“Sixth standard was when my interest towards business grew. I remember, during our computer classes back in school, we used to have a paint software called ‘Tux Paint’, which I used extensively since drawing was one of the many talents I developed as a kid. Thereafter, I would print them and cut them into art pieces and collect them in a pouch. I named my first business venture PSK Arts and decided to sell them. I would go around asking my family to purchase these pieces for twenty rupees. Later in life, I realized something like this cannot be considered a business, but the idea towards it sprouted at this age.
With the little money I earned and the money that I saved from my pocket-money, I brought my self a Samsung smartphone. Having my own phone in sixth standard was a big deal. It was just not about playing games on the mobile for me. It was about dwelling deep into the technical aspects of it. Getting my hands on to these aspects, I started my first Tech YouTube Channel and a Tech Blog in seventh standard. This was when I got my first cheque of a hundred dollars from YouTube. Well, ending of eight standard was when tables turned. I was suffering from a health issue and various allergies. This restricted me from attending school regularly. But tenth standard was when I completely stopped going. Back in eight, we had shorts as part of our uniform, and because of the allergies and rashes on my leg I was permitted to wear pants. This gave a lot of people the chance to bully me. The bullying didn’t stop, it continued till my tenth standard.
Someone who I believed to be my best friend, started making fun of me. He would call and taunt me about how I am not normal like others. This thought led me to frustration. I began to question myself as to why am I not normal like any other kid my age. During this period, I was demanded to stay at home. I always believed in conceptual learning so I would watch videos on various concepts, understand them and write the exams. My productivity fell a great deal. I spent a lot of time lying down as there was no physical activity that I was allowed to do. So, this is when I started learning how to develop a website. I tried to keep my mind active by learning something new every day. I knew this phase was hard, I knew things might not get back to normal. But my family, teachers and friends were the ones who stood by me every time I fell.
With high medication, strict treatment and willpower to get better, I started to make some improvement.When I got a heads up from the doctors saying I can step out of the house now, I started attending school again. Eleventh standard was when I got back on track with different business ideas. At the same time, I also started developing websites for various brands. I began to have a close exposure towards different ventures with regard to fashion, marketing and UI development. With such an immense experience, 12th standard was when I started a mobile accessories brand called ‘Maze’. This was my first business venture and a start-up that succeeded. Later, I also introduced a food brand called ‘Papappanam’ to our city. The idea was welcomed a great deal. Now, I plan to explore my options in real estate as well. Life did put me through a roller coaster ride and I am grateful for that. I have learnt to be a fighter with regard to life and business.
Every time I failed in life, the willpower to never give up has kept me going. Now I am a 22-year-old entrepreneur who shares his journey of multiple ventures and start-ups with others through various platforms.”