The Harvard student from Bhopal who shot her way to Commonwealth Games


From a tender age parents ask their children to aim high and aspire to become a bureaucrat, technocrat, medico, lawyer or sportsperson. Although choices are many, but the child has to choose one and pursue that all his/her life. If the choice comes through academics, sports gets a back seat, and vice versa. But some people are born to break these stereotypical shackles of societal norms, formulated by our ancestors suitable for their era.

Owing to the nature of transferable job of her parents, Varsha spent more time with her grandfather, who introduced her to the game of shooting, at the age of 13. Training at the MP shooting academy and Karni ranges in Delhi, helped Varsha to polish her talent. On being selected in the National team truck shooting, she moved to Italy, and became a member of the rugby team there. She feels that international shooting training standards are far better and advanced than Indian ones, and will help her become an ace shooter. For her exceptional performance in shooting, Varsha Varman was awarded the prestigious Eklvaya Award in 2013 and the Vikram Award in 2015.

Varsha Varman

But all this did not deter her from studies. Her passion for both studies and sports took her to the epitome and everyone’s dream University Harvard. Pursuing undergraduate studies there, she found herself surrounded by high caliber and high achiever students. Being in their company made her challenge her own achievements, as she crossed milestones one after the other.

Coming from a small town has never proved to be a hindrance in Varsha’s life, rather she took all as a challenge, and went after her dreams. Her take on life is to have multiple goals in life, as they make you ambitious, and get something substantial to run after. Dreaming big and being an achiever helped her to manage time, as she stroke a perfect balance between her studies and sports. Varsha is now preparing to represent India and win the Commonwealth games 2018 and Olympics 2020. At the same time she is also preparing to pursue Masters at Harvard University, that many would simply dream of. Varsha Varman is a true example of an Optimist Citizen, who has worked hard to get a Midas touch.

Nikita Motwani & Piyuli Ghosh | TOC

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