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Kuntal Joisher:World’s first vegan to scale Mount Everest

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Hello everyone!!
We interviewed extremely talented, motivated, strong, determined for his passion, world’s first vegan to scale Mt. Everest. Software engineer by profession and mountaineer by passion. Yess… it’s Kuntal Joisher.

  1. How u became a mountaineer?
    Kuntal Joisher: Just to clarify i m not a professional mountaineer, it’s my passion, engineering still pays my bills. It was just a simple vacation in Shimla, when we reached at the top of the mountain we were climbing, from that time i fell in love with mountains, at the top state of mind was so calm and it was all where i started.
  2. Tell us about the change in your life from past to the present.
    Kuntal Joisher : In many ways my life is changed, like earlier i was such an unhealthy person, weighing 110 kgs, no interest in physics fitness, no interest in climbing any mountain, there are many changes but i m going to point out one that’s today’s Kuntal is a lot more patient than the past. If i and the past Kuntal were sitting in the same room i would have not talk to him. There is a drastic change.
  3. What was your family reaction on your decision to the summit?
    Kuntal Joisher: When i took that decision i decided to discuss it with my family, ofcourse if i was single, i would have not but with family comes responsibility, unfortunately that time my dad was suffering with the dimensia disease at an advance stage, so i sat down with my mother and wife, I said them climbing Everest is the biggest dream of my life, I really want to do it, my family had the idea about the deaths on the expedition of Mt. Everest, people dying, loosing their toes, fingers, 1000 of people getting injured every year, they didn’t say no but they were worried about my health. I am giving a disclaimer, do not do this with your parents, I gave them 2 options, I will go to the top and be happy OR I will not go and stay as dead alive at home, I did emotional blackmail. But over the next 5-6 yrs I demonstrated them that I am a good, safe, strong climber. If i feel any risks or anything on an expedition I will come back to them. I think that anyone who has a risky dream not only mountaineering like anything, it would be good to sit down discuss, explain them why you are so passionate, that you are prepared for what you want to do.
  4. Tell us about your experience in physical training as a vegan?
    Kuntal Joisher: I want to point out that physical training as a vegan or non-vegan don’t have that major difference. People say there is less protein, it’s not like that, but you have to plan your diet smartly like if you want to go to the top of the world you need that top diet plan for your physical fitness. There is no rocket science in that. People just hype that a lot. Plus vagan is not a diet it’s a lifestyle, an ethical choice of a human.
  5. How did you prepare yourself mentally for the expeditions?
    Kuntal Joisher: If you want to be mentally fit, with my opinion start staying physically fit, for example I say I workout 300 steps up and down, I live ina 4 floor building, so 75 times up and down. So pany people get tierd from every angle. But le after finishing say to my body lets to some more, my body is tierd, but I push myself more. So what I want to say is using physical fitness as a medium you can improve your mental fitness. Also if you have any fear, get over it. Start confronting it but under a supervision. I had fear of heights, I overcome it. Build experience.
  6. Tell us about your first expedition to Mt. Everest?
