He slept in buses and trains and on platforms on his journey.
One day he slept in the slum and the next day he was in a palatial house on 35th floor in Mumbai !
He says he drank water from the taps of 80 cities of India , lived on had street food and if he found the food was expensive he would just have bananas and drink water.
He has a network of friends he has built on social media who he called on during his bag packing journey.
Amit Jain lost his father at the age of 3 , he was moved by the plight of his mother.
From a small village Bhusaval In Maharashtra, India he travelled to the city to for education.
He joined Bank of New York and started volunteering collecting old clothes for the needy .
He gave up his job to start a social venture Mitti ke Rang that provides employment opportunities to widows and poor women .
He has done it all , from travelling from a village to living in a city for education to getting a dream job to starting a social venture to bag packing across cities.
Amit says what he has learnt is that the greatest truth in the world is a lie .
What everyone tells you you can do and not do is a lie , his life is an example he says , he has challenged every norm .
Amit is fearless and believes he can do anything if he sets his mind to it . He lives comfortably with just 32 $ a month !
His advice to youth is work hard , save enough , start a side hustle and when you are confident get out of your job to live your dream .
He advices against loans and does not believe in owning things . He says “if I am going to leave everything behind when I die no point in owning things .” Rather he believes in accumulating experiences.
At the age of 30 Amit Jain had wisdom beyond his years and I am blessed as a storyteller to interact with such amazing individuals as part of my journey of Heroes of India project .
Wish I had heard his story when I was in college.
Founder , Heroes of India