In India when a student completes his high schooling with minor in Science they only have two options. Engineering or Medical. With your father being an IIT Jee Trainer, you do not have any option left. So I graduated in Engineering with my major in Computers from G.H.Raisoni College of Engineering in Nagpur. Although it took me two extra years than a normal engineer to get my graduation. Me not liking Physics almost as much as I like Momina Mustehsan and Yvone Strahovski, restricted me from perusing a 9-5 job in the same field.
The only option left for me then was to pursue higher studies. I gave my IELTS & Gmat and surprisingly got into one of the best universities in Australia, Queensland. Maybe my Sindhi blood had to do something with it, but oh well. Imagine an Indian kid going abroad for the next 2 years, to a place where he can experience freedom for the first time. A rollercoaster ride for next 730 days at least.
Not a Generic Kid
Being interested in adventures and a minimal fear of death urged me to be a part of a lot of dangerous adventures in Australia. The most enthralling ones being Skydiving and Surfing. I still remember the first dive that I had of my life, almost shitting my pants from the fear of being pushed out of BL750 or maybe not reaching the land safely. Probably these were the same fears that made me do it 75 times more, breaking several bones of my body on multiple occasions. But the fall you have each time, makes you want to do it again and again. Having gotten a B Certificate in Skydiving is just a bonus.
When it comes to surfing I (Dinesh Chandwani) have been trained in various types of it which include Windsurf, Kitesurf and Stand-up Paddle (SUP). This helped me in getting a profession Certificate for the same.
One might think that I never did complete my degree in Australia with tons of crazy stories I have related to these sports. But I did complete my Masters in Business Management and this time, it did not take two extra years. Although if you even skydive you would know Certification in it requires a lot of money so part time jobs at a Footy Stadium as a Sports Retail Manager, or as a Resource Allocator and a Shift Authorization Manager at Hungry Jacks Australia were quite necessary.
Later, as soon as I completed my graduation, I got hired by a food franchise in Australia, as a Business Development Manager.
When an Indian leaves India, he plans on never coming. And I would lie if I said I did not have similar plans when I left India. I had a steady job where the HR Manager loved me, adventures that an Indian might have only dreamt of and a cuisine to die for. But when you have everything, you start realizing what brought you here, all the things you went through to get there. And I realized how it was so hard for me to get out of this small city called Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, just to follow my dreams.
This small realization made me pack my bags, leave a disappointed HR Manager, a country where friends had greater bonds than the disputes their country had and come back to India. The sole purpose of coming back to India was to make people realize that there are not just two option after perusing Science, there are a lot more.
Suffice to say, coming back to India again was an adventure in itself.
I started working with my cousin Nikhil Chandwani on a new project. Together we built our baby called The Walnut School of Ideas. A school that encourages young students to follow their passion, be in Cinematography, Dancing, Directing, Writing or any sport they love. Eight months into this project and it's doing amazing.
My itch to do something adventurous again made me write a book. After all, to become a published author is everyone's dream but to become one is easier said than done.
My first novel 'EMEG - A Face Off with Fear' got published recently. When you read the book, you would get to know a story of a typical Indian guy going through a journey within himself. Experiencing freedom in a way no one has ever experienced. Going against his parent's wishes and following his dreams. A journey that involves friends to die for, drugs and a potential suicide. For all the people out there who feel like they are chained to the normal monotonous way of everyday life and want out. This book might take you there.
After being rejected by 55 publishing houses, EMEG was successfully distributed online after three months of struggle. A story that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The first chapter might make your accidents sound a tiny bite by an ant. And the last might make you want to read the sequel as soon as it is out in the market.
EMEG deliberately captures a free fall scenario and a face-off with suicide. The pitfalls of drugs and lust are improvised in such a way that it keeps the reader in an upbeat mood.
The book has many highlights: A skydiving scene really captures the reader’s imagination, as the author skillfully describes, down to the most minute details, the flurry of emotions involved with falling towards a drop zone. The inner reality of a skydiver’s life has been integrated into the novel extremely effectively.
The book is a journey, captured beautifully in words and presented in form of an emotional roller-coaster ride. Every chapter had human emotions, the Indo-Australian aura of an introvert who faced modern day humanity with risks, passion and delight.
Nationalism, Atheism, Feminism, Extreme Sports and Human Emotions are blended passionately in EMEG: The Face of Fear.
Advice to budding Writers
My advice to all the youngsters out there will be to not crush your dreams due to peer or family pressure. Doesn’t matter how many restrictions the society tries to shove down your throats, just believe in yourself and your passion. To go out there and do what you think will make you happy. And if anywhere in this voyage you feel you need someone to talk to or you start doubting yourself.
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