Place your dreams above parents’ aspirations: Varun
Saying no to unreasonable expectations of parents without disrespecting them is necessary for the youth so that they do not end up regretting later, said young author and entrepreneur Varun Agarwal.
He was addressing a gathering on annual meeting of ‘Young Indians (Yi), Raipur Chapter on Friday. “The four years that I spent in an engineering college were a total waste. I did it only for my parents,” said the 27-year-old. Till the time you are in your twenties or early thirties, you can experiment, make mistakes and take risks, he said.
Talking about youth in two-tier cities like Raipur, Varun said the exposure for aspiring entrepreneurs is much less here in comparison to metros like Bangalore or Mumbai. “In smaller cities, penetration of internet and tools like Facebook are still limited to socialising whereas bigger cities are generating money by using them,” he said.
He has co-founded a business venture, Alma Mater, which supplies customised sweatshirts to alumni of educational institutions across the country. Young Indians should not think too much about consequences and delay their ‘flight’. Instead, they should be open to exploring new avenues and take risks, he said.
Supporting Varun’s views on experimentation, Vinay Agrawal, Chairperson of ‘Yi’ Raipur Chapter, said that it is important to keep bringing new elements even in your routine life. “I had decided that I would go back to college life every seven years to learn new things and I do that,” said Vinay. A plan that is not executed dies with a tag of a mere hallucination, he said. During his address, SK Jain, Former Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Chhattisgarh, said that investments in young people will pay great dividends for all. Today’s youth has the opportunity to change our world.
Shaurya V Himatsingka, Vice Chair (Designate) of Yi, during his address said that Youth are the next generation of thinkers, artists, scientists, social activists and entrepreneurs. Applying their creativity, wisdom and innovative thinking, these young leaders are dreaming of new possibilities and putting their ground-breaking ideas into action. The session ended with an active interaction between the Young Indians members and the entrepreneur Varun Agarwal.
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