    Kuntal Joisher : To experience first I did 2 attempts, in 2014 17people died on the expedition, in 2015 we were in the middle of 7.8 magnitude earthquake, biggest in the last 100 years. Plus an avalanche hit the base camp, I would say that, that time I miraculously escaped death, I got a second chance. In 2016 I went again I noticed the managers of the lodges said that i am lad, i cale in 2014, 2015 and now again in 2016, it was funny, we laughed. So smoothly on May 19 9:20 in the morning we were just a few steps close to the top of the world, so Mingma said come fast when he reached at the top,he was with me, hes my mentor,brother,guide, family, he is just a rockstar, my first thought was, okay its done Everest is done for now and all, but then this was just for 15-16 seconds and then automatically tears came from my eyes, I called home I had a satellite phone and said I am on the top of the world. It was such a great moment of my life. If i have to give credits 70% I would give to Mingma, 25% to my mother and wife and then 5% to me as i was just putting one step after the other. In 2019 me and Mingma went again for the summit to Mt. Everest, this time we went from the chinese side, at 9:30pm de were at the last base camp and from there we climb for 4 hours at night. There is a second step rock face, it’s 40 feet long, it’s a hard section, both of us were there as 3 people ahead were stuck. We went further then, i thought if i give up i will return home, with regrets and then sadness so we went to the top, when we reached at the top I said Mingma lets take a picture and then return, because it was the second time, I was tierd, i said lets just take a pic and then start descending, as the weather was bad, complicated so i thought lets just stay happy and safe. In 2019 13people died on Everest.
  7. What did you feel when you almost died by doing what u love?
    Kuntal Joisher : As a mountaineer we talk about death. If i say, i was scared, there was no place place to run everywhere there was snow, but more than sacred i was so sad like now i will be dead. But luckily i escaped that death, and i m so grateful that i got a second chance 10000 people died in that earthquake in nepan 500000 people become homeless, so i m so grateful since 2015 i see my life as a second chance.
  8. Tell us about your experience at the Hillary step.
    Kuntal Joisher: In 2015 earthquake, the 2 bolds defines that step dislodged in that earthquake so now there is just a snow patch over there a slope. People who climbed before 2015 have experienced it.
  9. Today many people like mountaineering, everyone wants to climb Mt. Everest, what should be the procedure according to you?
    Kuntal Joisher : First is you should stay physically fit, do a mountaineering course, go step by step like 4000, 5000, 5500 treks in Himalaya, experience high altitudes and then 8000, once the course is finished don’t stop try more, in snow, in ice, do at night, as i said build experience and then automatically there will be a call from inside that you are ready for the expedition to Mt. Everest.
  10. How you manage the finance for the summits?
    Kuntal Joisher: When I went in 2014, my employment sponsered me, I worked in the company for 14-15 years, they saw my journey they said they will sponser me. In my second attempt i did crowd funding online and offline some gave 500, some 5000, some 50000 and some anonymous people gave 300000, they said, they can’t go but they can through me. And in 2016 i said i did everything now i took all the savings from ly career, took some loan from my brother, also i took loan from the companies of mountaineering in Nepal. So if u want to summit to Mt. Everest you have to be ready for the finance planning, its important.
  11. What are some protein rich vegan dishes?
    Kuntal Joisher: Tofu, its one of my favourite, its like paneer in vegan form, wheat gluten, and in tegular basis dal, nuts and all.
  12. What was the best moment of your life?
    Kuntal Joisher: There are 2, one when i was on the top of the world and second when my daughter cale into my life, most precious ones.

