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In today’s podcast, Rajan travels to India to meet Amararam Gurjar.  Part of the modern face of Indian diplomacy, his personal story reads as a bestselling novel.  Born in the remote villages of Rajasthan, India, he walked 5km everyday across the desert barefoot in 50-degree heat to sit and study beneath a tree with 90 other students and 1 teacher. From the remote corners of a community that was often overlooked, he decided to change his fate and through sheer determination, found his way working small jobs to fund his way through secondary school and beyond.

With the regular risk of sulphur poisoning and nepotism destroying his chances of work, through to studying 17 hours a day for 50 days to sit an exam that would change his life, Amararam’s story is not only a living tapestry of what is possible, but also that the Indian dream does exist.

Their conversation is a whirlwind of twists and turns that you could not make up! A truly inspirational listen. A special thanks to our guest Amararam for sharing his awesome journey.

What are your thoughts on today’s podcast? How far has ambition and determination got you? What were your obstacles? Share your comments below.

About Amararam Gurjar:

Manan Pandya aka Taizu, is an Indian American rapper in the USA. His work has been award-winning and his music deals with a range of issues including identity and modern-day trials and tribulations.

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For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable global community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

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We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode details:

Episode: 47
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Amararam Gurjar
Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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