: Life was full of remorse for a young Tashi of Leh who first became tourist guide and then a computer centre operator to flip fortunes. But nothing helped until one day he availed finance from the government initiative which saw him rising above disappointments. Bilal Handoo profiles the promising entrepreneur from Leh
He is having a typical Ladakhi face wearing a relentless smile and expressive eyes. But Tashi Phuntsog, 29, wasn’t feeling for a smile two years ago betraying his own personality. And the reason: his unending struggle against his extended bad patch in life. To flip his fortunes, he did it all: from being a tourist guide to computer centre operator, but nothing helped. Until one fine day, he met his moment which eventually helped him to start his electronics shop in Leh where today he is smiling like anything by witnessing bloom in his trade.
But four years ago, Tashi was uncertain about life. And the main source behind his brewed feelings was the financial hiccups at home. Already he had seen how his two elder brothers left home to join army for improving the financial graph of their family. But somehow the income couldn’t fulfil the family expectations and requirements.
All this was making a class 12th student and the youngest son of Phuntsog family restless. It was 2009 and Leh was abuzz with adventure tourists. He sensed his opportunity and volunteered himself as a trekking guide. It was a special feeling for the young Tashi to earn some handy bucks after putting up hard efforts. He kept doing the same until the then Leh’s limited tourist season (spanning over just four months) disillusioned him.
With some spare earnings (made as tourist guide), he started a computer centre with the help of his partner. He had then completely parted his ways with studies. There was no motivation left in him to study beyond class 12th. The computer centre fetched him some handy income, but deep inside Tashi was growing restless. He was perhaps eyeing a big break.