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Top of the town: Shri Kulbhushan Varshney, Chief Engineer, Nagar Nigam, Meerut

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ?

My parents specially my father was my inspiration

Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?

I am inspired by people’s representatives with whom I interact to do my day to day work. The way to find the solutions for their problems gives me food for thought.

 When did you start working on your ambition?

When I was in school, I always wanted to be an engineer. I worked hard for that since my school days and with sincerity and hard work I had been able to achieve what I am now. I had always taken up responsibilities of one level up, achieved it and being appreciated for it.

What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?

I like to read Newspaper and some good books. Though I do not get much time for my hobbies.

 Quick bites of favorites?

  1. Holiday destination – In Nagar Nigam, I do not get much opportunity as we have very less time for ourselves. So, whenever I get time, I go to my native place for the pending personal work
  2. Book – Study related books I have read. Also my hobby was to teach students and I used to read for that
  3. Movie – Three idiots
  4. Food – I am very fond of eating. I practically like everything. I also love to cook. One of my favorite dish is aloo kachauri and moong dal halwa
  5. Actor – Amitabh Bacchhan
  6. Actress – Hema Malini, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha
  7. Singer – Kishore Kumar, Pankaj Udhas
  8. Song – “Chandi ki dewar na todi pyaar bhara dil tod diya”

What is your fitness regime?

I am very active though out the day so do not go on any walk or work out.

 Who all are there in your immediate family?

 My wife Dr. Mamta Varshney is a poetess. My Daughter is in Canada, she is an electrical engineer. My son is an IT engineer and MBA, now posted in PNB Housing Finanace as Area Sales Manager in Delhi

 How do you maintain work-life balance?

Do not have much responsibilities as of now as both my kids are settled outstation. But whatever things are need to be sorted out I do it very methodologically. I prioritize my work and with proper time management, I maintain my family as well as my job.

 Who is your best friend and his/her good qualities?

All my college batch mates are very dear to me and they are very good friends. Mr. Ishtyaq Ahmed, Chief Town Planner, GDA is a very good friend as he has the same nature as mine and he is very sincere.

What one thing makes you very angry?

Anything that is not done properly irritates me. If thing are not done the way they need to be done makes me real angry. With very less effort things could be done in a proper way and they would be beneficial for future.

 What one thing makes you very happy?

 If things are working on their pace and properly, makes me satisfied and happy.

 What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?

I am very proud of my hard work and honesty. I am in government job and whatever salary I am getting, I am doing justice to my job and fulfilling all my responsibilities and duties towards the department.

 What are your contributions to your city Meerut?

I want Meerut to be clean and a healthy city and I work in this direction only. I do liaising with different department to keep my city clean, green and healthy.

 What are your future goals?

I believe in doing whatever I have in hand to my full capacity. I put in my 100% to whatever I am doing and rest is in the hands of God.

 One line that defines you in totality?

I believe in “Attitude is the key”. Your personality should have that attitude and that attitude is going to speak everything about you.

 

 

Top of the Town: Garima Aggarwal, M.D. Aim International Academy, Renowned Bollywood Actress

Who was your inspiration in Childhood?

Basically, I used to watch television a lot in my childhood and I was inspired by lot of actors and actresses who had been shot to fame by their persistence and hard work. I always had the spirit to do something different and be recognized by everyone. So my self motivation was my inspiration since childhood. For acting, I was greatly inspired by Sridevi ji after watching her in movie Sadma. She did an amazing job in that.

Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?

Our Current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi ji though I never was too keen and updated in politics because their words do not match their actions. But I found Modi ji very devoted towards his country and he actually wants to do something for the country.

 When did you start working on your ambition?

My husband used to run a coaching institute and he used to take classes for IIT and Medical. I joined him and started taking English Speaking classes. After that I got inspired by my father-in-law and we opened up a school “Aim International Academy” in Mohanpuri in his memory.

There I and my husband worked as a team and we took the school on heights. Then we opened up few more schools in Meerut and currently we have 6 branches of Aim International Academy running successfully in Meerut. I believe in giving up the best foot to everything.

Once the schools were established, I wanted to pursue acting which had been my passion from very beginning. In this I was supported greatly by my husband and my kids. He took over the schools from last two years and I am concentrating on my career in acting.

 What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?

I appreciate lots of music and I wanted to be with myself. I also give time to think about people important in my life while enjoying the music

 Quick bites of favorites?

  1. Holiday destination – Goa
  2. Book – My husband is a book for me as he reads a lot and he gives me the crux of the books.
  3.  Movie – DDLJ
  4.  Food – I love Indian Food. Paneer Butter Masala is my favorite dish
  5.  Actor – Amitabh Bacchhan
  6.  Actress – Aishwarya Rai
  7.  Singer – Sonu Nigam
  8.  Song – “Jab Koi Baat bigad jai, jab koi mushkil pad jayee”

 What is your fitness regime?

I go for long walk along with my husband for an hour and take balanced diet. We get up around 4 am and then go for a walk. After coming back from walk, we do some aerobic exercises too.

 Who all are there in your immediate family?

My husband, Mr. Amrish Aggarwal, MD Aim Internation Academy chain of schools.

I have two sons; one is studying in 12th standard and the other one in 9th standard. My both kids are very supportive and encouraging me to pursue acting further. They in fact, took all the responsibilities and managed without me whenever I am out on my acting schedule.

How do you maintain work-life balance?

I think I have the most wonderful family. My husband is very supportive and he motivated me to pursue my passion for acting.

If we work with enjoyment, I think both the things could be balanced. Once my work is over I am 100% there for my family. Then I do not think about work. My family time is completely family time and I do not compromise with that.

