An innocent girl, untouched by the harsh realities of life, Sagarikka Sivakumar decided to take a break from school after completing her 10th standard and went on to see a whole new world outside the four walls of her classroom. She dabbled with a range of activities including trekking, documentary filmmaking, interning with a dozen companies and working with the stock market. A diligent blogger, she compiled all her experiences and turned it into a bestselling book titled ‘My Unskooled Year’.
Soon, the accolades from media followed. It ranged from an interview on NDTV to numerous articles in esteemed publications like Times of India, The Hindu (English and Tamil), Deccan Chronicle, Dinamalar, Aval Vikatan and Brew Magazine to name a few. She even translated her book into Tamil as she wanted to reach out to a wider audience.
With the proceeds from the sales of her book, she is supporting an autistic home named ‘Pravaag’ in Trichy. She has also contributed to the Rotary International Foundation to become one of the youngest Paul Harris Fellows in Rotary District 3000.
People from far and wide have wanted to hear her story and she has given talks at various places like Infosys, Rotary, BIL, MMA, CII, YI in addition to many schools and colleges. She was also the chief guest and speaker at the International RYLA 2017, Malaysia.
Some of her other projects include a documentary on the horrendous food habits of youngsters (for which, she went on a complete junk food diet for a month) and a YouTube channel called ‘Sagarikka Sathya’ through which she wants to voice out her opinions on the social evils bogging the country down.
She also conducts workshops for the youth on the possibilities of life and offers them career guidance.
With the motto of ‘Choose not to run in the race, but create your own space’, she is one of the youngest trainers in the country today.