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).