I think we waste a lot of time in our lives. Problem could be easily sorted out if we could maintain a schedule or a time table and work accordingly. We would see that both work and family could be easily managed.

 Who is your best friend and his/her good qualities?

My husband is my best friend. Apart from him, my Jijaji, who is also an actor and acted in more than 300 films Mr. BrijGopal ji.

 What one thing makes you very angry?

I never get angry. The only thing that annoys me a little is when I am unable to perform according to my expectations.

 What one thing makes you very happy?

Be with my family

 What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?

The schools we had developed together with lots of devotion.

 What are your contributions to your city Meerut?

I am the board of director of Almighty ladies club. Under the aegis of the club, we had adopted 50 students from the slum and we look after their all day to day needs, their studies, their festivals and practically everything. A few days back their huts were destroyed and we helped them in reconstructing them.

I visit to orphanage and old age homes quite frequently and serve them.

What are your future goals?

I want that my schools should be on pinnacle. And I also want to work in a movie that should be an inspiration for people.

 One line that defines you in totality?

Everything in my life is just by the Grace of God. So I wanted to thank him for everything.

 

Top of the Town: Amrish Aggarwal, M.D. Aim International Academy, Chain of Schools

Who was your inspiration in Childhood?

My father was my inspiration in Childhood. He was a primary teacher and he was very active and aware in the field of education. He always treated every child as a foundation of the country, and believed in giving the best to train the child. He was very hard working and I had developed the habit of working hard from him only.

 Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?

Our Current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi ji as he believes in think and do and his actions communicates his ideologies.

 When did you start working on your ambition?

 After passing class XII, I started my coaching and I taught more than 14000 students of Meerut city. I kept on studying at the same time and completed my engineering. Then we started the school “Aim International Academy”.

 What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?

I read a lot and love to read motivational books. I am also writing a memoir on my father and the real life incidences. The name of the book is “Dharohar”.

 Quick bites of favorites?

  1.  Holiday destination – Goa
  2. Book – The secret, The power of subconscious mind.
  3.  Movie – DDLJ
  4.  Food – I love Indian Food. Paneer Butter Masala is my favorite dish
  5.  Actor – Amitabh Bacchhan
  6.  Actress – Aishwarya Rai
  7.  Singer – Sonu Nigam
  8.  Song – “Jab Koi Baat bigad jai, jab koi mushkil pad jayee”

 What is your fitness regime?

 I go for long walk along with my wife for an hour and take balanced diet. We get up around 4 am and then go for a walk. After coming back from walk, we do some aerobic exercises too.

 Who all are there in your immediate family?

My wife, Mrs. Garima Aggarwal, MD Aim Internation Academy chain of schools and bollywood actress.

I have two sons; one is studying in 12th standard and the other one in 9th standard. My both kids are very supportive and encouraging me to pursue acting further. They in fact, took all the responsibilities and managed without me whenever I am out on my acting schedule.

 How do you maintain work-life balance?

 I am very particular about time management. We create a To – Do list in the morning and work accordingly though out the day.

 Who is your best friend and his/her good qualities?

 My wife Mrs. Garima Aggarwal,  is my best friend as she is very cooperative and very lovable. Apart from him, my Jijaji, who is also an actor and acted in more than 300 films Mr. BrijGopal ji. He is someone who is always with me and always supported me a lot.

 What one thing makes you very angry?

 I normally get annoyed by myself when I am unable to follow the system. Also when I give 100% to anything or cooperate somebody and I get negative response or feedback. This makes me a little sad though not angry.

 What one thing makes you very happy?

Be with my family

 What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?

The schools we had developed together with lots of devotion. Through that with a noble vision I am able to server my society and as a whole my country.

 What are your contributions to your city Meerut?

I am contributing to Meerut city by teaching students.
I teach my students to be humble, I want to instill a lot of values into them so that they respect their parents, their elders and all other forms of lives. I also teach them to be clean and keep the surroundings clean. I am trying to develop good habits in my school children.

 What are your future goals?

Currently I want to develop my schools more and want to be a part of Garima’s success story. I want to see her becoming a star. I also want to support my kids in fulfilling their dreams.

 One line that defines you in totality?

Hard work is such investment that never fails.

 

Top of the Town: Dr. Rajeev Aggarwal MBBS, MD DM, (Cardiologist, Meerut)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Rajeev Agarwala is a leading Cardiologist in Meerut, with over 20 years’ experience. He practices at Jaswant Rai Speciality Hospital, of which he is one of the Founding Members. The Hospital is a premier Referral Hospital in Meerut providing all-round health care.

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ?

My Teachers in my childhood encouraged me a lot. They always motivated to do something different as I was a good student and pretty good in studies.

Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?

I am not inspired by a single leadership. I am influenced by different qualities of different people their aspect toward life. Like the creativity of Steve jobs, Team leadership of Gandhiji, Osama bin laden’s Capability to think beyond human imagination though negative and destructive. Quality of imagination is very powerful. Modiji’s dedication is beyond imagination. He is so dedicated to his country and county men. Desire not to give up is the most common thing required for leadership and also persistence, hard work, team leadership and involvement in their thought process by different leaders.

 When did you start working on your ambition?

I started working on my ambition from class 10th where I decided to be a doctor. I never took any formal training but I knew that the entrance exam would have objective type of questions. I developed an inquisitive habit of thinking like a teacher. I used to prepare a topic and used to think the type of questions that could be asked by the teacher. I always believed that to excel in any sphere of life, you need to think proactively what the other person could think. Like the game of chess, where u play according to the moves of the opponent. The same way is the examiner. I would prepare the maximum set of questions that an examiner could ask and then you get into a different gear. If you prepare like a student you would not excel but if you treat anything like a game and treat your examiner as an opponent and you opponent is trying to test your knowledge, so you need to prepare at that level and the studies become very strategic. This is what I did.

