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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Aspirations of an average man

This week’s winner, Pranav Prashar says, “Make your life count”



A student of class 8 at Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg, Pranav Prashar, is a talented learner who strongly believes in striking the best opportunities at the right time. In his view, being oneself and doing what persuades them the most is the greatest achievement. And so, he advises others to not stay limited to a job, place or role. He looks up to his father, Mr. Prateek Prashar for his spirit for learning and evolving. Read on, as Pranav shares more about himself.  

Please tell us about your interests and hobbies.  

I am a classical singer. I also like to play the guitar, and I have been at it for about 6 years. In the field of academics, subjects like Physics, Mathematics and Social Sciences pique my interest.

Are you an avid reader? If yes, your favourite authors?

Yes, J.K. Rowling is inspirational. I love the Harry Potter series authored by her. I am currently reading ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’.

The last book you read?

I read ‘The Magic of the Lost Temple’ by author Sudha Murty. The book taught me that one must be adventurous in life. There are certain things in life which one cannot achieve by just sitting in one place. So, to explore one’s surroundings is a constant need.

What was the inspiration for your write-up: Aspirations of an average man?

Before putting together this piece, I was trying to seek some ideas for a long time. I kept pondering on the same. Then, once it just struck me to understand what an average man feels, and I started penning it down. I kept on polishing my draft over 3-4 days.  

There is much emphasis on the word, ‘nobody’ in your piece. Do you think that this word summarises the reality of modern lives?

Yes. I think that only a few in our society reach the stage of recognition. So, unless someone makes a name for themselves, they remain a ‘nobody’ in the eyes of people. I believe that as human beings we should be driven to do something for the greater good. In the process, we will get the desired acknowledgement and will be remembered for generations to come. After spending about 60-70 years on Earth, if you happen to remain a ‘nobody’, then really what’s the point? In this life, we should make every day count.  

Food for thought for others?

Never think that you must become like someone else. Be what you want to be. Remember, even if you become the most successful person, there will always be someone above you.  

Any writing tips for fellow students?

Write with your heart.

Your ambition?

I wish to become a pilot. I have developed a passion for flying and aircrafts. 

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