Veshesh Gaur, 16
Son of Gaursons India MD Manoj Gaur and businesswoman Manju Gaur
Parents Manoj Gaur and Manju Gaur may be busy managing large businesses, but they make sure they spend some quality time with son Veshesh, who is studying in Class XII in Modern School, Barakhamba Road. “I want to become a professional tennis player, but I am okay with the idea of joining my father’s business. I like the work involved,” says the Delhi boy who happens to be a national-level tennis player, state-level shooter, table tennis player and district-level skating champion. Such is his love for sports that he rejuvenates himself with badminton and cricket, which he doesn’t play competitively. He loves to go on long drives and road trips. For instance, going to Chandigarh to watch cricket matches is something he enjoys. Ask him who his hero is and he replies Rafael Nadal, adding that the tennis star is No. 5 in the current world rankings. It is his dream to play along Nadal in a professional match.
Any other dreams?
“Yes, if my life allows me, I would love to join the Army,” he says. His iPhone is flooded with social media apps such as Facebook, SnapChat and Instagram. “These help me find out what is happening in the lives of other people and who is up to what,” says Veshesh. While he doesn’t have a favourite YouTube channel, good music and books keep him entertained. He has travelled to the US, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, the UK and Hong Kong, and hopes to tour these countries as a tennis player one day.
What does Smart City mean to you?
Where I can travel alone;people walk or cycle on weekends;where an automatic alarm goes to police station if a theif enters a house.
Do you think Delhi is or can be a Smart City?
Delhi is not a Smart City foir kids. I hope they soon make it smart.
Things you like about Delhi.
All my friends live in Delhi. The ridge forest area where I go walks with my mother. The criocket matches that I go to watch in stadiums. Also events like the independence and republic day which i like watching.
Things you don't like about the city.
I ahte pollution, heavy traffic on the roads; people in Delhi get angry very fast and get into fight. Everyone is in a hurrry and keeps on running around. There are not enough playgrounds, we need more of them.
As a teenager and sportsman, I would love to see better sports complexes and better coaches, which would produce a lot more players in the country. There should be amusement parks like Disney World.