Nothing can deter you from your goal if you are dedicated to it. Be it procrastination or a developmental disorder that made you an outcast in the society, everything appears minor when aiming for the goal in mind.
We all enjoyed the movie Taare Zameen Par but some parents gained enough insight to take the disorders of their children seriously. It helped them realize that their kid might need extra support. He or she might have a certain condition which they have been ignoring for so long. Same thing happened with Harsh Songra who was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of two but it took his parents nine years to realize that. In the meantime, he had to face harsh criticism from people in his life.
“Society brushed me aside,” says the 20-year-old entrepreneur. He talks about his developmental disorder and mentions that his legs and hands used to shiver making it impossible to eat noodles or go for long walks.
When Harsh failed in a subject in STD 6, his teacher asked his parents to send him to a school for special kids. The callousness of this incident is unforgettable and Harsh made up his mind that he would build something which will help parents recognize any disorder in their child at a very early stage.
He found solace in computers when mankind disappointed him. In STD 3, he emerged as one of the best players of Age of Empires, a video game series. Apart from being a pro at gaming, he learned coding in STD 5. Now, he knows 12 computer languages and knows how to code them.
The creation of the app My Child was not done overnight. It was launched in 2016 after two years of research and has been in demand ever since. So far, this app has been downloaded 11,000 times by users across 140 countries. It only takes 45 seconds by parents to know whether their child is suffering from some disorder or not. The app can trace the development of a child from 11 months to 24 months and can bring forward any potential neurological, physical and speech disorders which the child might be suffering from.
Being in a country where such disorders are not taken seriously and the child ends up being labelled with nasty names, this app is a progressive step in the right direction.
This was, however, not Harsh Songra’s first venture as an entrepreneur. He had tried several things before stumbling upon the right one. He even made an app on the elasticity of demand because he struggled to understand this concept in STD 12. “Instead of creating products, I started creating start-ups,” Songra recalls.
This Bangalore based start-up has now received international acclaim. The COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, has praised the app in her blog post.
The motto of Harsh is simple. He is here “to serve the humanity”. Instead of being competitive, Harsh urges people to escape the rat race where coming first is the only thing in one’s mind. He asks people to be goal specific and avoid the tag of “bechara”. He could have won sympathies of people and pitied himself every day for his condition but that’s not what he wanted in life.
Harsh emphasizes on the importance of knowing the why behind their actions. “I know the why behind what I do,” he mentions and urges everyone to do the same. To make mental health less of a taboo, he started a website called ‘We, Included’ where he posts regularly about his journey and mental issues people are dealing with.
The boy who failed in STD 6 is now a full-time entrepreneur and motivational speaker. When asked about the message the want to convey, he says, “Sacrifice who you are for what you want to be.”