‘Boredom Expert’ teen takes to YouTube to help people beat lockdown blues | Bengaluru News – Times of India
BENGALURU: Amay Bharadwaj, 14, is not your everyday teenager. While most kids of his age are either busy playing video games or waiting for the lockdown to end, Amay has started a YouTube channel ‘Boredom Expert’ with videos that help people beat the boredom during the long in-home period. With 7 videos and over 800 views, his videos talk about what people can do during the lockdown.
One of the interesting videos Amay has on his channel is called ‘Sentiments and Stories – Covid-19’, where he has interviewed people from across the globe and asked them four important questions that give an all-round understanding of our present situation. Amay says that in lockdown, while many are far away from each other, the interview helped him find a connection between people living in different parts of the world.
“I spoke to people from Dubai, USA, Malaysia, United Kingdom and India and I asked them about the hobbies they have developed, the weather in the country, the Covid-19 situation there and the headline of their newspaper,” Amay says adding that he then went on to analyse the answers in a sentiment analysing application which gave him some interesting insights.
“For instance, I could make out that in the present times, India showcases better positive vibes when compared to UK and Malaysia,” he says.
Amay has also shared some interesting insights he discovered through his interview. He shares about a hobby that one of his participants developed. “She started learning French after being inspired by watching French movies,” he says adding about another family who has a ritual of praying together for a Covid-free world.
The teen who has been spending the lockdown at his grandparents home in Srirampuram, Bengaluru, studies in the tenth grade of a Chennai school — Chettinad Vidyashram. “I recently moved from Bengaluru to Chennai. I have also travelled a lot and even lived in Malaysia for three years and love travelling. In fact, I like moving to new places, adapting to new situations and learning new things,” Amay said.
After the lockdown began, Amay saw a lot of posts on Instagram and other social media platforms from people venting about their boredom. On April 1, he decided to start a channel with videos suggesting people to not waste time or things to do during the lockdown. He shares how his parents, Harish BK and Bhavani Harish were amazed at his idea of a YouTube channel. “My parents encouraged me constantly and were ecstatic that I had created these videos,” he says.
While Amay’s father is a General Manager in a private firm, his mother is a homemaker who holds a master’s degree in Carnatic music.
The young boy has also attended five online courses and earned certificates in a span of 1.5 months. Ultimate drawing course from beginning to advanced, photography masterclass, Becoming a super learner – learn speed reading and boost your memory, public speaking and character art drawing. He is also a part of the Junior Speakers Association of India. “All these activities are from my interest area and help in my personal development. Plus, I also had the time to structure it during the lockdown,” he explains adding that he also enjoys connecting with kids of his own age as well as others.