Don’t run behind Success but make yourself as Success runs behind you! The lesson the blockbuster film of Aamir Khan, 3 Idiots taught us all. Aamir Khan who played the role of ace scientist Phunsuk Wangru had 400 patents to his name and was even sought by the Japanese!
Do you know what! His character of Phunsukh Wangdu was actually inspired by an engineer from Leh Ladakh. Yes, meet the real life Phunsuk Wangdu, Sonam Wangchuk a 50 years old mechanical engineer from Ladakh. A man who is responsible for the better irrigation in the area as he builds Ice Stupas to facilitate irrigation in the desert areas of the western Himalayas. These brilliant pieces of engineering are actually conical ice mounds that act like mini-glaciers and slowly release the water for agriculture. The term Ice Stupa was coined by him.
His brilliant idea and superb engineering art helped the people of Ladakh in various ways. His Stupas are actually conical ice mounds that act like mini-glaciers and slowly release the water for agriculture. The term Ice Stupa was given by him.
The area where Wangchuk actually works is situated at a 3,500-metre altitude. Therefore, there is a shortage of water during the crop-growing season. But his work in the relative field made agriculture possible in the area and he got international recognition for that.
Sonam Wangchuck for his great work has been honored with Rolex Award for Enterprise 2016 in Los Angeles. This Award is given to those who have contributed to the world with their innovative thinking and dynamic skills.
Not only this as shown in the film 3 Idiots, he has also founded a school called SECMOL- the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh. He believes in practical knowledge and learning things in a fun way. Extracting below lines from one of his great thoughts:
If failures can achieve what toppers dream of, then there is something wrong in the system.
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