Another example is the game of cricket. The batsman should know the strategy of the bowler and the bowler should know the strategy of the batsman. Who so ever has done more homework would win. The same rule is applicable in every sphere of life.

 What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?

I like to travel in my free time and like to investigate the life of people there. For example if I go to America, then I try to look why America is America. And I also love to implement the good things about any culture in my life. I also like to study the personalities of different successful people and try to understand the qualities that made them so successful. If you want to rise in life, you should be able to understand and absorb the qualities of successful people.

 Quick bites of favourites ?

  1. Holiday destination – Europe
  2. Book – I actually read a lot of medical literature as it gives me enormous pleasure. But I love to read the interview of successful people. Like I was just reading the interview of Mr. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman of Air India whose philosophy is to fill and fly. I would also like to translate this in my hospital management. I translate the management principle from other professions to my profession.
  3. Movie – Black
  4. Food – Wine and Cheese
  5. Actor – Amitabh Bacchhan
  6. Actress – Madhuri dixit, Katrina Kaif, Aishwaria Rai
  7. Singer – I love to listen to Kailash kher as I love Sufi music
  8. Song – I do not remember any song as of now.

What is your fitness regime?

I live with people with positive frame of mind. It is of utmost importance. For fitness I also believe that there has to be some contentment in your life. The richness should be there in your mind. When you fulfill these prerequisites, than diet and exercise and other things come into existence and impact our fitness. I work out for 3-4 days in a week for an hour. I am very conscious about my diet because as a cardiologist we are fire fighter. Fitness is the demand of my profession and we need to be very quick in response for our patients.

 Who all are there in your immediate family?

My wife Dr. Vinoda Rajeev. My daughter is doing Phd. from U.S. and my son is pursuing MBBS and is in final year.

 How do you maintain work-life balance?

 Over a period of time family has compensably accommodated my busy schedule. Initially there were difficult moments when I was not present on parent-teacher meetings, on annual functions and other precious moments in the family. But then my family learnt to adjust and my children accepted the way of our work culture.

 Who is your best friend and his/her good qualities?

I have a huge bank of friends.

 What one thing makes you very angry?

 When people take back their words.

 What one thing makes you very happy?

 I am basically a workaholic, if everybody is doing their job well I am very happy. We need to work in a team and if anybody is not doing their job properly, the whole team is disturbed. Its like an orchestra, if even a single musician is not playing his notes properly then the whole music is lost. I am not a very strict administrator but I am very tough during working hours.

 What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?

I am an average Doctor with average competence and try to help people on humanitarian grounds. But unfortunately, my specialty is very expensive as technology is expensive. This is why we are appreciated less by the community despite of our good work. I initiated a program called “CardioCharity” where we are implanting pace makers free of cost. In the last fifteen years we have helped around 300 people with the help of community and friends. This gives me immense satisfaction. This is probable the only program in the country of this magnitude.

 What are your contributions to your city Meerut?

As a doctor, I do not have many opportunities to do social work. But we try to provide good medical care through Jaswant Rai Speciality Hospital different department to the citizens of Meerut and surrounding areas.

 What are your future goals?

As such not many ambitions are there but I want to remain healthy and work for the welfare of the community.

 One line that defines you in totality?

I am very sincere.

 

Top of the Town: Additional City Magistrate, Sadar, Shri Kumar Bhupendra Singh Ji

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who was your inspiration in Childhood?

In childhood, I wanted to be just like my father. Then I started reading about Gandhiji, and I become quite influenced by him. Also, being a student of history, I was highly influenced by Subhash Chandra bose, Bhagat Singh.

Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?

My thought process was moulded greatly by the thoughts of Gandhiji, thought I am not a full Gandhi vadi. I am also influenced by Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

 When did you start working on your ambition?

I actually wanted to be a lawyer but the gestation period for being a successful lawyer was pretty long and the financial situation of my home was not permitting me to wait for such a long period of time. So I started giving competitions and got selected and rest is history.

What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?

I am quite a lazy person and the best thing that I enjoy in my leisure time is to talk to my friends and relatives.

 Quick bites of favorites?

  1. Holiday destination – Though I do not get much time to travel as my job does not permit me long vacations. As a result, I had not been able to see even India. So first I would like to explore India whenever I get an opportunity
  2. Book – read Shakespeare and Franz Kafta. Also books by Osho
  3. Movie – Jane bhi do yaron, Three idiots and Sholay
  4. Food- Chili Paneer
  5. Actor – Devanand, Johny Walker
  6. Actress – Hema mailni
  7. Singer – Rafi ji
  8. Song – “Allah Tero naam” a song in movie Hum Dono is a very beautiful song and specially the line “Balwano ko de Gyaan”

 What is your fitness regime?

As I told you I am pretty lazy, so I really do not do anything for my fitness. But I am pretty active the whole day and that helps me in maintaining my fitness.

Who all are there in your immediate family?

My wife, Mrs Beena Singh, is a social worker, Daughter is preparing for Medical Entrance Exam. I have two sons, one in class 10th and the other in class 7th.  My youngest son is interested in music and learning guitar and keyboard.

 How do you maintain work-life balance?

Because of my job, my home is in deficit position. My wife takes care of most of the household activities as I am more inclined towards my job and it is my utmost priority.

Who is/are your best friend and his/her good qualities?

