I don’t know where I am going but I am going but I am on my way. – Carl Jung
Hello, I am glad you are here!
I am Vikash and I call myself an experiential educator, a fitness enthusiast and now a budding social entrepreneur. I wasn’t born these things. As a matter of fact, eight years ago, I was sitting in an office cubicle punching the keys of my computer and before I knew it, three years had passed. I was in a well-paying but a monotonous job. I could see myself climbing the corporate ladder and nothing more.
In the urge of doing something different yet impactful, I took what I like to call a “conventional risk.” Leaving my 10:00 am to 7:00 pm job, I moved to the great Indian capital- New Delhi. For what? To prepare for the civil services examination. Yes, I was paying my tributes to my motherland. Another three years passed as I crammed and appeared for two UPSC interviews.
Everything was still so elusive. I was overweight and I was frustrated. My career was going nowhere. In an attempt to get over the examination failures, I began to travel. To take a break from hectic study schedules, I began to run. Maybe I was running away? When I got bored of running, I began to cycle.
Little did I know that while preparing to join India’s most sought after and cushioned career force, I was giving fuel to my passion. In 2017, I cycled 1,500 km from Manali to Jammu, via Leh, crossing the highest motorable road on earth- the Khardung la. While I had a lot of fun, I also raised 100, 000 INR to establish a play-school for economically poor children in Delhi. This cycling/mountain biking journey changed me forever. I discovered a new side of me and this led to the establishment of my first company- Outdoors for Learning and Development (OLnD)- an experiential education provider.
Now I live in Ladakh, working for OLnD, trying to start my second company, writing, taking photographs and sharing my experiences with you.