The first book in our Be! series is an adventurous and inspiring journey to meet entrepreneurs across India—told through a series of postcards sent by a young man named Jeevan to his sister in the village.
As a young boy, Jeevan is enchanted with photos. They catch forever, in a still moment, people’s hopes and memories. Photos tell stories.
Jeevan harbors a secret dream of opening a small photo studio in his village. But his parents tell him, “Cameras are just toys.” And a business is just too risky. When he finishes school, they decide that he will work for the Indian Railways. But Jeevan never forgets his love of photography; he buys a secondhand camera and takes pictures everywhere he goes.
Through his travels across the country, he discovers people who have started businesses and have found innovative ways of solving problems in their lives. In short, he discovers that entrepreneurs are everywhere—from Raghav, a boy who starts dance classes on the beach, to a fisherman who uses a mobile phone to find the best prices for his fish. Jeevan mails these photographs to his school-going sister Sarita in the form of postcards, along with encouragement to follow her dreams.
With Jeevan’s postcards as inspiration, Sarita finishes school and becomes a teacher in the village and continues to inspire young boys and girls with stories about entrepreneurs across India.