Rakesh Pandey(Head TT) and Ramesh Pandey (Professor Law) both of them are my friends from last 30 years. Their way of living and thinking has inspired me a lot

 What one thing makes you very angry?

Small mistakes irritates me a lot

 What one thing makes you very happy?

To do something different from the league and getting successful in that.

 What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?

My proud moment is when I am able to bring substantial difference in somebody’s life and leave an impact in their life.

 What are your contributions to your city Meerut?

I want to improve the condition of law and order in the city and illegal possession of roads, building etc. I also want to work on making the city clean.

 What are your future goals?

As a parent, I want to raise my children well with values. As an officer, I want to make a substantial change in the life of people

 One life that defines you in totality?

“Aapan tej samharo aapai Teenhon lok hank te kanpai” from Hanuman Chalisa which means You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.

 

 

Top of the town: Sh. Awadesh Kumar Singh Ji, City Magistrate Meerut

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who was your inspiration in Childhood ? 

My inspiration in my childhood was Netaji Subhash Chandra bose and Sardar Vallabh bhai patel.

Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?

I am inspired greatly by Shankaracharya

When did you start working on your ambition?

I did my MA in 1982 and then I did LAW. My university friends recognized my potential and inspired me to go for competitive exams of administration. Then I prepared for the exam and got through them.

What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?

 I love to read a lot of books related to my work.

Quick bites of favorites?

  1. Holiday destination – I love travelling in hilly areas
  2. Book – books by Munshi Premchand ji specially Godan
  3. Movie – Baghban
  4. Food – Simple vegetarian food specially green vegetables
  5. Actor – Amitabh Bacchan
  6. Actress– Madhuri Dixit
  7. Singer – Lata Mangeshkar ji
  8. Song – “Ae mere watan ke logon” by Lata ji
  9. What is your fitness regime?

I regularly go for morning walk and also practice pranayam. I also believe in simple eating

Who all are there in your immediate family?

My wife, she is a government Teacher. The eldest daughter has done MFA, younger to her is doing B.Tech and the youngest daughter is doing B.Com. My son is in class 11th.

How do you maintain work-life balance?

Because of my present assignment, I am not able to give much time to my family. The responsibilities are taken care of by my wife. Though I am involved and give my contributions in all the decisions.

Who is your best friend and his/her good qualities?

My best friend is Mr. K .B. Singh (IPS). He is a real gentleman and I just love his company.

What one thing makes you very angry?

If somebody is drinking hard drinks irritates me a lot and I just could not tolerate interacting with anybody drunk.

What one thing makes you very happy?

I am extremely interested in sports and whenever India wins any match, trophy or medal make me very happy.

What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?

See, I belong to a very rural background and I completed my schooling from village only. Getting into Allahabad University and then cracking the competitive exam was a real achievement for somebody from such a background.

What are your contributions to your city Meerut?

I had recently joined here. I would dedicate myself to bring law and order in the city. People should believe in brother hood and they should not get agitated by petty issues.

Also I would like to give my contributions to this wonderful organization MCMI and its endeavors in Meerut city.

What are your future goals?

I want my country to be united and develop as per the pace of the global countries. I want this terrorism and nuisances faced by my country to end and I will work in this direction.

One life that defines you in totality?

I love to work as a team. I want everybody to contribute a little to make it a success in any kind of work. Nobody should be hurt by me and I should be able to do justice with my job.

Top of the Town: Dr. Madhu Vats, UP Navratan Awardee

 

 

 

 

Dr. Madhu vats, UP Navratan Awardee, a renowned educationist and social worker doing magnificent work for the betterment of society.

 Who was your inspiration in Childhood?

The first inspiration I got was from my mother, she was very hardworking dedicated and intellectual women. Then I got inspired by Kiran bedi.

 Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?

 Indira Gandhi ji is my inspiration and I am inspired by her strong decision making power. I had an impression of her since very beginning

 When did you start working on your ambition?

Teaching is my passion I never took it as a profession. And I also believe that teacher can do anything. I just wanted to inculcate emotions and values among the youth. Youth has given me that direction that why to tell just 60 students in the class and why not put your thoughts and thoughts in to actions among masses. Recently we had done a project with 154 school students on Clean Ganga Mission and it was a huge success.  It is an honour to be recognized by our respectable Prime Minister in Mann ki baat. My ambition was to do something for the society.

 What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?

I have a number of hobbies. I love to paint, I love to sing, I love to play with kids I love to sew and knit and do embroidery. Though I was a science student but I have zeal to learn everything. I have a sewing center in the district jail and first day I taught jail inmates cutting.

Quick bites of favorites?

  1. Holiday destination – Ooty
  2. Book – Books written by Sharat Chandra, Rabindra Nath Tagore and Amrita pritam ji’ Raseedi ticket
  3. Movie – Ten commandments
  4. Food – Palak Paneer
  5. Actor – Sunny Deol
  6. Actress – Hema malini ji
  7. Singer – Lata Mangeshkar ji
  8. Song – “Wo guzra hua zamana aata nahi dobara”

 What is your fitness regime?

Fitness is directly linked to your thought process. A positive approach keeps me running. I believe that mind has a link with the body.  Also I am pretty actively involved in various activities which automatically keep me fit. I go for walk in the morning but not very particular about it. But I am very particular about my food intakes.

Who all are there in your immediate family?

My husband and my only son. My husband is chief editor and a renowned writer. My son is working on environment solution and part of I love Meerut mission

 How do you maintain work-life balance?

I always maintain work – life balance. I do not work for 9-5 now but when I was in my job then I drew a thin line between my personal and professional life. Once I am in my office I do not think about home and once I was back home then I do not think about office. Then I used to give 100% to my family with proper time management. And I got tremendous support from my husband.