Kuntal Joisher has always be passionate, determined and extremely hadworking towards his goals. From this interview we have much more to learn.

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Interview

Amit Diwan who made us think over and over again!

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Amit Diwan who is the founder of Youtube Channel AMIT THINKS and STUDYOPEDIA shared with us insane number of views and response he gets from his followers and We were shocked! We also were very curious to know how he grew it, what was his motivation and lots of other things related to his journey.

Now you are also curious to know everything about him, and his journey and we know that! Here is the Exclusive Interview with Amit Diwan!

1) Sir, my very first question from you will be to tell us about your journey till here, as you started your journey from a young age and reached a great height till here. Tell us something about it. When and how did you start your career ?

I did MCA in Delhi. In the final year, at the age of 22, I was more focused on getting freelancing work, than getting a job. Finally, I got my first freelancing gig, where I worked on a Python programming project.
After completing my MCA, I got placed at Accenture. The joining was postponed by three months. Meanwhile, while working on my freelancing projects and waiting to join Accenture, I landed a job at IIT, Delhi. I decided to quit accepting an offer from Accenture as a Software Engineer to focus on the job and freelancing gigs, with the aim of starting my own IT company one day.

2) When did you first discover your entrepreneurial spirit and How is your
entrepreneurial career developing so far?

Even before starting the company, I was able to make a name for myself as a freelancer, with top e-learning websites as clients. At the age of 23, my freelancing clients included India’s and Australia’s top E-Learning websites, Tutorialspoint and Sitepoint, respectively.
I have till now worked on, created, and published Text and Video Tutorials in 30+ technologies, including programming languages, databases, CMS, etc. Till now, I have written/published more than 70k articles, posts, codes, blogs, and videos on e-learning for students, engineers, and professionals. These posts/blogs/videos have received millions of views.
After getting experience from all these reputed government offices and private companies through full-time jobs and freelancing, including, IIT Delhi, IASRI, University of Delhi, and C# Corner, I decided to begin my own work as an entrepreneur. I launched my own startup, studyopedia.com and the Amit Thinks YouTube Channel. Programming and web development courses are provided on my channel and website.

My entrepreneurial career is going well, with the website Studyopedia and a Tech YouTube Channel Amit Thinks reaching greater heights.
The videos have gotten more than 23 million (2.3 crore) views on YouTube (as of November 2022). The monthly views have crossed 1.5 million. More than 866k Unique Viewers visit the YouTube Channel every month. The total number of impressions is 118 million. The Watch Time have reached 804k hours i.e. around 5 crore minutes. We have also surpassed the official YouTube Channel of GeeksforGeeks in terms of monthly views.

We are now providing a Certificate of Completion for any course completed on our website. Students need to pay a minimal amount to get a certificate. This brings us to a paid model.

3) What inspired you to develop your idea?

The Global E-Learning Market will reach $457.8 billion by 2026. This proves that the EdTech revolution is not a temporary adjustment but a permanent solution. I thought that this revolution would also see educational YouTube channels and websites joining the EdTech ecosystem. Also, every person has some knowledge that he or she can share. Sharing is caring, and this one quote helped me a lot in providing free notes and videos for students, engineers, and professionals.

4) How did you come up with the idea for an E-learning website called
studyopedia.com and YouTube Channel Amit Thinks, how did it all start?


I wanted to include both text tutorials and video courses for the same programming languages and web development technologies. Therefore, I decided to add the notes, i.e., the text tutorials, on the website Studyopedia and the videos for free on my Tech YouTube Channel Amit Thinks.

5) Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently when you were first starting out?

I should have started the Entrepreneur journey before.

6) There are many skills or practices that are important for entrepreneurial success.
What are the qualities of a good entrepreneur?

I consider perseverance and patience to be the two key skills needed to achieve success in any field. The ability to take quick decisions and people management also contribute to success.

7) How do you define success?

Success is to never give up in life, whatever happens.

8) What have been the biggest success and biggest failure stories you went through?

I would rather consider telling my own success and failure stories, beginning with the latter for obvious reasons.
Failure:
I developed an Android app, Learnofy, for kids facing difficulty learning, but the app was discontinued the same year itself.

Success:
We have received a lot of views, watch time, and engagements from a global audience in the last 2 years. Not even college students, but experienced IT Professionals trust us and request video tutorials on our platform. The support of our unique viewers, which are over 800k each month, has helped in achieving this milestone in such a short period of time.

9) In your opinion, what are the hurdles that keep people away from starting an entrepreneurial career?

Funds and manpower management. If you know how to crack people management, you can begin the entrepreneurial journey with less funds.

10) What have you enjoyed most about starting your own company?

To take decisions on my own. A lot of times, the hurdle related to funds and competition came in between, but I never gave up.

11) Lastly, What advice would you give to someone who is trying to become an
entrepreneur?

Never give up! Have patience! Keep Learning!

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Interview

Sanyam Sharma : The OG Sharmaji ka Bada Beta

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Content producers have been essential to the evolution of Indian humour ever since the creative age began. There are selective few creators out there that have mastered the alchemy of this community and produce unadulterated material. Few makers are mastering the charm of this community and providing the audience with the most unadulterated stuff. One of them is Sanyam Sharma, better known by his famous name “Sharma Ji ka Badda Beta,” who transforms the essence of real-life events into comedic moments. His outrageous and grandiose comedy content has consistently left audience in splits due to the high number of engagements. Watching his outrageous and spectacular comedy content has been a blast. He has come a long way in compelling comedy. Let us hear from the man himself.

