Last Tuesday, Ocean and I had the honor of hosting a Teen Awakin Call with Nimo Patel. Part of a project for the 2021 ServiceSpace summer internship
, this Teen Awakin Call was structured similar to a regular Awakin Call but was primarily for teens to listen and ask questions.
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is a rap star who works with kids from underprivileged communities in India. He attended Wharton business school and rose to stardom in his early twenties. However, after witnessing an inspiring performance by these children, he realized that his perceptions of blessings and happiness were slowly becoming redefined.
For the past dozen years, Nimo has been serving and working with the underprivileged communities in the Gandhi Ashram in India, giving them wisdom, care, and unconditional love. From an Ivy League education to Wall Street to fame and fortune as an MTV rap star, Nimo realized that he was walking a path of suffering and that the only path to light was through selfless service to others and his own internal purification.
Most recently, Nimo has reconnected to his roots of music and is offering this gift of love, peace, and oneness through his songs: an offering he calls 'Empty Hands Music
During the interview, Nimo graciously answered around 13 questions from us as well as some of the audience. Here are some of our favorite highlights from this call!
- It was so inspiring to hear about the time when Nimo walked into a room to find all the children meditating on their own!
- Nimo had always loved music and mentioned that his rap career started from a calculus rap video that he and some friends made, which is super interesting.
- One of Nimo’s greatest inspirations was a hip-hop artist named Tupac Shakur, who inspired Nimo to write poems and sing them over instrumental music.
- Nimo likes his music to connect with his emotions and thoughts, and once he feels the connection to his music, he starts writing it.
- Nimo shared an inspiring story about when he goes to the childrens’ homes in the slum communities, they sometimes offer him a cup of chai. This may seem normal, but it means they go out and buy a pouch of milk, which might be 30 rupees. However they might be making only 60-100 rupees in a day, so that cup of chai means a lot to Nimo.
- Something interesting about Nimo is that he had a successful career after graduating from an Ivy League, but he chose to follow his passion and serve others.
- If Nimo was to give advice to a young kid, he would tell him/her to keep having conversations with the heart. The mind is a beautiful thing as well, but is heavily influenced by external factors, so having conversations with the heart will ground you and balance the mind.
We are so honored to have the chance to interview such a remarkable person and we are so inspired by his music and personal experiences! Thank you, Nimo, for taking the time to answer our questions and we hope you enjoyed the conversation as much as we did!
Originally posted in Youth Internship 2021 Pod.