Who is your best friend and his/her good qualities?

 My mother had always been my best friend.

 What one thing makes you very angry?

I believe in practical approach and where the work is not done on the ground level, it upsets me a lot. “kathani aur karani me farak “  makes me very angry.

What one thing makes you very happy?

The happiest moments are those when I am able to bring smile on others faces.

 What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?

I had been blessed with few honors and awards like face of the city award, best teacher award, UP Navratan Swacch Bharat by PM, Vishisht Mahila Samman, Prakriti Prahari award to name a few. Whenever I got recognized for the work I had done for education and environment, I feel the proud moment for me as this was my direction.

 What are your contributions to your city Meerut?

Actually, I researched on the yellow oleander (Kaner Flower) as it is a wonderful gift of nature. It controls SPM and a wonderful tool by nature to control pollution. Under the then commissioner Bhuvnesh kumar ji, my suggestion to implement plantation of kaner flower in the entire green belt of Uttar Pradesh was materialized. I got international excellence award for this. Now kaner is implemented thought out India.

We had also planted thousands of trees. We had a sewing center, library, vermin compost plant in District jail, 6th batallian PAC sewing center and computer center.

We had recently donated 18000 books to needy children by my NGO Sarvahit Sansthan. I had been nominated for President Award for the same.

 What are your future goals?

I want to see my city Meerut highlighted on World’s map.

Currently I am running “Youth and Ganga”  and “Youth and Environmental protection” across Uttar Pradesh

One line that defines you in totality?

 I believe in “khud ke prati immandar rahe to samaj ko imandari de payenge”.

 

 

 

Success by Education By SDM, Meerut

We welcome you to Success by Education Interview:

What is / are your Present assignment, duties and designation
I am SDM Meerut, so basically management of the land that is available in the tehsil. There si lot of Gram sabha land that is public land so we are the custodians of that land. Also we are the incharge of the law and order in the tehsil so if there is ever lets say riots situations or two parties are fighting so we supervise the work of police to that extent. So that there is peace in the city. These are some important functions that I perform

Did you ever think that you can be on this stage of life?
When I was your age my only aim was to do engineering and after that do MBA. So this was nowhere in the picture for me. I did do engineering and then I did MBA and after that I was working in London. There I thought that I had a good job and I had a good money but I felt at that point of time that I wanted to be in India and do something for the society and people in India. That is when I decided to leave my job and come to India. Well, it was a dream at that point of time. Nothing was sure that I would eventually be able to clear the exam. It was a big risk that I was taking by leaving a good job in London. But you do dream and you do hope that your dream would come true. So at time I did think that I would become an IAS officer.

Do you remember some naughtiness / mistake/ important incidence you did / remember as a young child?
There were loads and loads of such incidence. I would not say that I was a very naughty child but yes I was naughty and I used to have my own pranks and I used to talk a lot in the class. I got a lot of scolding also
Mistakes, yes I did a lot of mistake. Mistakes in terms of decision making, in terms of career
because I always followed my heart. Sometimes in hind side you feel that may be had I not done that may be I had done something else I would have been better. But I think that mistakes are part of life and you have to take them in your stride and keep moving forward

Did you decide what you are today? And how did you reach here ?
I just answered that question in the previous question. It was very late that I decided to actually come into this field. Earlier I just wanted to be in the corporate world like one of you has taken commerce. So I am sure you also probable want to go forward and do something in the corporate world which was my aim also in life. But very late I realized that this is not all that I wanted and I decided to come back and do something to contribute to the society.

What you like at best in your job profile to date? Something you did and you became internally happy and you still remember?
One of the best things of this job is that almost every day you do something that gives you a lot of internal satisfaction. One of the best things that I like in my job is that I can help poor people and I am the first recourse that people think of, when they are in trouble. So if there is a poor person who is being troubled by someone then, I am someone who they would come to. So there are lots and lots of opportunities to correct some of the injustices that are happening in the world unfortunately though I do not claim to remove all the injustices even in my Tehsil. We are also presiding officers in the court so whenever we are deciding cases we are providing justice to people. We keep doing lot of things that gives us internal satisfaction.

Why education is important? And how education was important to you? And how education transformed you and when?
I think education is extremely important I could be someone who could be called overeducated for this job that I am doing. It was not required for me to do engineering and then do MBA for this job but I have done that. I came back from London and studied again. I do not believe in doing just the bare minimum and then just try to get a job. Education broadens your mind, improves your outlook of life and it really makes you understand what you want out of your life. Even though when I was a kid I never liked studying but now till date want to learn new things and want to join some new course for that.

What was your time table during as a school student? What were your hobbies and favorite pastime?
Well, I never really followed a fixed time table. You do go to school and you do come back and you do all the activities that are required.
My hobby as a school kid was to play sitar. I also liked playing guitar and I used to do a lot of swimming. I played badminton too.
These things I used to do fairly regularly. I am also a big movie buff. I hardly ever missed a movie.

How you became successful? What is your success mantra in one line?
Successful is a very controversial word. I do not know whether I am really successful yet. I think success mantra for anyone in the world would be hard work and believing in yourself. If you work hard and believe in your dreams, nothing in the world can stop you.

What according to you is the difference in present education pattern and the time you were in school
I am really not aware of the current education pattern. Although I think there is a lot less pressure on you. Students do not fail. And there is grading system instead of percentage. It has become easier to score marks. In our times 100% or all A’s were unheard of. So to that extent it is becoming better. NCERT is laying more emphasis on learning and understanding rather than rote learning which was somewhat there in our case
I think education pattern is improving although I am not very well versed with the current education pattern.

