Sony and Adobe at the young age of 18.

Message for Young Dreamers

To aspiring dreamers embarking on unconventional paths, Dhir Jakharia offers a simple yet profound piece of advice: “Self-belief is the biggest thing. Dream big, aim for the stars—even if you fail, you’ll still reach the sky.” In the footsteps of giants and guided by his unwavering passion, Dhir Jakharia continues to weave tales of wonder through his lens, reminding us all of the magic that awaits in the embrace of nature.

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Anant Ladha: A Man With A Mission

With a mission to spread financial literacy, finance creator Anant Ladha sits down with us for a quick chat on what drives him forward.

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In this fast-paced world of technology, it’s hard to remain consistent. With changing algorithms and trends how can you remain consistent and relevant? And with everyday living prices going up daily, it’s hard to stick to your ethics. This is exactly when content creators like Anant Ladha with their YouTube channel Invest Aaj For Kal bring a refreshing change in this ever-changing system.

Anant Ladha: Early Days

Born and raised in Kota, Rajasthan, Anant Ladha’s introduction to finance and the stock market happened early in life. Being the third generation in his family to enter the financial world, he was exposed to trading and the stock market just like a kid would be exposed to cartoons. This gave a good foundation upon which he built up his entire life.

Starting as just a tactic to win over his teachers and peers, Anant Ladha originally began by keeping up with the ups and downs of the stock market to impress his teachers and friends. But whatever his intentions may be, this practice helped him a lot in his career as keeping up with the stock market became a regular part of his daily routine and helped him understand the nuances of the financial market better. 

After initially starting his job at Mumbai in trading he left it to join his family business. While working there, an incident took place that changed his life forever. In his town, a company was closing down and all the employees were given around 50 lakhs corpus amount. Among them, one employee who had received this amount had invested it in an insurance scheme that wouldn’t allow him to withdraw the money until the five years were up. Desperately in need of money to support his sick wife in the hospital, the poor man showed up in tattered clothes begging Anant Ladha for money. His situation shocked Ladha and he realized that our country still is not as financially literate as he thought it was and hence he started on his mission to help convert India “from a country of savers to a country of investors.”

Invest Aaj For Kal

Starting as physical sessions, Ladha held free classes for people in certain parts of North India to help them become more financially literate. Two of his sessions were also recognised by the Rajasthan government. And everything was going fine but still, the huge financial literacy gap of the entire country was gaping widely at him. Hence, he decided to increase his target audience by going digital, leading to the inception of Invest Aaj For Kal.

Initially, for a good 1-1.5 years, his YouTube channel, Invest Aaj For Kal, didn’t do as well as he had expected. But consistent efforts, support from family and strong determination brought him to where he is today. With a little nudge from YouTube that put the spotlight on him by giving his channel the “Creator on the Rise” award in 2020, he was ready to make the most of his spotlight. From asking people to subscribe to his channel by talking about how great and informative it is without revealing that he owns the channel, to getting millions of views on every video, he has come a long way. The best part, Anant Ladha prioritises consistency over anything else and posts content regularly.

Message for Young Content Creators

Being the practical person that he is, he never blames fate or algorithms for fewer views but rather tries to find out how he can do better and revamp his content as and when required. He forever values the digital community that pushes him forward as he believes that the day he stops valuing them and takes them for granted will be the end of his career. For a man who went from working a 9-5 job to full-time content creator his definition of success changes every time he achieves something and this constant negotiation with success is the most practical way to view life.

Striking a balance between personal and professional life, Anant Ladha takes in bad comments like a pro. According to him, all his bad reviewers are truly his ardent followers as they wait to watch each of his videos just to leave bad reviews. And with this positive attitude, he leaves a message for young content creators:

“If earning money is the only objective you have through your digital journey then don’t enter this field. But if you’re objective is more than just earning money then it’s a beautiful field.”

His reasoning behind this lies in the fact that you won’t earn much in the initial years of creating content hence you must have a bigger purpose to sustain in this space for longer for yourself and your audience. 

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Ganeshprasad Sridharan: Indian Education Redefined

Set to put a dent in the Indian education system, meet Ganeshprasad Sridharan; a man who left no stone unturned to right the wrongs that hindered his growth in the education system.

