It was 6 in the morning and the crowing of the cock woke Sudhir up from the world of dreams. Being the youngest among three brothers and sisters, he amassed a lot of love from his parents and siblings.
His mother lovingly raised her hand on his head, and he put his head in the mother’s lap and started losing himself again in the world of dreams. Unexpectedly his father’s loud voice woke him up. He rapidly took a bath and prepared to go to school. Dad and his elder brother Ram commenced getting ready to go to the fields and the mother got busy in the kitchen. After getting ready, he took his tiffin and bicycle and left for the school.
Despite being not so educated and being a farmer his father always motivated his children for education. His elder brother Ram studied till 12th and after that, he started supporting his father in farming to keep his heritage alive. His elder sister got married even before his birth.
He was a very brilliant child, he got his early education from his father and a milkman from the village who used to teach him Hindi and Mathematics. He got admission to school at the age of 5 at a nearby school and till 3rd std. he was in the same school after that he moved to another school which was 10 K.M away from his place.
“Village is a place where you can find peace, unity, strength, inspiration and most importantly a natural and beautiful life”~Minahil Urfan
Despite belonging to a remote village like Chambal, his passion for studies and to become something was commendable. He was a bright student and always held the first or second rank in his class. He cleared senior secondary with 80% marks and higher secondary with 85% marks.
After passing the examination of senior secondary from a small village of MP, he came to a metropolitan city Gwalior for further studies and started the journey to become something in life but this journey could not last for a long time.
In the year 2005, he got admission to Bachelors in Computer Science at GICTS College, Gwalior. During his graduation, his father’s statement “the son of a farmer becomes fit to earn his livelihood at the age of 18” used to shake him from inside.
At the age of 18, circumstances forced him to speculate about what his father always used to say. It was not like that he was wrong but he was not completely true. His father said this with his experience because at the age of 18 he got married and all the responsibilities of the family were on his shoulders. At that time, fulfilling responsibilities means working in the fields, serving parents, taking care of them etc. But today the meaning of making ends meet is distinct. Life is not as modest and peaceful as before. In this age of technology, fulfilling the needs of the family at the age of 18 is a far-fetched thing, one has to work day and night to meet expenses.
“In this day and age, some turn 18 and think they are a man and woman and that’s it, but that’s just not true. you have to establish your manhood or your womanhood with actions.”~Orlando McGuire
He always wanted and had everything perfect for studies, for this reason, he rented a room for study, decorated books in the cupboard, arranged a chair and table, and started studying.
He began studying diligently and got higher marks than anticipated, even though he touched the computer for the first time in college, yet he passed the first semester with 78% marks without any difficulty.
But the real test was not to study but to arrange funds for a month’s expenses, even if he used to get money for the college and coaching fees from home, it was difficult to arrange pocket expenses and room rent etc. His father was a farmer and he did not reckon it appropriate to burden him so much.
He always thought to start some part-time jobs or work to support his education himself. So he joined a computer Coaching center and started giving coaching of Computer Science which also helped him to refine his computer programming skills. He was a quick learner and used to learn in advance what to teach in the next class. He devoted his 4-5 hours every day to teaching and on weekends it extended to 6-7 hours. His first earning was Rs. 700/- P.M. He is the one who understood the value of this money.
“Education for livelihood alone will never make our life full and complete”~Mata Amritanandamayi
Well, it was not important how to meet end expenses at this age, but the important thing was that at this stage of age, parents should understand their child.
This age is such that when the right guidance is not given or the parents do not deem the son like a friend, then it is natural to go astray and the same happened to him. By the time he was 19, he gave his heart to one of his students who was 1 year older than him.
“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you”~Robert Fulghum
In the year 2008, he completed his graduation and then for Masters appeared in NIIT and IIT. He cleared the entrance and also got a seat in one of the reputed colleges but he preferred one of the colleges in Gwalior for Masters because he did not want to leave Gwalior as his love of life was there. Internally they both knew there is no future in their relationship due to ill-considered views of the society as they both belonged to different castes but still they loved each other company.
In July 2008 his masters started. But the situation had become such that he had to leave his studies because he was neither able to concentrate on studies nor was he able to concentrate on computer coaching. While living alone in Gwalior he came to know the cost of livelihood.
Although he was good in academics somewhere aspiration to earn money let him drop Masters in 3rd Semesters itself in 2010. The reasons behind dropping out studies were a conventional system of education, financial issues, and last but not least he believed dropouts can make a better career. He speculated that the time he is spending to get conventional education, if at the same time he invests in any skill development, then he can start earning money from it.
