I shifted from Bombay to Dharamshala in May 2018. Dharamshala seemed a very peaceful and aesthetic place. Everything was very chill contrary to that of in Mumbai. I started off with my school in May. I advanced with my studies and school life. For a month or so everything was smooth until 2nd July. 2nd July one of my classmate's body was found drowned in a well. He was someone I often interacted with, hence all of this struck me very hard. Some days passed by and we discovered that he died of opioid overdose. Investigations suggested that it was the overdose that caused the death and later his body was dumped into the well. After hearing this I got even more upset. I thought I could have saved his life by talking him out. After having a conversation with some of my peers, I discovered that it is not the first time this is happening.There have been many more such cases prior to this, in fact some occurred in the same well. All of this was excruciating shocking for me, but for everyone else it was just another unfortunate event. Slowly I could get over that news. In the course of this event I started reading a lot of Himachal newspapers. I would find thousands of such news on drug addiction taking place in Himachal Pradesh alone. All of this was depressing.
Soon I completed my 10th, gave my boards and decided to pursue adventure sports. I started out with wall climbing. It is a beautiful sport. Climbing first and foremost is about balance, conserving and using energy carefully. It helps you work on your entire body and mind. After doing all that the pleasure you get is tremendous. It helps you Increase your self esteem and so does almost every adventure sport. I started with many other such adventure sports such as trekking and paragliding.
When I was at Bir Billing (Himachal Pradesh) learning paragliding, I heard about de-addiction centres while communicating with my coach. I asked him about it. He told me that there is something called adventure therapies in the drug rehabilitation centres and one of its components is paragliding and he was making arrangements for their next therapy session. This lit a light of hope in my head. I did pretty much a lot of research about it and discovered that adventure sports can not only help in rehabilitation but also in prevention. There was no sense of doubt because I could literally feel it. Everytime I would stand on the cliff with my glider behind, I could feel the adrenaline gushing through my veins. I would experience those dopamine shots as I would grip just another hold on the wall. And there is nothing more satisfying than the bonfire heat against your face after scaling that twelve kilometer trek.
Integrating all of this, I concluded a solution. That was the time where I came up with the idea of starting an adventure sports company. From those moments onwards the vision I had was to Inculcate adventure sports in India and eventually sabotage drug culture. There was the rise of En Casa, Www.èncasa.com