For the love of hustle & reading: Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Cleartrip boss rewind to the days of comic books
Recently, an offshoot of a Twitter thread took some entrepreneurs down memory lane, back to the simple joys of reading a comic book.
Recently, an offshoot of a Twitter thread on spending vs. investing got founders reminiscing about their pocket money in the 1980s and how they would set aside a little portion to indulge their passion for comic books.
Used to get 3 Diamond Comics in summer vacations, of which 2 were Chacha Chaudhary :) https://t.co/JFoc1DRKLU— pj (@BeingPractical) 1579662958000
Even Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma chimed in with how he used to rent three comic books a day for Rs. 1, while Cleartrip co-founder Hrush Bhatt attributed his ICSE score to his love for reading comics.
I use to rent a comic for a day for 50paisa & 3 for ₹1/- . Got enough money to buy a comics after I passed 12th cla… https://t.co/LgnWSFfOYo— Vijay Shekhar (@vijayshekhar) 1579663688000
I attribute my ICSE score to my love of reading comics. So began my lifelong belief that grades don’t matter to out… https://t.co/XLlNhFWA8R— Hrush Bhatt (@hrushb) 1579779876000
For some of these founders, it was their love for reading comics that taught them to think outside the box at a relatively young age.
Kunal Shah, founder of FreeCharge and CRED, said he would often read comics while standing at the book rental stall because he read more comics in a day than he could afford to rent.
I rented comic for 1 rupees during vacations but read more than I could afford. So read a few of them while standin… https://t.co/eWxToO6DPj— Kunal Shah (@kunalb11) 1579687148000
A few other entrepreneurs and Twitter users shared their hacks for reading more comic books than they could afford.
My dad struck a deal with a local library in Mumbai. I could borrow as many comics as i liked for 5 rs, but had to… https://t.co/CFTzAg5UGi— raja ganapathy (@ganraja) 1579765188000
There would be no @TeamPratilipi if there was no Raj Comics and Diamond comics. Couldn't afford renting as much a… https://t.co/m4kjrMjwiE— Ranjeet Pratap Singh (@ThEbmr) 1579766434000
@baxiabhishek @vijayshekhar We struck deal to read comics at shop itself for 35 paisa each, and one brother was mad… https://t.co/iGFDYkmGfD— SANJAY GOEL (@SNJYGL) 1579766790000