Varun Agarwal, INK Fellow, 2012

Have you shared your views on designing the future as yet and get access to witness INK Live and INK Conference? If not, do it now! BlogAdda team has personally experienced earlier editions of INK Conference and we can tell for sure that it will be one of the most memorable experience you would have. We are starting a series of conversations with INK Fellows 2012.

The first one is Varun Agarwal, a witty, young entrepreneur with excellent thoughts and ideas who also released his debut novel recently. Our Premium Blogger Purba Ray has prepared these questions for Varun. Do not miss this fun filled interaction!

1. A filmmaker, successful entrepreneur and a best selling author. At 25, you have achieved what people take a lifetime to accomplish. Does the thought – ‘what next’ scare you?

A: The only thought that scares me is having another Anu Aunty. On a serious note, I have never spent time thinking “What next”. I’ve always gone with the flow and if tomorrow I end up as a carpenter or something then so be it.

2. You did your schooling from Bishop Cotton, Bangalore. What prompted you to found a startup that deals with memorabilia; helping school and college pass outs to keep in touch with their alma mater?

A: I have a very strong connection with my school. I spent 14 years of my life in Bishop Cottons and it means the world to me. So, the initial idea was to have a Cottonian hoodie (We call ourselves Cottonians) and then I thought why not the same for other schools! That’s how the idea was born.

3. What’s your most cherished memory from school? Share your craziest thing you did in there.

A: There’s apparently a tunnel in our school chapel that leads to the Bishop Cotton Girls School across the road. We actually set out on an expedition to find the tunnel. But, sadly crossing the road seemed to be the only way to get to the girls school.

4. You always knew what you wanted in life. How did you end up with something that you absolutely hated – Engineering!

A: Ah! So my parents thought I was crazy and that doing the safest degree in the world would set me right. Sadly, I got even more crazy after going to an engineering college.

5. In a nation that has 315 million young people, better educated than previous generations, we are still governed by septuagenarians and octogenarians. What do you have to say on that? What are the three contrasts that strike you the most about India?

A: That’s really sad. I mean these guys don’t understand us and frankly don’t care about what we think. It’s the ‘you guys are still kids’ mentality. The only solution is to have a way younger government.

6. You finished your book within eight days! if you had to influence someone to read your book, how would you go about convincing them?

A: This book has a lot of sex.

7. All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. Do you really believe that?

A: Of-course, but a gun is way more easier to find.

8. With so many instances of cyber bullying, addictions are changing behaviour patterns. According to you, is social media a boon or a curse?

A: Definitely not. My entire life exists because of social media. If used in the right way, it can make you a lot of money.

9. If you had to describe yourself in five words, how would you do that?

A: Some one who never thinks before taking the leap and hopes he doesn’t land in the space between.

10. On a parting note, what would you like your epitaph to read as?

A: “This was fun. Hope I’ll get to do this again sometime”.

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