A TEDx speaker and marketing consultant settled in Mumbai, Anuj Tiwari was brought up on the bustling streets of Bareilly, where chaos is the order of the day. There, he learnt to circumvent the streets first, and then his convoluted life. Instead of getting a ‘modern education’, Tiwari studied in a Sanskrit-medium school where there were no English books.
Seeing his neighbourhood kids reading from colourful storybooks, he started building dreams of being able to read in English; however, he kept those dreams to himself in the fear of being mocked at. Tiwari, who has seen his family go through a tough time and being humiliated in his childhood, was thus encouraged to push the limits.
Despite going through six months of depression and trying to give up on his life in college, Tiwari is now the bestselling author of three books. He sold his books on the streets of Mumbai, and has been listed as one of the top ten most influential authors in India in 2016.