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India Today - - SIMPLY BANGALORE - Ayesha Aleem

Varun Agar­wal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one rea­son. He is not only the co­founder of Alma Mater, which is a mil­lion dol­lar ven­ture, but he has also just pub­lished his de­but novel How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co­Founded A Mil­lion Dol­lar Com­pany. Alma Mater is an on­line store that sells T- shirts and ac­ces­sories of var­i­ous premier schools and col­leges in In­dia.

Com­menc­ing his on­line ven­ture in 2009, what had started as an idea, with a trial run in his for­mer school in Ban­ga­lore has since ex­panded to over 500 schools and col­leges not only in In­dia but across the world.

The book is the young en­tre­pre­neur’s story in which the re­luc­tant engi­neer­ing grad­u­ate chron­i­cles his jour­ney to suc­cess. Varun says he fin­ished the man­u­script in eight days while re­cov­er­ing from a brief ill­ness which kept him at home, and gave him the time to fast track the writ­ing process.

The book is a breezy work of non­fic­tion meant to in­spire young peo­ple to fol­low their hearts rather than suc­cumb to fa­mil­ial and so­ci­etal ex­pec­ta­tions.

Re­leased re­cently by Rupa Pub­li­ca­tions, the book which was launched with a mod­est num­ber of printed copies has al­ready gone into re­print. ( Varun Agar­wal is an engi­neer­ing grad­u­ate. He didn’t want to get a con­ven­tional cor­po­rate job and had to fight sev­eral odds be­fore set­ting up his own com­pany. His per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences in­spire his de­but book).

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