Unlikely choices led to beautiful consequences in the life of Ritesh Marwadi

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Unlikely choices led to beautiful consequences in the life of Ritesh Marwadi

 

Five years ago, Ritesh was studying business when he joined an insurance company as an intern. His monthly stipend was only Rs.3000 then. On the last week of his internship, he sold an insurance package of Rs.15 lakhs to just two clients. His adeptness in sales left his senior officers impressed, and he was offered a job and Rs. 20,000 salary right away. 

He thought, “If my value appreciated to Rs. 20,000 in three months, I can only imagine how much the company must be making out of me. Obviously, if they weren’t making anything out of me, they wouldn’t pay me better.” 

He quit his job the next day.

 

Today, Ritesh Marwadi is the co-founder of We Fear Silence. We fear Silence isn’t just another event management company but a group of people who are striving to create unique experiences for past six years through various events they organize. Had he been selling insurance packages that paid him handsomely, would he be creating one-of-a-kind experiences and be living happily instead? Maybe. Maybe not. That’s what makes Ritesh a heretic; someone who holds his opinion at odds to what is generally accepted. And his life is a beautiful consequence of his unlikely choices.

 

Choosing self-love over guilt 

Born on July 16, 1990 in Calcutta, Ritesh Marwadi wasn’t a studious child in school and often failed examinations. His parents sent him to a boarding school in Dehradun hoping he would improve academically. He did start showing improvements. Unfortunately, he got expelled before his pre-board examination of tenth grade. 

He remembers how disheartening it was for his parents. They faced troubles of changing his school at a time when schools didn’t have intakes. “I wasn’t able to face them,” he says. 

These difficult times served as lessons for Ritesh. He says, “I started believing more in myself.” The emotional and mental suffering at an early age had shaped his understanding of life. “When I was expelled, no one understood me. Though people told me they understood, they didn’t. By the next week I got expelled, my friends forgot about me,” he says, “It was all materialistic. I came to realize that I am the one who has to stick with me. I love my parents, I love my friends. But I love myself the most today. If I am making mistakes, it’s for myself. If I am doing well, it’s for myself.” 

It was all materialistic. I came to realize that I am the one who has to stick with me. I love my parents, I love my friends. But I love myself the most today. If I am making mistakes, it’s for myself. If I am doing well, it’s for myself. 

“Even today, people don’t remember me otherwise. They remember me when they need free tickets to my parties.”

 

Choosing to share vision, not just money 

His journey began with his first event at I Club, Durbar Marg. Without any investment of his own, he made a profit of Rs. 3000 from the event. The owner had motivated him to organize that party by giving him the flexibility to pay after the event. He continued doing more events at I Club and Club Platinum, always trying to introduce and experiment on new ideas and themes for the events.

He was making money, but he did not know what to do with it. He kept thinking, “Should I keep working with people in I Club?” 

He decided otherwise. “I shared a different imagination and vision about doing events than people in I Club. Money was secondary for me,” says Ritesh, “It is more about creating those ‘unique experiences’ for everyone.” So he discontinued working with people at I Club and started to work on his own events for next seven months. 

Meanwhile, he had found people who shared the same vision. While he was organizing events at I Club, he used to visit an ad agency to make posters for his events. Some of them from the agency were interested to join him. “Two of them left their jobs and joined me right away. My team mates are 10 to 12 years seniors to me, but still, they believed in me,” he says, “It is really not about the age, it’s about the passion you share.”  

Two of them left their jobs and joined me right away. My team mates are 10 to 12 years seniors to me, but still, they believed in me,” he says, “It is really not about the age, it’s about the passion you share. 

After the team was formed, We Fear Silence was registered on 2012.

 

It has only grown ever since. We Fear Silence has now expanded to London and also tied up with Sunburn, one of Asia’s biggest events. They still have a protocol to choose the kind of organizations and people they want to work with. “We want to grow with other people who share our passion. Our goals and thoughts match. We don’t want to partner with people who just know how to do it or are driven by money. Such people will give up if it isn’t profitable,” says Ritesh.

We want to grow with other people who share our passion. Our goals and thoughts match. We don’t want to partner with people who just know how to do it or are driven by money. Such people will give up if it isn’t profitable,” says Ritesh.

  

Choosing to win the sponsors instead of feeling rejected

 

Creating unique experiences wasn’t just about their will; they needed sponsors. It was a difficult quest at first as people didn’t believe what he had envisioned. Never conforming to other’s opinion of what he can do, he had a way to make his way out of this and prove himself. “I told the sponsor that I would buy their products, sell it and tell them how much I sold, If instance, I needed to sell 100 pieces of something, they thought I could sell 10, but I was able to sell 130,” says Ritesh. He has the upper hand these days. He says, “After the first event, they asked me what my next event was and I told them that I needed to think if I should work with them or not.”

 

Choosing We Fear Silence over Mr. Beans 

Ritesh had also ventured into a coffee shop called Mr. Beans. He was spending a lot of his time working at Mr. Beans. “I was working full time at Mr. Beans. I opened and closed it myself,” he says. Siddhartha Kedia, who has been a mentor and instrumental person in shaping him into the person he is today, was also guiding him through this venture.

However, things didn’t work as it was planned for him. He eventually realized his time and attention got divided between Mr. Beans and We Fear Silence. Events was his passion, but he had started Mr. Beans for money. So, he closed it down.

Choosing to create unique experiences for people 

Creating unique experience is the mantra that has kept Ritesh going. “I am living for that,” he says. “If I am not doing good with this, I will go and work with some other event company abroad. But, I will still be organizing events and creating that unique experience.” He enjoys to feel the energy of people and their happiness brought through his events.  

We Fear Silence is growing outside Nepal to bring home international megastars. “For example, if we want to invite Coldplay here in Nepal, we can’t afford it. But if I do a five country tour with an artist, we can bring the cost down. It’s a dream for people like us in Nepal to see those artist live. We want to make that happen,” adds Ritesh. By next five years, they want to expand to five countries. 

Ritesh’s choices have made all the difference in his life.“If choosing your passion is what you call entrepreneurship, yes I am an entrepreneur”, he says.

 

Comments

  • Guest
    Sagar Basnet Saturday, 04 June 2016

    I found your write up on Ritesh very interesting. You too are doing great for yourself. Get going!

  • Guest
    Aabha Khatri Saturday, 04 June 2016

    Thanks a lot. I am glad you liked!

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    Deep Sunday, 05 June 2016

    Believe in yourself! Three words only. But it needs a helluva lot of courage which was amply exhibited by our magnificent participants at the Creativeness Fest. Vive les youths - believe in yourselves and forge ahead as Ritesh has done and continues to do.

  • Guest
    madan Sunday, 21 August 2016

    I can really imagine now how our country will be when every youth is able to discover an entrepreneur in themself. LET US BE DRIVEN BY PASSION NOT BY MONEY . Nice work Aabha :)

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