When did you start generating content as a career?

Sanyam Sharma: In March 2020, I first started producing content. Sadly, the first video I made, which was about the Zomato guy, didn’t turn out as I imagined. I then began producing content in lockdown for three months, but I failed to reach the target engagement levels. Later, I created a haphazard video with the title “Crush Kaise pataye? ” and it gained a lot of followers nd ended up going viral! This gave my career something of a speed boost. That’s how I got my career boost.

What was your breakthrough moment when you realized you had a content creation aspect to your life?

Sanyam Sharma: When my reels went viral in June 2022, I had no idea what was happening and I had no idea if it would bring in money or not. I was unaware about what brand deals were, let alone anything else pertaining to content development. Unexpectedly, Hypp Agency called me one day and said they wanted to manage my account when I was still unaware of these things. Later, brand agreements began, and I gained popularity among both artists and viewers. I was clueless about what was happening as time went on I got the hold of everything.

3) What is the story behind the name ‘Sharmajikabaddabeta’?

Sanyam Sharma: My father’s friend used to refer to me as “Sharmajikabaddabeta.” I am the actual bada beta of Sharma Ji, so this is a story and the inspiration behind “Sharmajikabaddabeta.” Many people would ask my father, “What does your bada beta do?,” but the truth was that “bada beta” was doing nothing noteworthy until now, when we can describe it in a humorous filmy way, “Sharmaji ka bada beta brand ban Gaya hai.”

4) How did those in your immediate vicinity respond when you first started creating content?

Sanyam Sharma: It is considered that you are doing nothing if you are a content creator. Eventually, everyone around you will begin to think that way, but only the creator is aware of their specific actions. Initially, there were no responses from individuals around me, but now they watch my videos and recommend them to others they think can relate!

5) What other passion do you have outside creating content that you would love to pursue?

Sanyam Sharma: Writing poems and short stories is my passion. I worked in theatre for five years as an actor before switching to content creation. I enjoy actively organising seminars in my leisure time, along with reading some Hindi literature.

6) What difficulties did you encounter on your journey?

Sanyam Sharma: If this statement is accurate, there were no substantial problems that come to mind; rather, I had the most difficulty figuring out how to beat the algorithm!

7) We’ve discovered that you enjoy travelling as well. What destinations are the most intriguing that you could visit at any time?

Sanyam Sharma: Yes, I did started travelling a lot last year. I find content through acting as an observer. CONTENT IS STILL KING AT THE END OF THE DAY!
I would love to visit Kashmir again in the winter to witness the snowfall and breathtaking views of the valleys, lovely lakes, and natural scenery that inspires us to fall in love with the outdoors because, in my opinion, it is the most beautiful destination.

8) What characteristics do you possess that make your dad his favourite child?

Sanyam Sharma: They don’t believe I’m all that favourite according to him. If you grow up in a middle class home, everyone will finds you charm of the eye if you do well in school. I’m incredibly committed and determined, it’s the only thing that comes to mind.

9)Along with comedy, we have learned that you are also a poet. What inspired you to start writing your thoughts?

Every time I did theatre, we had to read literature, and at the end of the day, that’s the way we evolve as an artist.
By 2019, after finishing college, at noon, I used to write poems. Vinod Kumar Shukla, Nirmal Verma, Premchand I was fond of all of them. I read them and through these different windows of thought I got the perspectives to write and since then I started penning down my thoughts in the form of poetry.

10) How did you come up with “Single Launda Samiti” and why?

Sanyam Sharma: The first episode of “Single Launda Samiti” aired in 2019. The desire for singles to express themselves through brand new content was the idea. I just made a couple reels about it with that in mind, and people started to connect with it and like it. That is how it began!

11) What final message would you like to convey to your supporters and well-wishers?

Sanyam Sharma: If you want to create content, all you need to do is be conscious of your surroundings, keep an eye on everything, and watch. You need also be coherent, take care of yourself, and be appreciative. “BE GOOD AND GOOD WILL COME.

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https://instagram.com/sharmajikabaddabeta?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

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