(After reading the entire article, please answer the question asked at the end of the article).

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, furnitures, toys etc. at a wholesale price.

Yesterday, I (Subhash.K.U) 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)

Subhash: I wanted to check for some nice shirt and pant piece.

Bramhadev: Tell me sir, what is the range you are looking at ?

Subhash: 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)

Subhash: How did you learn Kannada ?

Bramhadev: Sir, obviously by talking to people.

Subhash: 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 )

Subhash: 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.

Subhash: How many languages can you speak ?

Brahmadev: I can speak, Hindi, English, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam(To an extent).

Subhash: Oh my God ! How did you learn so many ?

Brahmadev: I told you sir, Customers taught me (Laughs again)

Subhash: 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.

Subhash: What ? Oh my God ! Thats a super number ! Great man !

Brahmadev: What great sir ? In Chickpet, this is very very less. Others make double than what I do.

Subhash: 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 ?

Subhash: 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.

Subhash: 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. )

Subhash: Boss, you don’t even use calculator ?

Bramhadev: Sir, educated people need calculator and mobile phones to calculate. Not me ( Laughs aloud ).

Subhash: 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.

1. Without higher education, Bramhadev is not jobless. Where as our today’s graduates with distinction are still in search of a job.

2. Without higher education, Bramhadev has good communication skills. But, today’s corporate world complains about our graduates for having no communication skills.

3. Without higher education, Bramhadev earns in lakhs, where as our current generation graduates complains of not having enough salary to pay their EMIs.

4. 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.

5. 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.


Please comment your thoughts below !



Subhash.K.U, Principal Mentor, Subhash Programming Classes, Bangalore.




6 Response Comments

  • Harsha A  December 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    That was really thought provoking. !! I would say that rather than studying, we must gain knowledge which will actually help us in life.
    As in case of Brahmadev, he has knowledge of what he does, in the same way we as engineers must gain knowledge from what we study rather than just the textual information, which in turn makes you confident in yourself.

  • ARJUN  December 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Higher education will not give job. It shows the way to get job. we need to think out of boundry(work), that will help ourself and organisation side also. Brahmadev has confident that he can do it beacuse of his work experience. His working experience is the plus to speak plenty of languages, not fear about job loss, mathematical calculation. …..what I am saying is, we should know what we are doing, what should we do , what will affect if we do like this. our day to day life will not help to become strong in our knowledge. so think different to get different output.. This will be fail in starting, but this experience will teach you manything and finally you will succeed.

  • Sri  December 25, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Of-course education is not needed to live in this world. Without education one could manage to earn more than a experienced corporate people. But only he will grow.
    But right education makes the individual to gain the power to build a set of people like him, like what Shubash sir is doing. All are capable in this world to do anything, but a proper tune and motivation is needed. Hence the right Guru is most important. Hence the education plays more crucial. And higher education makes oneself more confident to set goals in mature way. Education means not just adding degrees to oneself, it should use to build one more well educate…. Lets Share Knowledge To Build Nation!

  • Chennareddy  January 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Practical view is doing engineering is easier than opening a cloth shop(lol), so ppl are behind the degree, thing is system is not good we studied four years of engineering, still we need to do C and Java course in subhash programming class , if college is like coaching class no will be jobless .and in business so much of risk ,brahmadev had his uncle’s shop and he is from Rajasthan as they are well known for business.. But not in everyone’s case ppl ask when your looking for bride or groom what your son/ daughter is doing, as parent it is proud to say he/ she is an Engineer, so students are forced to do higher education. So thing is education doesn’t help everyone who are good at it only can survive, same also in business.. So finally quality of education can help the ppl not the simple vtu degree ..

  • Madhusudhan G Revankar  February 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Good post. We study or work for our owns satisfaction. He has become master by Studying marketing and selling skills on his own with proper attention. In today’s world due to lack of proper guidance and skill sets many ppl fall in following the same what others do of their ages. Going To foriegn countries for Higher education has become common to pursue and earn handsome money. some people like dieyingly passionate to study more about subject matters than money and this makes them more valuable In market.

  • Ashish Srivastava  September 1, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Yup! Education is not for getting good job or making money. Education is just to make ourselves civilized. People can earn millions without getting educated, but can start respecting others if they are well civilized. This thing I learnt from Subhash sir only in one of his workshops. As you said in the workshop sir – that if you give anything to a 1 year kid, he will just eat it. But its better to teach the kid – what to do with what you gave it. There is a difference between a well educated and a well trained person.


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