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Posted at: Apr 16, 2017, 12:08 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2017, 1:12 AM (IST)

Beginners rebooted

Sanjeev Singh Bariana in Chandigarh
Life is not a straight line, if you’d like. The best that can happen is when you dare to bend the line — with mind & heart working together. You win some, lose some , but that’s how life is. The Tribune profiles individuals who began with this degree or that, but changed the course midway — for a happier life
Beginners rebooted
A listener drives on

Ashish Solra has been a good conversationalist — organizing events, helping companies in meeting their business targets. Sometime back, he decided to be a good listener too. Cab driving came in as an option. So, if you happen to hop in his car, he would engage you in a conversation with a language that you might choose: Hindi, English, Punjabi or Hinglish. 

“I’ve been a driver for eight months,” he says with a smile. “I worked as a senior manager with an event management company for more than seven years since 2009. The work pressure was too much. Even when I was home, I was busy talking to my colleagues about the day’s progress.” His work was to organize events and then follow them up with an equally serious closure reports. “There was no definite work routine. I finally quit in September last year.”

The quitting came with a revelation. He overheard his sons talking. “The younger one asked his seven-year-old brother if they would never go to Elante Mall where all their friends have fun”. The elder one was to the point: “Daddy comes home when we are sleeping. And even if we are up, he is busy talking over the phone,” Solra recalls what he heard. That was the day Solra thought his job was more than enough for him to handle.

“My family supported me. Drivers of Uber and Ola cabs that I used when I worked with the event management company told me interesting stories on how they were doing well independently. So, I decided on my new journey,” he said.

He doesn’t make much money. “The world is important but so is family. I have decided to spend a few years with my growing up kids. They need me. I can also afford time to be with my aging parents. They, too, need me now. As far as job is concerned, I have age on my side and I am sure I can choose a career or start my own venture.”

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