Please tell us a sad incident that happened in your childhood to now and how did you manage to overcome?
I was preparing for IIT and I wanted to get into IIT Delhi.  Although I did get into IIT Delhi, but my rank was not up to my expectations and I did not got the stream of my choice. Someone may think this incident not to be sad as I managed to get into IIT Delhi only, but I was very sad and depressed. I studied a lot and worked very hard and eventually able to change to the stream of my choice during the course of time. I never let this become a hindering point in my career.

Today’s children get into depression, anxiety, suicide etc? What message can you give us to overcome this fear?
Like I said, if you believe in yourself than any number of sad incidences or obstacle that come in your path really do not matter. All of us, also the so called successful people have gone though bad phases in life. There is nobody who has sailed very smoothly while chasing their dreams. If everybody starts thinking that this is the end of life as I did not get 99% marks in my math exam or an A grade in my board exam then people will never be able to achieve their dreams. My message to everyone will be that you keep dreaming and keep believing in your dreams. Because, if you do that, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving those dreams.

What role did your parents play in your success?
Parents play a very-very important role and all your elders for that matter, your school teachers and anybody whom you look up to for advice or for help. You treat them as some sort of role model and you have to think that whatever they are telling you is for your good. I think they play a very important role in your success. You should always listen to your parents and your teachers.

What role did your school / teachers play in your success?

Please tell about 3 people in your life who are your role model?
Lot of historical people who I admire. Like Gandhiji, was one person who was very strong about his convictions. If he believed in something, even if the entire world was against him he would still stick to that and he would keep fighting for it till he achieves it

Something you want to tell young generation school students which we forgot to ask and you would like to share?
I would just like to tell you that believe in your dreams and follow them religiously and you will be able to achieve what you have aimed for. APJ Abdul kalam azad tells that if you dream about something, dreaming does not mean you keep sleeping. It means you have to get up and work hard to achieve that dream. If you do that and like aim for the moon, you would at least reach the tree for that matter

Please suggest 3 more people in Meerut who should be interviewed

Thanks to you by “Success by Education”

Name 1: Meenakshi (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 2: Aditi (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 3: Vratika (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 4: Ritika Goswami (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)

Success by Education By Architect, Meerut

We welcome you to Success by Education Interview:

What is / are your Present assignment, duties and designation
First of all let me introduce myself. My name is Gagan Gujral. I am not the product but the by-product of Meerut itself. I am a practicing Architect. I have recently started my own operations in Meerut itself. Before that I had travelled a lot. I had worked in Noida, Guragon and Amsterdam. I also stayed in Europe for some time. Then after that I wanted to do something of my own. I worked in a job for 2.5 years and had a realization that this is not my cup of tea. Right from the school, I have always been in the leadership role. I had been the monitor of the class; I had been the school sports captain. So I wanted to lead from the front. Another motive for starting up on my own was to do something that could provide employment not only to me but probably to 5-10 other families as well. I wanted to take care of people.
I wanted to give something back to the city where I had been brought up. People are not thinking on these lines. They will do IIT… IIM or some other good education and settle may be in metro cities or abroad.
People will keep on complaining about the city.. like good jobs are not there… or traffic is not good… or good malls are not there … but whose going to start and initiate all those if everybody run away from their responsibilities. So I came back to Meerut and started with a small office where we do interesting projects. I design homes for people… I design other infrastructure also. My current assignment involves meeting with clients, teaching university graduates and designing.

Did you ever think that you can be on this stage of life?
Absolutely not. Till I qualified IIT I had no idea where I am going to land. Never think I want to become this or that… that is too much of peer pressure. You always live your life day by day. My motive is that before going to bed at the end of the day, I look at my whole day and see whether I had learnt something new today or not. If I had not learnt anything new, I feel my whole day is wasted. If you keep on learning one thing slowly… slowly each day … then after few years you will come to know what you have to do. That is the problem with our social system … your parents would dictate… be an engineer or be a doctor…. See whatever you want to become you should decide. That should be your personal decision but you should earn the trust of your parents and you should also live up to your decision.

Do you remember some naughtiness / mistake/ important incidence you did / remember as a young child?
I still do it … so I remember it every day. A very funny incident when I was in office. I had a senior who was always giving me a lot of work. I was fed up of so much work. One day he was not sitting on his laptop, so I bumped into his laptop and take a screen shot of the desktop and created the screenshot as the desktop. So, all the icons went static since it was a picture and not the real desktop. Now, when my senior came back he was clicking on all the icons and nothing was happening. He even formatted his laptop but still nothing happened. Ultimately he sent his laptop to the head office in Bangalore and it came back after fifteen days and my senior got good bashing from the head office. So this is the recent prank that I did… and I remember.

Did you decide what you are today? And how did you reach here?
It was God’s grace and by teacher’s blessing. See everybody says that I am here because of my luck. For example my good luck got me a seat in IIT but you know one child who lost the seat because of me had a bad luck. Luck is a very relative thing. I thought about it and then I realized the only definition for good luck is that if you get good teachers and good Gurus to guide you, to teach you then you could reach the horizon of your career. A guru needs not to be an elder person only. Even your rickshaw wala is also a sort of guru. You can learn a lot from him like the hard work, the dedication to work even in all sort of weather he is there for you to take you to school. So you can learn a lot from him too. For this you have to increase your observation power and make yourself inquisitive of your surrounding and then you will be a better person.

