CHICKPET is known the business hub of Bangalore City with more than 1000 shops in the locality. This place is always crowed as people throng to buy clothes, furniture, toys etc. at a wholesale price.
Yesterday, I had been there as part of my educational research to talk to few shop keepers to understand how they do business and what education has to do to them with regards to their business. During my interaction with many shop keepers in Chickpet, I found that, most of them were from Rajasthan. One more interesting thing that I found was that most of them were in their teenage ( 18, 19, 20, 21 ).
Out of all, meeting a young 10th std dropout who runs a clothes shop was very interesting. His name is Bramhadev from Rajasthan. I thought of sharing few our discussions here. As I went into the crowded shop as a customer, he greeted me with a great smile calling “Anna banni, en bekithu”. (Meaning: Brother, what do you want) (The conversation was in Kannada. I have translated it below)
Myself : I wanted to check for some nice shirt and pant piece.
Bramhadev: Tell me sir, what is the range you are looking at ?
Myself : You first show me all the clothes, let me choose out of those.
Bramhadev: Sure sir and started showing me all his collections. (Meanwhile during the selection time, I thought of asking him few questions, which was my only intention)
Myself : How did you learn Kannada ?
Bramhadev: Sir, obviously by talking to people.
Myself : But, your Kannada is very fluent !
Bramhadev: Sir, initially, I found it difficult, but, when I continued speaking to customers, I learnt it on the fly. Now, I speak better than Bangalore Kanndigas. ( Laughing loud )
Myself : Superb. When did you start this business ?
Bramhadev: Its almost 10 years now. I started it when I failed in my 10th. My uncle got me into this business.
Myself : How many languages can you speak ?
Brahmadev: I can speak, Hindi, English, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam (To an extent).
Myself : Oh my God ! How did you learn so many ?
Brahmadev: I told you sir, Customers taught me (Laughs again)
Myself : Sorry to ask you, but still out of curiosity, I just wanted to know what would be your monthly turnover ?
Brahmadev: Ummmm, it depends on the festival season. Normally, the turnover would be around 8 – 9 lakhs per month, and during festivals it will shoot up to 15 lakhs. Profit upto Rs. 4 lakh per month.
Myself : What ? Oh my God ! That’s a super number ! Great man !
Brahmadev: What great sir ? In Chickpet, this is very very less. Others make double than what I do.
Myself : Didn’t you feel like completing your education by studying further ?
Brahmadev: Sir, to be honest, none of our family members completed education. To complete my education it might take another 5 – 6 years which I feel is a big waste of time and money. I invested both in my business. Today, I will challenge none of the educated person with 10 years experience will earn as much as I do. What do you say sir ?
Myself : Hmmm….Yes. True. But still education would have helped you grow more than what you are earning today.
Brahmadev: Seriously No sir. Education would give us fear and make us feel that, one has to work under someone to earn their livelihood. Education does not teach us to live independently. I also have many friends who studied along with me and completed graduation. None are into business. Almost all are working in some private firm.
Myself : Hmmmm….So you don’t regret completing education ?
Bramhadev: Definitley No sir. I am very happy. (In between our conversation, another customer had purchased around 20 pairs of shirt and pant, and few sarees. Without using a calculator Bramhadev calculated the total cost of the purchase and told the customer the total cost including 10% discount in just 15 – 20 seconds. )
Myself : Boss, you don’t even use calculator ?
Bramhadev: Sir, educated people need calculator and mobile phones to calculate. Not me ( Laughs aloud ).
Myself : Started smiling and put my head down (because I was using calculator to calculate the cost of my purchase. LOL.)
Bramhadev: I continuously practiced calculating. I am doing this since 10 years and I have become perfect. I am sure, I will never err in my calculation. After this, I made a purchase and the next whole day, I was thinking about our conversation again and again.
I would like to infer what I learnt.
- Without higher education, Bramhadev is not jobless. Where as our today’s graduates with distinction are still in search of a job.
- Without higher education, Bramhadev has good communication skills. But, today’s corporate world complains about our graduates for having no communication skills.
- Without higher education, Bramhadev earns in lakhs, where as our current generation graduates complains of not having enough salary to pay their EMIs.
- Without higher education, Bramhadev’s mathematical mind works faster than today’s graduates who has cleared different levels of mathematics papers with high scores. Today’s graduates needs Mobile Phones to perform simple calculation.
- Without higher education, Bramhadev has no fear of losing his job, but today’s graduate employees are always fear of getting fired from the company they are working in.
Now, my question in mind is
“HOW DOES HIGHER EDUCATION HELP ONESELF ? DOES STUDYING MORE BRINGS MORE FEAR IN AN INDIVIDUAL ??