Inspiring Tales of Achieving Impossible Dreams
Author Nishant Jain (IAS) inspired the audience in Meerut as he spoke about his journey and his book Ruk Jaana Nahin during the Kalam session at the Crystal Palace. Jain, who was in conversation with professor Navin Chandra Lohani, said that his book was about people who paved new ways, people who will motivate others to keep moving forward to achieve their dreams. Jain himself is one such person who dreamed big and fought hard to achieve that dream. A Hindi-medium student, he was a topper among the Hindi-medium UPSC examinees and secured the 13th rank all over India. He spoke about how his book captures his journey of being a student in Meerut College, doing a parttime job, studying in Delhi University, working a full-time job and studying for Civil Services Examinations. He also said that his book is about other people like him and for people who are grappling with similar situations. He shared that Ruk Jaana Nahin also holds up the untold stories of 26 people who successfully cleared their Civil Service Exams, despite odds. One of the stories he shared with the audience was about Ilma Afroz, the daughter of a farmer from Moradabad and the challenges she faced. She lost her father at a young age and despite coming from an environment that did not encourage education she trained to become an IAS officer. He said that stories like Ilma will inspire many young people. During the session, students in the audience asked him how he managed to take time out from his studies for part-time jobs. Jain responded that time management was the key to success and that if one did that, they would stand out in the crowd. He urged students to follow their passion, saying that if their interest lay in writing, they should write rather than wasting time on something else. One mantra that he told the audience to always remember — the ones who stay happy keep others happy too.