“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes
He was born in a middle-class family in a little-known town ‘Ganganagar.’ He studied in a government school but was never interested in studies. His highest qualification is class XII. He grazed cattle, did odd jobs and was looked upon as a liability by his parents. His passion was to write political satire and one-liners on social media. Can you believe it that he is one of the six founders of the famous website “The Lallantop” having more than 57 lakh subscribers?
Ashutosh confesses that he did not make any notes in school. His handwriting was so bad that when he wrote, both God and he could read, but later only God knew what was written. He was fond of writing jokes and parodies. His teachers used to be amused but would slap him, asking him to focus on studies. He never failed in any class and finally cleared the Class XII board exam.
There was neither any College in his village nor any guidance available about which course to pursue. He applied for admission to BA in Christian College Lucknow and was selected. Ashutosh was disappointed as it was a boy’s College. However, he thought the absence of girls would allow him to focus on studies. However, destiny had willed otherwise. He failed miserably not once, or twice but three times in a row. It was then he concluded that higher education was not his cup of tea. He left College and took up the job of a computer operator. He had to work in night shifts which adversely affected his health. He left the job and came back to his village.
In 2011 he got married when he was just 22 years old. His family members constantly kept pressurizing him to look for a job and start earning. He moved to a friend’s house in Delhi and began the job hunt. He got the job of a salesman in a shop selling belts, but quit in just one day. He returned to his village and again resumed grazing cattle and wasting time.
His parents opened a mobile repairing shop in the village for him, but he could not manage it, as in his own words, “he did not have marketing skills” As there were hardly any customers in the shop, Ashutosh had all the free time. He used it to post one-liners and political satire on Facebook. That being 2014 –the election year, he gained many followers on social media. He got many ‘likes’ but no money, which was the need of the hour.
As he a daughter by then, the pressure to find a job was mounting. He posted on Facebook that he was in need of a job. One of his Facebook friends responded and asked to join his factory in Varanasi. After he had worked there for ten months, Ashutosh got a message from his friend about a job opportunity in Delhi. As he was contemplating about it, he got a call from another Facebook friend, telling him that he had come to Delhi in response to the same message. He was full of praise for it and urged Ashutosh to come to Delhi soon.
This was a turning point in his life. He met Saurabh Dwivedi in Noida and was mighty impressed. He found him highly energetic and positive. They decided to collaborate as a team of six people who founded ‘The Lallantop’ website. It is a news website with a difference, which uploads news, views, and opinions informally and excitingly in Hindi. Its views and subscribers are increasing by leaps and bounds.
I want to reiterate that it is not advisable, not to take an interest in studies and keep wasting time on social media and others.