“We need to give importance to Skill Development because this way we can end unemployment”~Narendra Modi
And finally, after tiring out, he took this decision, which he probably thinks should not be taken, after trying all the way, he thought of leaving his studies in the middle and going to Delhi to work, this decision was very wrong at that time. But today when he looks back, he feels that his decision was right somewhere. He had read about Bill Gates, Steve Jobs etc. how they had also been a college dropout. The heights they touched are not unfamiliar to anyone.
But in a country like India, where the degree is more important than ability, left studies in between for job, you can think what a big decision it was.
By keeping this in mind in the year 2010 he shifted to Delhi with one of his friends, who was already working in Delhi, to find some job. But it was not an easy task for him to persuade parents and most importantly his love and anyhow he managed to assure all of them by saying that “if I will not find any job in 2-4 days then will come back”. But internally he knew that he will not come back.
In the first week of December 2010, after bidding goodbye to his family and love he took a train to Delhi with his friend. He took Rs. 500 credit from his elder sister for expenses. The next day early morning at 6 A.M. he reached Nizamuddin Railway Station, Delhi. The first time in his life he was 300 K.M away from his family. He stayed with his friend for the next couple of days.
On the fourth day, he took a newspaper from a nearby shop and noted all computer trainer jobs and left for an interview the next day but there was disappointment everywhere because he did not have a degree. After wandering around for a long time, he saw an advertisement for a computer operator’s job in a company. He went for the interview and passed but the director of that company, after seeing his ability, suggested him to apply for a job in software companies and also offered him a job until he got another job. After that, he realized for the first time that the people who appreciate the skills are still left in this world.
The very next day he found an opening for a person with knowledge of C++ and with 3 years’ experience and other qualifications in a Software Company. He just concentrated on what all he has and went for the interview.
He cleared the first two rounds of the written test with ease and face to face technical round were also cleared but while facing HR round he found it little difficult. The managing director of the company, who was following him throughout his interview, impressed by his knowledge and offered him a job salary of Rs. 10.000 P.M. even though he did not have a master’s degree. He was on cloud nine and with excitement firstly informed his family that he found a job in Delhi.
“Everybody is a Genius. But if you judge A FISH by its ability to CLIMB A TREE, it will spend its whole life believing it is STUPID”~Albert Einstein
He started a job as a junior programmer in that company. In the year 2012, he again got admission to Masters through correspondence from some other university but again education system did not fulfill his greed for learning and he dropped after the 1st Semester.
Being a promising student he was very fond of reading. Mostly he used to read the blogs written by Alvin Alexander and inspired by his writing skills and subject matters. In the year 2012, one of his best friends was working on a website and taught him, how to create a website. At the same time, he came to know about how to make money from websites. He created his website; started blogging, AdSense was approved and then banned also within two weeks itself due to invalid activities.
He continued his job, got promotions, and reached the position of Assistant Manager.
In the year 2014 he again got admission to IIT for masters but again dropped it after 2nd semesters.
Who can believe that a three-time master’s dropout can do something in life and that too a dropout from IIT. When people came to know this, they used to make fun of him, but his mind had the passion to do something.
He kept doing the job for 8 years in the same way and understood, that he is not for this 9 to 5 jobs, he can only fulfill his basic needs out of this.
“There is no link between STUDY and SUCCESS, today’s BILLIONAIRE who were SCHOOL DROPOUTS are EMPLOYER’S of university’s toppers!!!”~Sharvin
He believed that students must learn some skills along with traditional education to start earning at an early stage.
In the year 2015, he again started blogging seriously. Since then, He was regular working 5 to 6 hours after his job and started earning a few thousands of dollars per month. To facilitate his business he decided to employ some staff for content writing and other stuff and put up with an office on rent. Which resulted in a financial crisis for him. As earning was not at par with expenses.
But within a span of one year, he had overcome this financial crisis from earning of his blog writing. By 2018, within three years he confronted the financial crisis, overcome it, and become a blogging consultant also.
In the year 2019, in the month of April, he decided to quit his job and to start full-time blogging. At that time he was earning approx. Rs 80,000 p.m from blogging and Rs 45,000 p.m from job. Since then he is into blogging and blogging consultancy and earning around Rs 8-10 lakh P.M.
On 14h February 2020, his first dream to have his own car fulfilled. It was a special day for him as his love (first car) arrived home. He was really happy, it was awesome feeling watching the outside world sitting inside, as his heart was throbbing out of great happiness.
“All our Dreams can come TRUE, if we have COURAGE to PURSUE them”~Walt Disney
Mini Bhatia is Chartered Accountant by profession and blessed mother of twins. She is doing her own practice in Delhi. Writing is her passion.