Josh Talks – Narrating Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People

Josh is an Urdu term which means zeal, enthusiasm or passion. How many of us do what we do with passion? Or how many of us dare to follow our passion? This is the question Shobhit Banga had in his mind every time he interacted with his peers while he was in college. He felt that many students didn’t love what they did, many of them had not found what they loved or something they felt about strongly.

There’s a saying that you attract what you think, that’s what probably happened with Shobhit. He met Supriya Paul, a student from Sri Venkateshwara College, at a party and it was when a casual chat turned into a conversation, which made both of them realise that they share similar views about students these days.

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Shobhit left regular schooling at the age of 15 and moved to Bangalore with an aim to become a world-class cyclist. He lived in a servant quarter of a government official, had a part time job, studied hard and trained for his cycling dream. At the age of 16, he became the youngest individual to qualify for the most prestigious cycling event in the world. But, due to some problems he had to move back to Delhi. On the other hand, Supriya was pursuing a degree in B.Com Honours and going to take up CA like most of her classmates. However, she decided to give up the idea of doing CA and instead act upon her idea of motivating youngsters.

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After several months of planning, brainstorming and hard work, ‘JoshTalks’ was founded in 2014 and first talk event was held at Air Force Auditorium in Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. It is a platform to showcase most inspiring stories of India. It is where people from various walks of life come forward to share a part of their journey. Talks are held mostly for people who fall in the age bracket of 16 – 30, who are looking for inspiration or a push in their passion’s direction. Stories range from various backgrounds like stories of entrepreneurs, victims of domestic violence, athletes, ordinary people who went on to become famous actors and so on. Famous personalities like Boman Irani, Ankur Warikoo, Papa CJ, Miss Malini, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi have also given talks for Josh team.

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Shobhit and Supriya are of the belief that, passion can motivate people to change the world. They want more people to get inspired and follow their heart to become what they feel is their true calling. They are narrating stories, are you working to make your story interesting or inspiring enough?

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