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How often does our education system frustrate us? And more importantly how often do we set out to rectify it rather than fitting into the one-size-fits-all mould it prescribes to us? Our education system needs some serious re-designing and there’s no point hiding it any longer. We had a conversation with Ganeshprasad Sridharan; a man who left no stone unturned to right the wrongs that hindered his growth in the education system; to understand his side of efforts to bridge the gap that exists between the present and the future, i.e., learning and getting hired via Think School.

Ganeshprasad Sridharan: The Start of It All

Born and brought up in Pune, Ganeshprasad Sridharan’s schooling was pretty similar to others with just one difference; in his school, his teachers ensured to foster the students’ critical thinking ability. He was made to think about morality on an individual level rather than blindly following it as a societal norm. As the teachers asked him to re-examine Brutus’s character in the play Julius Caesar, he got a sense that there is no one right or one wrong in the world. He understood the value of subjectivity and cherished the individuality it brought with it. 

Going from such an enriching environment to an engineering college which heavily relied on rote learning was a huge shocker for Sridharan. At college, neither was anybody willing to stop, think and understand the principles nor did the teachers wish to make them understand it. Plus the 75% mandatory attendance only adds to the pressure of fitting into the mould as students get less time to explore their interests and abilities. The constant assignments and exams with mediocre teaching that one was bound to attend set one up on a sure path of failure. The herd mentality which makes people follow along to crack the coveted UPSC which has a 0.2% pass percentage ensures that individuals are trapped in that conventional path of failure forever. To put a dent in the Indian education system and break this cycle of failure, Ganeshprasad Sridharan along with his partner Prakash Kothari came up with Think School.

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With a motto, “To put a dent in the Indian education system by providing world-class education at a price that is less than a pair of denim jeans” Ganeshprasad Sridharan started Think School with his partner Prakash Kothari. With a rocky beginning that led to them shutting their physical classroom due to the pandemic, it was social media that not only saved but ensured that Think School thrived like never before. 

Trying to bridge these three gaps; business education, communication and fundamental principles of entrepreneurship; by providing a masterclass on each, Think School has made the internet the one-stop destination to hone your business acumen. Realising that their audience can’t afford pricey offline classes, the move to social media such as YouTube was a great decision on the founders’ part. 

Ensuring that the quality of Think School is never compromised they have a very detailed value system through which they select the core members of their team. Some of them as described by Sridharan include; the ability to critically analyse oneself, the ability to give brutal feedback, the ability to take in brutal feedback and lastly the attitude to constantly learn and improve. 

According to Ganeshprasad Sridharan, it’s not “the breadth of influence” but rather the “depth of influence” that matters more. For him, Think School’s success lies in being considered a reliable source of information not just for students in IIM and other universities and schools but even for professors and established businessmen who rely on its practical and interesting approach to enhance their abilities. 

What Makes A Great Entrepreneur?

According to Ganeshprasad Sridharan, it’s the extraordinary sharpness in finding better opportunities by doing market research, being able to read and address the gap presented by market research to understand your opportunity better, ability to execute one’s plan fast and daring to fail so that one learns the value of resilience over time, and lastly remaining relevant by evolving with technology and understanding the target audience and their needs; all of this makes the perfect recipe for a great entrepreneur. When Sridharan started his venture, many had their doubts regarding it but he trusted himself as according to him, he was following his heart as it had logic to it. Others could only project their doubts and hesitation but not provide a logic strong enough to persuade him to abandon his venture. And in today’s cut-throat world of business, this is truly a great virtue to harbour. 

The masterclass at Think School ensures that one develops this business acumen through practical assignments in which the students are given full liberty to complete them how they feel like it. Following his grandfather’s advice to; “Use language not to confuse people but to convince them”, in each video of Think School, Ganeshprasad Sridharan and Prakash Kothari are building the pillars of modern education that values and foster individuality with one video and masterclass at a time.

Lastly, Ganeshprasad Sridharan’s message to all the budding entrepreneurs is:

“Keep learning and keep reading because market research will help you find opportunities and reading will help you tap into those opportunities. Passion alone will not take you anywhere unless you have a direction. Direction will come with two things: the ability to do market research to find problems and the ability to read and learn to address those problems better.”  

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