A fresh engineering graduate from BITS Pilani, I am keen on value creation, freedom and jugaad! Most of my ideas – be it about myself, people and the world in general – were shaped during my years at BITS because of the people I met there and things I was part of. I learnt the importance of value creation and what it meant to me when I led entrepreneurial initiatives at BITS’ Centre of Entrepreneurial Leadership, one of the premier e-cells in the country. There is nothing like identifying a problem, coming up with a solution, and seeing it implemented. I was the production manager of the first TEDx Pilani showcased internationally at APOGEE 2010, the annual international technology showcase at BITS Pilani. I was the founder of Summer in a Startup, a programme that locates structured summer internships at startups for all three BITS campuses. I was one of the semi-finalists (out of 16,000 entries) at Economic Times Power of Ideas 2010 and a Kairos Global Fellow, 2011, selected to represent India at the World Foresight Forum, Netherlands.
Road tripping in rural Bengal as a Grassroutes 2009 Fellow, and designing study modules for children at NISHTHA (which provides shelter to children of sex workers in Baruipur village), I learnt about my passion for change.
By spending a summer at p2w2.com, a startup launched by an ISB graduate in the summer of 2009, I learnt the ins and outs of a startup. I learnt that in a startup the same person plays multiple roles, be they of a clerk or the chief executive. I knew then that this is the kind of life I wanted, a life where the purpose is so big that the title does not matter.
An initiative with my friends – recycling paper and selling paper bags at the supermarket on campus in conjunction with 21 women of Saraswati Cooperative Society – taught me about empowerment of women and what it can do to society.
I am keenly interested in people, technology, empowerment of women, social change, social media, theatre, travelling, Ayn Rand and Pink Floyd.
What matters most to me is that at any point in my life, wherever I am and whatever I may be doing, I need to create some value in some way, address something that needs to be addressed, and make a positive impact on somebody’s life. I believe all we have is one life and that each of us is nothing but a collection of personal stories. I wish to collect more and more stories so that when I look back at my life at any point of time, it creates a beautiful, meaningful picture.