Harsh Snehanshu

Author. Pan-India Traveller. Young India Fellow.

Harsh Snehanshu is the author of Because Shit Happened: What NOT to do in a start-up! (Random House India, 2013). After graduating in 2011, he had a year-long unsuccessful stint with entrepreneurship. In March 2012, after having quit his company, he embarked upon a whimsical solo journey across the country. He traveled for a year during which he covered twenty-three states, discovering India and a bit of himself.

In June 2013, he was selected for the Young India Fellowship, a prestigious one-year academic fellowship in liberal arts, which he is currently pursuing. He is a prolific short-story writer and is working on two projects right now: one, a short-story collection; the other, a travel book.

Portfolio

Bihari: the Portrait of an Artist | Bricolage Magazine
by HARSH SNEHANSHU * A look at Subodh Gupta's exhibition Everything is Inside through a Bihari's eyes. The ornate Jaipur House, originally built as a residence for the Maharaja...
The Making of an IITian Author
2014-02-15 , Issue 7 Volume 10 The summer of 2007 was an unusually warm one in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, but the heat didn't deter the flurry of guests who came to our house on that...
Investing in innovative ideas
When you think of an Indian company that has made it big, what comes to mind? Infosys, Flipkart, Naukri, Redbus, Makemytrip? All these companies have one common denominator....
The Painted and the Tainted
2014-03-01 , Issue 9 Volume 11 If you live in a metropolitan city, chances are your calendar is dotted with festivals, not of the religious kind but the cultural. Don't tell me...
Man, Mask and the Truth
Harsh Snehanshu philosophically analyzes the Oscar Wilde quote: "Give a man a mask, he'll tell you the truth,"
Are you celebrating free speech, Mr. Lit Fest? Harsh Snehanshu
Guest post by HARSH SNEHANSHU This January, in a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the award-winning writer Jerry Pinto said something that sent most of us into a...

The Hindu

The unforgettable
Imagine if every time you recall a memory from childhood, it brings along with it a distinct voice singing in the background. When I look back, I remember one such voice - bass...
Yes, I'm from Patna only
Ever since I started reading books, books with cities as protagonists, be it Suketu Mehta's Maximum City or William Dalrymple's The City of Djinns, my eyes inadvertently...
Pangs of Wasseypur
What do you expect to encounter when you visit a locality in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, that has crept into the hearts of millions of Indians ever since it was projected, in theatres,...
Chai on the highway
I was in Odisha recently. On the way back from Konark to Bhubaneshwar, I decided to do something that I would have feared earlier. I thought of getting a lift on a truck. Trucks...

Miscellaneous

Book review: The Lowland
A week ago, I was at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Jhumpa Lahiri was there too, talking about the thing called a global novel - a novel that transcends national boundaries,...
AAP - From Cloud to Cloud9
It has been almost a week since Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) out shone every pre-poll speculation and astonished the media and political bigwigs with its spectacular debut in the Delhi...
The Other Scorecard
Standing at the Midland Bookstore in Hauz Khas last Thursday, I casually glanced at the magazine covers, amused to find certain uniformity in all of them. Half of them had...

Forbes | Business Insider | NextBigWhat

What Does It Feel Like To Be The CEO Of A Startup That Fails?
It feels as if you have just lost your child. You try to look back at it and can't refrain from feeling sad about it, about the amount of passion you have invested that didn't...
This Is How It Feels When Your Startup Fails
It's relatively common for startups fail.In fact, three out of every four venture-backed startups fail, according to a recent report by The National Venture Capital Association....
Student Entrepreneurs: Build Products, Not CVs. - NextBigWhat.com
I talked to a student entrepreneur recently, a junior from my alma mater, and asked him about why did he start-up. His reply astounded me and made me reflect on my similar...
The Entrepreneur who wore knickers: A very short story
The Entrepreneur didn't need to brag about his achievements now, as numerous newspapers and magazines did it for him. The hiring strategy was strategically chalked out and while...
Dear Entrepreneurs : It's Your Facebook profile, Not Your Startup's
The point is: there is your profile and there's your start-up's fanpage. Your friends/networked connections are connected to your profile - because they want to keep up with...
"Thinking Scale": Why is it important for startups?
The youth of today is empowered, it doesn't fear to choose the path less travelled. As more and more youngsters venture into entrepreneurship, it becomes very important to...
Startups, Beware of Facebook pages. It can make you complacent
What's even more difficult is when you have your website ready, it's very difficult to migrate the FB audience to your website. And the truth is, you can only monetize the...
A Letter from an Entrepreneur to his Mother
Dear Mother, I've been fortunate to be the reason for your happiness since my early childhood. Perhaps that's why you named me Harsh. It has always been my endeavor to make you...

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