I had been going down the memory lane for the past few hours. Rati is asleep and I have been reading pages after pages on my website. No, not the pages on IMBB. The pages on Total Gadha. Huh? Yes. Although long-time IMBB readers know about it, the new comers on IMBB don’t- Rati and I started our online journey through Total Gadha, the MBA preparation portal. We, the owners of Total Gadha, were known as TG (Total Gadha) and Dagny to students. Although I have shared this journey a little on IMBB before, just wanted to share a few moments from the past with everyone here. A little emotional today. Rati and I have been very fortunate in life. Despite our hardships and struggle, we have received unlimited love and uncountable goodness from people throughout. We are very thankful for that.
Ok, some snippets from TG. We really had a ball there:
Some Emotional Moments
Rati was always like this, always trying to cheer up students. Here is one emotional thread. TG was full of these moments. Here’s another thread where my girlfriend would connect with students.
Meanwhile, I was quietly writing quant lessons…
Dagny in the News:
This was the magazine in which Rati was covered. This was the first time she was covered anywhere. Her mom bought the magazine in Saharanpur and I think it’s still with her. She grilled Rati about me though; she didn’t know we were going around. Rati was telling her ki “ek friend hai.”
Then we started TathaGat, our classroom program, a month later and Rati went home to break the news to her parents about me. And she was ‘Nazarband’ in her home, with her parents trying to pressure her into forgetting me. She kept fighting them and kept working secretly at TG from home (I had secretly arranged a data card and a cell phone for her). At last, her parents came to meet me in December 2008, and as predicted, found faults with me. Rati didn’t budge. Then her mom talked to me on the phone, and then gradually believed I was in love with Rati. It took a lot of convincing but finally the day arrived.
TG Weds Dagny
I wrote this on the eve of our marriage. I was very emotional and wanted to scream and shout to the world. The response of the students was overwhelming. Till that time, we were two people trying to teach students, make their career. But that day I realized how much love our students had for us. Rati read this the next day from the wedding hall before marriage and showed it to her mom. Her mom was really surprised to see her daughter was a star.
Meanwhile in 2008…
I had cracked CAT for the second time (scroll down to see my score card). But because of TathaGat didn’t go for an MBA. But cracking CAT is still an ego trip for me, MBA or no MBA.
Then after our marriage in 2009, Rati got interested in doing makeup and started searching online for videos/ tutorials on how to do makeup. She couldn’t find much material online for Indians. So she started a hobby makeup blog to share her beauty stuff.
Rest, as they say, is history…