What you like at best in your job profile to date? Something you did and you became internally happy and you still remember?
I am an architect so I believe that I change people’s life. I design a house for somebody and they live in that for the rest of their lives and may be their children also live in that. I believe that I am what I am and you are what you are just because of the places we have lived in. if I shift to your place and you shift to my place and start our childhood again we will be completely different people.  Even if you change the lane and goes to may be the next lane to yours you would be some different person. So when I am doing architecture every day I derive my force my energy my passion my happiness from a single thing that I am going to design something which is going to change the life of people. Every day you bless me for the comfort you get in your house. That is a blessing for me and gives me lot of internal satisfaction.

Why education is important? And how education was important to you? And how education transformed you and when?
Human brain is designed to do a lot of things. We only use a very little fraction of our brain since our spectrum is so low. To increase the spectrum of knowledge we need to read more.
Education is not about only maths book or science book. Like if I today carry this school of educators magazine with me, I would not be able to sleep unless until I finish it. Even if it consume whole of my night I would finish it off. This is my habit. This would be my one thing new.
So, reading is must. You should change your word from education to reading. Even if the people who are uneducated but well read have done very good for themselves. Like Dhirubhai Ambani used to fill petrol at petrol station. He was earning 200 Rs a day. Everybody with him had a dream to have a petrol pump one day but Dhirubhai wanted to own the company which would supply petrol to different petrol stations and one day he did it. Now the group owns Reliance petroleum.
So education is not just about the school education. Along with that you should learn about other things as well and the best way to learn is to read.

What was your time table during as a school student? What were your hobbies and favorite pastime?
I used to sleep early and wake up early in the school times. There was no such fixed time table that I followed.
I love listening to music and all sorts of music. And I am particular and passionate about my hobby as I think that hobby is something that keeps you alive.

How you became successful? What is your success mantra in one line?
Success mantra I have already told that you should focus on learning one new thing every day. If at the bed time you feel you have learnt nothing new, just keep a small dictionary near your bed and learn a new word from it.
I am sikh which literally means a pupil. So I believe in continuous leaning and I will be a student throughout my life and keep on learning new things.
Success is a very relative term. How do you measure success? If you measure by income, there are lot of people who are earning more than you. If you measure by post, then again there are lot of people who are at a better position than you. If by needs by the size of car, by the size of house you measure success, than again there might be somebody who has a smaller house than you and a smaller car than you and they are more satisfied and contented than you.
For me success is that every day I get freedom to work on my own and I go back and have dinner with my family which most of the people in corporate job do not have.

What according to you is the difference in present education pattern and the time you were in school
The present education pattern is really good. And it is getting better in terms of that now more opportunities are available to the students. This was not possible in our times. There is a excess to so much information at just click of a button. Everything is available in just 4 inches device. More over new age careers have come up. In our times, we cannot take up dance as a career which is possible now. Singers have to struggle a lot to get a platform to sing.

Please tell us a sad incident that happened in your childhood to now and how did you manage to overcome?
The saddest incident of my life was loss of my grandparents. I was very close to them. I still believe that whatever I am, I am just because of my grandparents. It is their blessing that I am able to achieve whatever I had now. Instead of being sad at any sat incident you should look at the positive side of the incident.

Today’s children get into depression, anxiety, suicide etc? What message can you give us to overcome this fear?
I had lived outside Meerut after doing my 10th class. And I had gone through a lot of incidents which were very sad. I believe that there could be nothing so bad that you cannot overcome. There could be nothing so bad so irreversible that you have to finish your life for that. This is something that is against God’s will. If you are feeling week in certain situations you should look for ways to get out of that.

What role did your parents play in your success?
My parents have played a very major role. They gave me freedom and never stopped me from doing anything. Also they believed in me. Like my decision of getting back to Meerut after leaving such a good career abroad is something they were initially not agreeing to but later trusted me and were with me in my decision to start up my own. My both parents are from the service background and there is no body in my family with the business background. I was the only one who started it and they supported me.
They had also taught me to be one of the best person and not only given good educated. Till date even in Meerut, I had not broken any traffic lights. If your intellectual level is different from the intellectual level of the society, it is only because of your parents.

What role did your school / teachers play in your success?
I have had a good luck in the sense that I have taken lots of decisions which were random but God has given me very nice teachers. Physics used to be my favorite subject in school

Please tell about 3 people in your life who are your role model?
One is Mr.  A PJ Abdul kalam Azad. He was very successful and at the same time very down to earth.
Another is Mr.Narendra Modi, our PM. India was given to him when India was in its worst condition. He is so energetic and so lively that you immediately get energy from him.
And lastly my parents are my role models.

Something you want to tell young generation school students which we forgot to ask and you would like to share?
You should always develop some hobbies as they give your personality an overall shape and also you have something apart from your profession to pursue further.

Please suggest 3 more people in Meerut who should be interviewed

Thanks to you by “Success by Education”

Name 1: Saloni IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 2: Amisha Goyal IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 3: Srishti Das IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name4: Aastha IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)

Success by Education By ADM City, Meerut

We welcome you to Success by Education Interview:

What is / are your Present assignment, duties and designation
I am a PCS officer. Presently I am ADM City, Meerut. My main duty is to maintain peace in my whole area.

Did you ever think that you can be on this stage of life?
When I was studying, I wanted to be an engineer. But I was not successful in that. Then I thought to be a professor but even that could not happen. Then I gave competitive exams and cleared that.

Do you remember some naughtiness / mistake/ important incidence you did / remember as a young child?
No, I was not naughty. My only motive was to get educated. I belonged to a very backward village. The condition of education was very poor. The kids on my maternal grandparents side were well educated and I used to feel inferior to them. Then I decided to study and I was the first student in my whole village to clear my high school and inter with first division.

