Amogh Kanade

Where Amogh is from

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 

Who Amogh is

Amogh is such an unique human being. First of all, he is very knowledgeable. He is one of my roommates so I know that he spends most of the time watching documentaries and reading articles during a day. Politics, foreign affairs, business, economics…Amogh has nothing he cannot talk about. Amogh is a tech guy so I would say that technology is his most favorite topic. He always knows which apps are valuable and useful in which situations. He is also an engineer so he will take care of anything when something is wrong with your devices.

When you discuss with Amogh, watch out. Lol You cannot convince him if you cannot show him any facts or data. Passion or emotion does not make you persuasive in front of him. What I said about Amogh might sound like he is like a cyborg, but he is not at all. He is actually very heart-centered. Hospitality is one of the ways to describe who he is. He cannot help taking care of others and he especially does anything he can do for his friends.

I am telling you as his roommate — “I’ll handle it, don’t worry” — this is what I have heard from him so many times. Whenever he cooks, he cooks for others too. When someone is cleaning up a room, he cannot help helping them. He cannot stand when he is the only one who gets benefit. And he always brings something special when he is invited to a house party or dinner.

I really like the way Amogh has conversations with other people, especially when he meets new people. I said that he is very difficult to persuade, but he is actually a good listener. You can take as much time as you say something because he is listening to you, carefully staring at you. What he says is full of knowledge and humor. The way he has conversations with someone is as if he dug and discovered fossils from nowhere.

Lastly, what I should mention about him is that his senses are very sharp, especially his sense of smell. He catches even the subtle scent of perfume, food, burning, trash etc. If you fart even a little bit, he will catch you immediately. Lol.

And he never compromises on fashion. He takes a long shower before special occasion no matter how late he is and wears cool clothes.

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Awesome Episode

What we have done together is uncountable, but what we did with Christo and Tim was totally unforgettable.

This episode is the one for which I cannot thank him enough in my entire life.

On a spring break, some of our classmates planned to go to Maui. I wanted to go with them but my financial situation could not allow myself to join them. I had 3 other roommates including Amogh who were already a part of the trip so I was the only one who was not going. I could not do anything about it without money so I was going to make another plan for the break. 4 days before the departure, Amogh looked very serious and started talking to me showing an email on his laptop. Amogh had asked the other trip members to give $50 contribution for each to cover my flight ticket to Maui. No words came out from my mouth at that moment. Who could have done that to me except Amogh? He told me, “We are planning to have a fancy dinner in Maui, but I’m looking at my roommate Keisuke, who can’t afford the trip, right next to me. I don’t need a fancy dinner. Why don’t we take him to our trip? It is going to be fun!”

He told me that he felt that the trip is going to be epic and a life changing trip and he wanted me to be there with him. I still remember that my hands were shaking when I heard everything behind it from him. Of course I could not have been in Maui without contributions from Maui trip members, Alexander, Oli, Anissa, Thom, Manon, Jo, Yacine, and Viya, so I really appreciate what everyone did for me. Although, Amogh is the one who took an initiative. I cannot thank him more. This is Amogh. Needless to say, the Maui trip turned out to be unforgettable, and a life-changing experience.

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The Power of MSE

What Amogh is holding is a symbol called “go-en(ご縁)”, which means ‘fate’, ’destiny’ and ’special tie.’

I believe that it is meant to be that we met in San Francisco! I studied Social Entrepreneurship with Amogh for a year, saying “We will make the world a better place.” I would love to spend the rest of my life with MSEs (Master of Social Entrepreneurship; my classmates) until the very day I die. They have already completely changed my life.

At the same time, however, I also think that we should not be together all the time, because that is not the reason why we learned Social Entrepreneurship. That is not how we will deliver the impact we want to give to society and to the world.

I think MSEs are like dandelions. We were seeded at the first day at Hult and we bloomed on our graduation day. Our mission is that we spread all over the world like dandelions and seed the future, the next generation, from each place where each of us has landed.

本当にありがとう(Honto ni Arigato-); Thank you very very much for everything!! The world needs you! Let’s make the world a better place together!!

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