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Apoorve Dubey's Inspirational Story

by Apoorve Dubey

Apoorve from www.theflightofambition.com shares his inspirational story of how he became a writer, of what he thinks about happiness, and what he believes his mission in life is.

You'll find inspirational quotes about life, a great list of self help and spiritual books, and an insight into a man 'on a mission'...

1) Tell us a bit about yourself

I am Apoorve Dubey the author of 'The Flight of Ambition,' I work with Symantec Software Ltd. I received my master's degree from the department of computer science and engg, IIT Madras.

I work as a volunteer for organizations like Akshar Bharti and Kalinga Kusum. The aim of these organizations is to take quality education to underpriveleged masses. I believe your life is a gift that is unveiled when you expand it by touching the lives of others. I am also passionate about cricket.

To be honest, I am a writer by accident. All this would never have been possible, had it not been for a particular morning. It was one of those casual mornings when I woke up late as usual. During our hostel days, the alarm in my mobile woke up the neighbors in my wing but not me. I was a sleepaholic. I rebuked myself once again for waking up late. It was a practice I religiously followed. After that I rushed to cafeteria for having a brunch.

It was there that I met my friend who took me to a house in Velachery near our campus.

This house was full of children. Most of the kids were between 2 and 14. There were close to 20 kids and a couple in that small house. Most of the kids were playing; some of them studying and others kept staring at us. Some of the children wore torn clothes. The kids addressed the couple as amma and appa.

My mind was reeling. I kept wondering why the couple has so many children when they cannot take proper care of the kids. It was at that moment my friend revealed that apart from 2 kids, all others had been adopted. Yes, the other kids were orphans.

It was a shocking revelation that this house was an orphanage. But, it was a very different orphanage to what I expected. The couple themselves had two children but that did not stop them from adopting other kids. They lived like a happy family.

Muthukumar and Kala loved each kid as their own.

The visit to that special house left an indelible impression on my mind. I was touched by the selfless living of Muthukumar and Kala. That inspired me to write, 'The Flight of Ambition.' I was determined to make a contribution in the lives of people around me. That is how I ended up being a writer. And I plan to continue. Writing is a powerful medium: it opens the door to other people's lives; it helps you create a difference in their lives, too.

And so I aspire to build a training and development conglomerate that will shape the destiny of young people.

As far as my own reading goes, I prefer to read autobiographies,
management and inspirational-type kind of books. And some of my favorites include:

* Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong.
* Wings of Fire by Abdul Kalam.
* The books by Swami Vivekananda.
* Swami and friends by RK Narayan
* Pushing To The Front by Swet Marden.

2) Talk to us about happiness list

I believe happiness is a choice.

Never mind if you do not get what you desire
Be happy with what you have

Never mind if you do not get success
Be happy with the effort that you have made

Never mind what others suggest you
Be happy with what you can suggest to yourself

Never mind what people think about you
You are still what you are

Never mind when you are down
Be happy that you can always get up.

Happiness is a state of mind and not a state of possession. Be as you are and you will be happy, if you try to be someone else you will be miserable.

And the joy in my life?

My first book The Flight of Ambition has been released recently. I submitted the manuscript for publication considerations in 2007. The publication process took more than 2 years for getting published. But, I am happy that the book has been received quite well. The response so far has been overwhelming. The appreciation and feedback makes me feel that it has been worth waiting for the release.

3) Share a favourite inspirational quotation.

"If you don't have the courage to walk alone others will not have the courage to walk with you." -- Apoorve Dubey

Life is too short to hold back on what you love. If you do not follow your dreams, who will? One way or the other you must not be afraid to live your dreams. You are here to live a grand life. Yes, courage is to back yourself against all odds even when no one else does. A tiny bird trusts it ability to fly and it flies for thousands of miles at a stretch crossing the biggest oceans and keeps moving with faith in its wings. The bird keeps saying to its wings, "You mustn't be afraid to do what you are born to do."

4) Share a favourite website (not your own)

My favorite website is http://www.vivekananda.org.

It contains the quotes, letters and the complete works of Swami Vivekananda. The writings of Swami Vivekananda penetrate your being as if he is standing in front of you. I find this website elevating. It gives me strength and conviction to follow my dreams.

5) Tell us about your blog/website

My website (www.apoorvedubey.com / www.theflightofambition.com was created so that I could interact with the readers.

This is a website with inspiring videos, quotes, and articles. Also, this is a place where I plan to upload more articles and the latest developments in my life (should anyone be interested. lol).

The website is a medium to stay in touch with friends, readers and other people.

I am happy to say that I have been receiving encouraging feedback and hope it continues, as it it allows me to improve the website.

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Feb 07, 2014
about the book
by: prateek pandey

the flight of ambition is more funtastic

Mar 26, 2013
I tried to order you book...
by: Diane

I tried to order your book to be shipped to the US but I cannot - I'm inspired by your quotes & would love to hear your thoughts. Is there anywhere in the US that your book can be purchased? I Googled - but found nothing...

Aug 08, 2011
Truly Inspirational
by: neha wivedi

Thank you so much sir for inspiring really it motivates us very much.......thank you so much...........

Mar 02, 2011

Your book is very inspiring book but u are very sensitive personality. u smile is very good but u can't use it.

Jul 07, 2010
Good job!
by: Anonymous

Though it seems that you consider you didn't work as hard as you could, I think it's a fabulous job you have done

May 24, 2010
Simply Inspirational..
by: Anonymous

Great work ...

It helps us to motivate and boost ourselves not only towards our goal but also beyond that.

Thanks a lot.

Mar 21, 2010
You are deep...
by: sandi

Thank you for your story. It is refreshing to hear that people can find their purpose and it has nothing to do with "just making money". I believe the money will come maybe in the form of something paper, and then maybe in the form of something which is not intangible such as time.

I think it is helpful to contemplate ideas like money, success and it seems you have done this.

Congratulations on your book.

Mar 18, 2010
Sir, I like this...................
by: naresh rohra

It's a real inspiration for technical personalities...................

Jan 24, 2010
You are awesome!
by: Neha

Your personality and thoughts make you the best. The story is truly inspiring and I wish you all the best in everything you do.

Jan 22, 2010
Great Work Apporve
by: Amit Shrivastava

Hey Buddy..

Nice work...Keep it up...

Amit Shrivastava

Jan 14, 2010
Keep Up The Good Work !
by: Sunil Yadav

Good To See People Like You, Who Wants To Bring Positive Changes In Life Of Others. Your Efforts By NGOs And Inspirational Books Are Admirable.

Jan 13, 2010
Greatest inspirational talk I have ever read
by: Sanjay Kumar

Hi Apoorve,

A noble mission, a great career and immensely talented. You are an inspiration and hope you scale great heights. Touch the lives of people and spread happiness as much as you can. All the best. keep posting such talk.


Jan 12, 2010
by: Raghav

Great work dude and lovely quotes! Really awesome and inspiring. Keep the good stuff coming.

Jan 12, 2010
Great stuff, Apoorve
by: Steve

I love the quote about life being gift that is unveiled when you expand it by touching the lives of others. It's great that you think this way about life. I'm envious,too, of your known mission in life.

Look forward to hearing more about your journey over the years, Apoorve


PS Nice shades! ;-)

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