: When his heart no longer found connection with studies, Tariq Aziz from Banihal fringe left home to pick up mobile repairing skills, which later paved way to a lifetime opportunity for him, reports Bilal Handoo
40km from the main town Banihal, a boy from the Alimbach village — where power supply still makes guest appearance was getting weary with his life, shortly after passing Class 12. He wanted a change, which otherwise is eluding his village still awaiting metallic roads. He needed a reason to move out. Four years later, the same reason has made Tariq Aziz (21), one of the budding entrepreneurs of the state.
In his five member family, Tariq proved exception, by discontinuing studies after Class 12. He sat idle for a while having no idea what to do in life until one fine evening his elder brother patted his shoulder and told him: “Look, not everyone can excel in studies. I know, you believe in action. Go and choose your line of work.”
Those words pumped up Tariq, who shortly enrolled himself in two month mobile repairing diploma course. “While receiving that training,” he says, “I knew that I was treading the right path.”
Two months later, Tariq didn’t return to his village. Instead he went to Ramban, where he worked as a technician in a mobile repairing shop for the next two years. “While repairing simple as well as branded mobile phones at that shop,” he says, “my confidence peaked up. I realised that I can do it my own now.” Once such realisation struck him, he looked for opportunities.