Entrepreneurs are legends. Directly or indirectly they create history. There are many common people who affect other’s lives, whose roles in one’s life go unnoticed by today’s generation in the grab of a ‘busy life’. But it is our business to stop and acknowledge their efforts with our gentle smile and a little empathy. These collections of short stories portray the lives of ordinary folk that keeps lubricating the machine of our lives smoothly. Their names will never appear in the ‘who is who’ or Wikipedia yet their contribution is immense and invaluable. It is not the usual stories of morals and ethics yet they are not amoral. It can certainly give a new perspective to the youth who want to chase their passion into profession. The first-hand experience of the young writers with the diverse farmhand and blue-collar workers in the commonality tug at the heartstrings of the readers as one flips through the pages.
Sakthi Swaroop decided to bring these stories of the common man to everybody – so that everybody would know about them, would learn from them and get inspired by their deeds.
He got this idea when one day he was walking on the road and saw an old man selling coconuts. He was weak and his hands were shivering. Looked like he was about an age of 70+ … But still, he was slicing the coconut with his shivering hands. Sakthi was depressed at that due to a small issue, but when he observed him, it gave him confidence. So he went to him, asked for a coconut and started conversing with him, he was so confident and hesitated to reveal his story as people would show pity on him and he didn’t want that. The coconut vendor said that he was cheated by his own family members and he has his wife who is ill and so for their living, he choose this profession and he ended up saying “until he has strength in his body he will work, and will never depend on anyone. ”
His confidence and the way he was determined made Sakthi dumbstruck, so he thought to bring the stories of these real warriors of life into limelight and hence the name “storiesofcommonman” got its name.
Sakthi Swaroop Gowda, a NITian and software engineer is the CEO of this startup. Apart from him, the team consists of –
- Joy Solomon – Chief Editor, music producer by profession
- Vijay Krishnam – Designer, marketer and designer by passion
- Amirthavarshini R – Writer, a student of B.Sc
- Krishna Gopika – Writer, a PG graduate in Journalism
“One and the only problem we solve is “Depression “, the world is moving so fast and today’s youth is getting better life and opportunities, but still we are getting easily depressed for small reasons in life. We are unable to accept the hardships, while we are running around virtual happiness. We can’t bear a simple rejection, we can’t accept a hardship, and the result is suicide. We, through storiesofcommonman, are bringing the real problems which people are facing. “Quotes Sakthi.
Currently, the team is working in a NGO mode. That is why, they don’t have any operational costs. Presently the writers are also volunteering to work without any monetary benefits working voluntarily. The founder is bootstrapped.
Recently they have published their first edition of the book in both Amazon & Kindle.
They are planning to conduct events in different cities to raise funds and the revenue they get in the events and by the sales of the book will be used for upliftment of the people , whom they cover in the stories,
“We are not saying, we will change their lives, but surely we will help them for their development in their works. Say buying a grinder to an old lady who makes Idlis etc.” says the team of this proud initiative.
Kudos to the whole team – who has broken barriers of thinking of thy before others. Hope the team sees loads of success in the future.