Did you decide what you are today? And how did you reach here?
I told you that I wanted to be a lecturer so I was pursuing P.hd. in the university and at that time there was a form for Lok Seva Aayog and I just filled it with as such no intention of pursuing it. I did not wanted to come to civil services.

What you like at best in your job profile to date? Something you did and you became internally happy and you still remember?
I really enjoy playing. When I was studying I could not play any sport. After that I

Why education is important? And how education was important to you? And how education transformed you and when?
Education is very important for the whole some development of a person. It should not be taken only with the objective of getting a job.

What was your time table during as a school student? What were your hobbies and favorite pastime?
I belonged to a village. Family persons never used to give much importance to the education. Focus was more on farming and not education. Even I used to work in my farms and whatever time was left after that was dedicated to studies.

How you became successful? What is your success mantra in one line?
My school was 5 kms from my house and I used to go on foot to the school. It used to take around 2 hrs in all to go and come back from the school. In these two hours, I used to learn and revise my theoretical subjects on the way. In the recess period I used to practice maths.
At home I used to study Science only. I got educated at Allahabad University. My subject was economics and I was well prepared and because of that hard work and dedication, I got successful.  Everything was
The education in earlier times used to clear the concepts. Suppose you are asked to learn

What according to you is the difference in present education pattern and the time you were in school
Education in earlier times, students were made to answer the questions by teachers. Teachers used to work really hard for making the base clear to students. But now-a-days answers are told to the students and they learn it.
For example, if we have to learn the biography of Mahatama Gandhi. In earlier times before learning a biography we were asked to inquire the biography of our grandfather from father. What all work is being done by him and all the details about his birth, his education, and his life span. Biography was being taught in this way and we were told the concept of biography not just we have to learn or cram the biography
Teacher should teach like this that they should not tell the answer to the student. Not even to the students of small classes. They should teach in such a way that the child should answer himself. Children are like raw earth and it is the responsibility of the potter to give it a shape. Same ways it is the responsibility of parents as well as teachers to mould the child according to their interest. Every child is capable of doing everything. They should not be restricted according to the marks or peer pressure or parents pressure. No subject is bad. Now-a-days if a student has taken humanities, it is understood that they are not good in studying.
We should understand the psychology of a child and then give directions to them. Every parent wants their child to become doctor or engineer. They do not want them to pursue arts or creative subjects.
To reach heights you have to go through a lot of struggle and efforts. It is not easy to reach heights. You can take the example of water. Water will flow very easily from top to bottom but if you have to take it to reverse direction, you have to do a lot of efforts for that. Similarly a child learns all the bad habits easily and nobody has to teach him that but for good habits, the children should be taught and given directions. In the same way, if you want a child to grow and become successful, the parents and teachers need to work hard and give them such environment that they become successful.
Now-a-days children watch a lot of television. A lot of family serials are coming which does not teaches good stuff to children and a lot of negativity is transferred to children. Children should watch news and other knowledgeable things on television and not serials.

Please tell us a sad incident that happened in your childhood to now and how did you manage to overcome?

Today’s children get into depression, anxiety, suicide etc? What message can you give us to overcome this fear?
As I told you the kids towards my maternal grandparents side were good in studies and I was impressed by the way they speak. I used to feel very sad because of this as I was not one of them. Then I took a firm decision to study hard and be more successful than those kids and I did it.

What role did your parents play in your success?
Parents always play a very significant role. Though my parents were not educated, they still did not interrupt my studies and were very cooperative. My brother was always there for me and has always helped me. My parents bore all the expenses related to my education. From primary to intermediate level I got scholarship from National scholarship scheme.

What role did your school / teachers play in your success?
When I was small I had a problem of retaining whatever I have learnt. I used to forget things quickly. I was in class 2nd and a student of class 2nd should have learnt by heart tables till 30. But I was only able to learn till 20. There used to be a teacher in my primary school who gave me a good bashing on my back with his stick. I felt very bad and this incident changed my life. I made a vow that I would never take a bashing from any teacher. Whatever work would be given to me, I would complete and prepare it in advance and never go unprepared. And after that I never got any bashing throughout the life.
Bashing is not allowed now-a-days, but sometimes it is important to take measures to make children understand

Please tell about 3 people in your life who are your role model?
My inter college Principal Mr. Raj Narain Singh because he was very idealistic. His son was in class X and failed thrice but he did not help him. Though he could have cleared him or helped him as his son’s exam center was the same school in which he was the principal but he never ever let him cheat.

S.N. Lal Srivastava ji in my university was my professor and my guide also. He has taught me a lot of things in life.

And thirdly my role model is my father

Something you want to tell young generation school students which we forgot to ask and you would like to share?
I would like to tell the young generation that education is of utmost important and it should be taken for the overall development and not just for earning money. They should follow the subjects that they are interested in and they enjoy studying rather than studying something under pressure of parents or peers or teachers. Otherwise they will never be able to be completely successful in life.
No subject is inferior or superior whether it is Hindi, Sanskrit, geography or any other subject. Every subject has equal importance. Like we are treated by doctor but if engineer do not do research on various machines then doctor will not be able to work. Every doctor or engineer wears cloths which are designed by fashion designers or stitched by tailors.

Please suggest 3 more people in Meerut who should be interviewed

  1. City magistrate Mr. Keshav kumar
  2. CDO Mr. Navneet Chahal
  3. Jyoti Rai, Trainee PCS Officer

Thanks to you by “Success by Education”
Name 1: Saloni IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 2: Amisha Goyal IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name 3: Srishti Das IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)
Name4: Aastha IX (Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth)