New Delhi: Remember Aamir Khan’s character Phunsuk Wangdu in the film 3 Idiots? He was the man known for creating something extraordinary that is beyond an ordinary man’s imagination. In real life, Sonam Wangchuk is that man – engineer, innovator and educator who inspired Aamir Khan’s character in the movie. His institute Himalayan Institute of Alternatives in Ladakh got famous back in 2009 for its knowledge and creativity when the world got to know about it through the movie 3 idiots.
9 years after, today, the world once again is swooning over the out of box creativity from the institute, thanks to the viral picture of a ‘roof-with-a-jeep’ that is taking rounds of the internet, courtesy Anand Mahindra, Chairman Mahindra group. Not to forget, the innovation is highlighting how different routes can be taken by the authorities in recycling auto components.
Sharing pictures with netizens, Anand Mahindra praised the innovation and said,
A friend sent these pics from Sonam Wangchuk’s Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh. Recycling a Mahindra car into a home roof. A way of life at the Institute, where nothing gets discarded.
A friend sent these pics from Sonam Wangchuk’s Himalayan Institute of Alternatives,Ladakh.Recycling a Mahindra car into a home roof.A way of life at the Institute, where nothing gets discarded.Well this will compete with our auto-shredding venture but it’s far more creative! pic.twitter.com/p7UwgOvtxD
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 14, 2018
The photographer who clicked these pictures also shared the creativity with the world on her social media, she said,
“Retaining the old and making it home.. so fascinated i was with the creativity of recycling n seeing the old Mahendra jeep used to make a home that i had to share my pictures.”
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Retaining the old and making it home.. so fascinated i was with the creativity of recycling n seeing the old Mahendra jeep used to make a home that i had to share my pictures i had taken with @anandmahindra and here’s what he had to say. @sonamwanchuk very impressive hope more ppl learn from your institute! https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-in-india/how-an-old-car-was-recycled-has-left-everyone-including-anand-mahindra-impressed-5495317/ #secmolcampus#wherenothinggetsdiscarded#outofboxthinking#creative##nothinggoestowaste#recycle#usingoldtomakenew#inspiration#sonamwangchuk#mahemdrajeeps#lehdhakbook#lehladhak..layersofserenity#mycoffeetablebook#lehladhak2018
When these photos were taking rounds on social media, Sonam Wangchuk told everyone about the “lovely story” behind the jeep that reflects how the local education system can have a fruitful impact on the environment.
In a tweet to Anand Mahindra, he said,
Dear Mr @anandmahindra the Jeep you tweeted has a lovely story. It was instrumental in educational campaigns in the remotest frontiers of Ladakh… which finally took the matriculation results from 5% to 75%. It served us faithfully between 1997 to 2007 before taking new avatara.
Anand Mahindra was left impressed with the story and offered his help for the educational campaign. He added, “Sonam you’re absolutely right—that is a lovely story. How do I find out more about the educational campaign you referred to? And how we can support the campaign if the job is unfinished? @Wangchuk66 @manoj_naandi”
Sonam you’re absolutely right—that IS a lovely story. How do I find out more about the educational campaign you referred to? And how we can support the campaign if the job is unfinished? @Wangchuk66 @manoj_naandi https://t.co/JgidIlv5qU
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 19, 2018
This exchange is currently winning hearts all over social media, here’s a look
That ☝️my friends is why social media isn't "just" a ruckus creator
— Rohit Srivastava (@rohitnsri) December 19, 2018
Mr. wangchuk this is incredible. Wish you success in your missions ahead. We seek inspiration from you.
— Nikhil Chavan (@NIKHIL11C) December 17, 2018
It amazes to see how you manage to innovate in everything that you do, I am proud to have met you in person and I continue to be inspired by all what I hear and see of your work! My offer to volunteer support for your institute in developing your Tourism stay place still stands!
— Dolly Bhasin (@dbhasin) December 19, 2018
This , I see as the major positive of Social Media. Bringing live stories to the notice of the right people and connecting like minded people towards a common good for the society as a whole.
— Vasant Bhanushali (@bandhuvb) December 19, 2018
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