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Deepak Romala | A Backpack Full of Life Lessons



Deepak Ramola is the Founder & Artistic Director of Project FUEL. An organization that collects life lessons from people of all ages and backgrounds around the world and designs them into interactive activities and workshops.

Deepak, is a United Nations speaker, two times TEDx speaker, an educator, a writer, actor, lyricist and a gold medalist in Mass Media studies from the University of Mumbai.

As a lyricist, Deepak has written songs for films like 'Manjhi, The Mountain Man', ‘Time Out’, 'Dear Dad' and ‘Wazir’. He recently featured in the fifth season of the hit show "The Dewarists".


  • Deepak is creating a “ghost village” of life lessons of India.
  • He has two goals: 1) Create innate value in the villagers themselves. 2) to bring some sort of light and awareness of the threats involved with migration. The idea is to bridge the gap between the global and local issues.
  • If we trace back to our indigenous roots,
  • Imagination coupled with nostalgia is a great recipe for creativity.
  • I always carry a few things with me. 1) A trick to amuse children, 2) A meaningful experience to share with my peers. 3) A good, thoughtful question to ask the aged. That has proven to be a great recipe for starting a conversation anywhere I go.
  • I am a human being and nothing can be alien to me.
  • My talent is not my gift, it’s my responsibility.
  • I do not wish to be a star, but rather a constellation.
  • Also, potatoes have to be on my tombstone…I absolutely love potatoes.
  • Grief doesn’t change you, it reveals you.
  • He likes to ask the open-ended question, “What happened to you?”
  • Try to relate to everyone with a sense of humor.
  • If empathy isn’t something you were born with, perhaps you could try and learn it.
  • When you understand that “this too shall pass”, you can always embrace the next thing.


Wealth is perishable. Wisdom is not. 


Project Fuel

TED India | Everyone Has a Life Lesson to Share

Meet Deepak Ramola, the 24-year-old who wants to document life lessons of the Syrian refugees (Business Insider article)

TEDxGateway | Your Hope Is Your Knowledge: Life Lessons from the Refugee Crisis


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