Assam-born mechanical engineer Uddhab Bharali dropped out of college in 1987 because of acute poverty. Called ‘useless’ by his family and labelled a lunatic for his desire to invent things the likes of which the world has never seen, today he has been shortlisted by NASA for a breakthrough innovation.
Bill Gates once famously said: If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor, it’s your mistake.
Uddhab Bharali was born to a businessman father in Lakhimpur, Assam and was only four years old when he first realised that his parent was a complete failure careerwise. Not only did he fail in business, but each of his initiatives nudged their family closer to debt and poverty.
By the time Bharali reached primary school, he had already seen the worst of times.
“We had only one cow for the entire family and we had to…
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