Juggling Studies as well as Hobby… Way more to Go!!!
Juggling Studies as well as Hobby: After passing grade 12 with 92.4%, I registered for CPT. It was decided earlier only that I’ll pursue CA because finance is something that I always loved.
I qualified CPT in my 1st attempt. I cleared Group 2 Earlier than Group 1 but it was quite difficult and laborious for me to clear Group 1. It took me 3 more attempts to clear Group 1 thus delaying my Articleship by 1.5 years. Most of my friends had completed half of their Articleship when I started mine but I never compared myself with others.
I personally feel, if you are pursuing CA, you should be hardworking, patient and very proactive. And most of all you should have guts to see your failure and overcome your failures.
Now lets come to the part of How I Started My Sketching – I was in CA – IPCC and my CA classes were scheduled from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Due to this hectic schedule, I once started sketching randomly in class. I felt so good drawing random sketches, it acted like a stress buster. I posted one of my sketch on FB and the response I got was encouraging.
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From the the very beginning, it was quite tough to manage my studies and sketching. Initially, I used to draw majorly in the 2 month period of IPCC Exams and results. Studies were, are, will always be my PRIORITY. Post IPCC, I registered for my Articleship training with a mid size firm in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Now the time I spent sketching reduced as I had to manage my Articleship, CA Final coaching and sketching.
If you genuinely have good skills and talent, the best way to spread your work is social media. I created my Facebook page Ash_creative space in July’15. I got a bunch of good audience who responded positively and gave me a good start. Overtime I refined my skills by watching tutorial videos and practiced again and again. At present more than 6900 people follow me on FB and my biggest unexpected break was in July’16, when my pencil work of Virat Kohli (work name – Evolution of ViratKohli (Kid,Teen and The Beast) went viral all over social media. All renowned FB pages like – Laughing Colors, Cricket Addictor, Being Indian, CricTraker shared my artwork many times. I also got appreciations from celebrities too. Till now, I got Replies and Appreciations from Disha Patani, Shirley Setia, Reteish Deshmukh, Neha Kakkar etc.
I also got an opportunity to exhibit my artworks at CA Students National Conclave held at Agra in Jan 2017 where I got an amazing response from our CA Students and also gifted a sketch to CA Amarjit Chopra, Past President ICAI.
I had Recently Exhibited My Artworks In Jan 2018 at Midnight Bazar at Kothi Meena Bazaar, Agra with all due Support of CA Rohit Dua Sir, My Parents, Seniors & Colleagues.
My advice to others is – Listen to your instincts! Do not lose any opportunity, just GRAB IT. You never know what God is planning for you and always give your best in everything whether it’s studies or just a hobby.
I always believe – The Best Things Happen To You Unexpectedly, It Depends On You, How You Respond To It!!!
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– ASHISH JAIN
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Juggling Studies as well as Hobby