“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” quora manish bhattacharya
– Albus Dumbledore quora manish bhattacharya
This line has been a constant resonation for everyone who has pulled themselves out of tough times and gone on to achieve greatness. One such story is of Manish Bhattacharya. On Quora, a question was asked: What was the most magical moment of your life?
Read on to know what Manish answered to this.
When Facebook paid me $5000.
THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAY “MONEY CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS” ARE DEAD WRONG.
I did my 12th on scholarship. Got 65% marks in 12th and failed to qualify IIT-JEE and AIEEE. Dropped a year to prepare on my own, was not able to afford the extra financial pressure of coaching . Next year result was better but not good enough to get admission in government colleges.
My father said, “We can’t afford Engineering, join the local college for B.Sc.”
That was tough for me, I contacted a few private college and got to know I can get admission on my present rank and 12th marks.
But “Where’s the money?” dad asked.
“Give me 25,000, that’ll confirm the admission and then we’ll talk to banks for an education loan,” I replied.
“I EARN 8,000 PER MONTH, 25,000 IS A BIG DEAL. BUT DON’T WORRY, I’LL ASK MY BOSS IF HE COULD HELP,” DAD REPLIED.
Next day, he borrowed 25,000 from his boss, asked one of his friends to convert that into a DD (demand draft). I got the DD by 5 PM and next day, took a general ticket to Delhi.
I got the admission and later, with little struggle, got the loan as well.
From the 1st day, there was this extra pressure of the loan.
Somewhere in my second year, I came to know about this term ‘Bug Bounty Program’, where big companies pay for reporting security issues on their websites. It took me almost a year to learn everything about security.
Meanwhile, I got a cheap laptop.
And one Sunday afternoon, I reported few security bugs to Facebook (notes and message).
Monday evening, I got a mail from Facebook and BANG!
I WAS NOT ABLE TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT. $5000 (₹ 3 LAKH) WAS A BIG DEAL! I HAD NEVER SEEN THAT MUCH AMOUNT IN MY ACCOUNT OR EVEN IN MY DAD’S ACCOUNT.
Next day, I took the day off from classes to calm down, but one of my teachers called and asked me to come (it was all over my Facebook).
I made a guest appearance for 5 minutes with a copy of the W-8BEN form in my hand and the whole class congratulated me.
Next day it was in the newspaper.
After this, I never stopped. I became financially independent. Paid off my education loan that year, got clients from all over the world, contributed to the security of 500+ websites.
I’M NOW RANKED #62 (WORLDWIDE) ON GOOGLE’S BUG BOUNTY PROGRAM.
Made my first million in college and got covered by national/international newspapers and blogs.
You can read Manish’s full answer here.