From teaching us business jargon to giving us meme-worthy material, Shark Tank India made a special place in all our hearts!
Dear Shark Tank India,
It has been more than two weeks since Shark Tank India’s season 1 bid us all goodbye and I still can’t get over that empty feeling that comes to me every day at 9 pm. If you come to think of it, it’s kind of odd how a show not known by many came to become a dinner conversation probably in every home. My parents and I religiously watched the show and discussed it at length. So much so that by the near end of the show, we became quite the home sharks guessing who’s going to give the investment, how much, or nothing at all. So how is it that a show on business became this beloved by the country? Was it the pitches or the Sharks?
It was a combination of it all for us, from teaching us business jargon to providing entertainment with it as well. The pitches were quite attractive and the Shark’s reaction and suggestions to them in a dumbed-down version made it more accessible and understood by all. It provided a safe space for new business ideas to come forth and the caring and the welcoming attitude of the sharks was an added advantage that warmed the audience’s heart instantly. The show took the country by storm as the recurring memes on our social media suggested but the biggest feat it achieved was managing to change the perspective of a lot of people towards start-ups and businesses.
Earlier it was considered that business was a profession for only a selected few but the boom of start-ups changed the lens for young India. But this show is the one that brought in the limelight a new age of heroes that didn’t wear capes and were wanting to change the world. And it was not just the sharks but many entrepreneurs that came to pitch in with their unique ideas and entertaining pitches. All the sharks from Peyush Bansal, Aman Gupta, Anupam Mittal, Vineeta Singh, Namita Thapar, Ashneer Grover, and Ghazal Alagh with their business expertise brought in their humanistic essence also which made the show palatable to our Indian audiences.
Peyush Bansal with his innate need to find and help a business with a social cause was the most generous tech-savvy shark. Aman Gupta brought in max entertainment with brand-building expertise and his witty charm. Anupam Mittal with his knowledge and experience was like a big brother who explained things quite superfluously. Vineeta Singh with the use of her hands gave people well-explained feedback. Namita Thapar was definitely the true Phar-maa whose welcoming attitude, and well-articulated ‘no expertise’ feedback helped everyone. Ashneer Grover with his serious face brought in his honest tough-love expertise that gave people the true picture. We couldn’t get an essence of Ghazal Alagh but she was sweet.
This show with all its business sense and entertainment value is a reality show that ended up opening the eyes of everyone towards exploring business as a profession for many regardless of age or background. I can’t wait for the next season of Shark Tank India to be back soon with all its business teachings, entertainment, and of course many many crazy unique world-changing business ideas!
A Home Shark
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