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Irish-Born Indian entrepreneur Sam Bhaskar opens up about Love for Humanity and Lithuania?

Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born in Ireland to Indian origin parents. My Dad is a former bureaucrat and Mom is a fashion designer and businesswomen. I grew up in Delhi, Dublin and London primarily with my early days in Dublin and Delhi, moving back to Dublin during my early teens when I left home at the age of 15. I’m a professional ex sportsman and a former fashion model.

I’ve moved to Vilnius 2.5 years ago after living for 20 years in London and setup a startup single-handedly to achieve a turnover of €1.29 Million over 1 year and then successfully sold the company in its second year after profit-making to focus on other challenging and exciting projects.

What is your best childhood memory?

During the holidays travelling with my family together to mountains, exploring nature and flying to new countries.

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

“Do-over” is usually when you think you’ve done something drastically wrong and regret it over a period of time. Since, my decisions in life are a result of my actions, therefore I would do nothing differently if given another chance!

Tell us more about your passion for road trips?

People who go on road trips are spontaneous, optimistic and wise! In a sense, road trips are a metaphor for life: they are arbitrary and wondrous expeditions that don’t always have a clear beginning or ending. The road helps you embrace the unexpected, renews your faith in the world and broadens your mind. When you are behind the wheel, you can stop and explore whenever your instincts point you towards something intriguing. There’s so much out there to be discovered. Road trips allow us to unwind and decompress. In the process, we learn more about ourselves and the world around us. They help you to value diversity and make us more appreciative of different viewpoints.

What do you feel most proud of?

I’m proud about my roots, my origin, my culture, my values and my principles in life.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Road trip from Lithuania to India because of Passion – Adventure – Charity.

Once in a lifetime experience. Unbeatable Challenges. Feelings beyond words and expressions when I reach the final destination.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

Purpose; aspire to make a difference, not a living; contentment; passion, hope

What was one of your most defining moments in life?

When I suffered from a life-threatening illness and was very close to death. That changed my view towards life, towards others around me and towards myself. I started to put happiness and well-being as the main priority, and to achieve it – also trying not to depend on material possessions. It made me believe that I need to make a difference and be the change in terms of the less fortunate people in this world and other things which surround us in our day to day lives!

If you didn’t have to worry about all your responsibilities, and if no one were watching, what would you be doing (that doesn’t cost a lot of money)?

Go on a nature trail and spend my time in places where the children and families struggle to have the basic amenities in life like, food-clothes-shelter-water and most important basic education!

How do you spend your free time?

Reading a lot of news and things happening globally, listening to music, watching documentaries, cooking, driving to unplanned and unknown places, taking walks in old town and having a nice coffee at local cafes.

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

Make a difference to someone’s life who need it the most and be the change! Help the poor and less privileged!

What made you move to Lithuania?

Beautiful nature, the countryside feeling in here – so quiet & relaxed, the fact that it isn’t a perfect place and the opportunity to contribute by being a part of the change and influencing that change. Also, a challenge of not being a Lithuanian.

What feels like love to you?

Love to me is about caring, sharing trust, respect, understanding, emotions, feelings, communication and not judging!

 What is your strongest personal quality?

My personality, my attitude and my communication skills.

What age do you feel right now and why?

Age is just another number! I feel the most important thing is to be happy and healthy to feel forever young .

If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?

I don’t think there is any specific event that I’d like to witness. However, I would like to influence and act in the best way to STOP any wars, if possible or political warfare!

How would your friends describe you?

I don’t think it is a good question to ask me perhaps, it would be best to ask my friends this question, although there are not many people I would term as friends who know me well enough to describe me .

What would you like to change about Lithuania? 

The mindset of the people (“I don’t care” or “It’s not my problem” to “It’s my country and I want to be proud of being a part of this country”); the rights that people have to challenge the system; the infrastructure; tax structure; openness to international business, beyond Europe; encourage the use of English as an international language and challenge the status quo.

Photos by Sam Bhaskar

 

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