‘Ruin 18-20 Yrs Of My Life Babysitting’ Zerodha Co-Founder On Why He Doesn’t Want Kids

Several people, across the world, have a strong desire to leave a mark and leave a legacy behind which can be passed down from one generation to another. They work hard not just for themselves but for their future generations. It’s not just about money but has a lot to do with tradition and honour. In our country, leaving behind a legacy is not just a desire but a deep-rooted need. And in order to do that, one needs to have kids.

However, Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath feels differently. He doesn’t want to have children as he thinks he might end up ruining 18-20 years of his life “babysitting” the baby who might, in the future, leave anyway.


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“This is also partly why I don’t have kids. I’m going to ruin 18-20 years of my life babysitting this child and then if luck serves me right, the reverse will happen at some point. What if he says ‘scr** you’ at 18 and leave anyway,” Mint quoted him saying.

He went on to philosophically add that we give ourselves too much importance and that we are meant to die like everyone else. Eventually, you are forgotten. So what’s the point of leaving behind a legacy?

“I think we all feel that we are more important than we are… you are born and you die like every other animal on the planet and then you are gone and nobody remembers anybody. What’s the point in being remembered (after death)? I feel like you should come, you should live well, you should be nice to the people you meet in your life,” he added.

Do you agree with what Nikhil Kamath has to say?

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