By Divya Bhati: Social media is always a heated place, where new things get caught in the storm of discussions and end up in the spotlight sooner or later. In a recent turn of events, an Indian-origin woman, currently studying in Canada, stirred up a storm on social media after a video of her expressing her desire to leave India went viral on X (formerly- Twitter). But what came as a twist was that Alan Mamedi, the co-founder and CEO of Truecaller, expressed support for her and even offered her a job at the company.
The viral video features a woman named Ekta, who is seen giving a vox pop on what she loves about Canada and why she left her home country (India). In the video, Ekta expresses her long-held dream of studying abroad, revealing that she had always wanted to leave India. Ekta shares that she is currently biotech and is loving Canada for its breathtaking views and the freedom to roam around the city and enjoy watching the sunset and sunrise.
However, her reaction went viral, sparking a heated debate among netizens. The video quickly went viral, garnering over 1.3 million views and thousands of retweets, likes, and comments. The reactions were mixed, with some users criticising her for her words. Many took offence to her remarks, interpreting them as a slight against her home country, India, while others defended her right to pursue her dreams. Amidst the heavy trolling, Alan Mamedi, the co-founder and CEO of Truecaller, stepped in with a surprising gesture. He extended a job offer to Ekta, stating, ‘I think you’re cool and living the dream!’.
Mamedi defended her decision, arguing that an educated person with high ambitions is all one needs to succeed. He lauded Ekta for her pursuit of a degree in biotech and expressed his willingness to help her prove that bullying is wrong. He even invited Ekta to work at any of Truecaller’s offices worldwide once she completes her studies.
“People really want to misunderstand her to make fun of her. This is not OK!! Ekta, don’t listen to all these clowns making fun of you. I think you’re cool and living the dream! When you’re done with school, you’re welcome to work at Truecaller in any of our offices around the world,” he tweeted.
Later, Mamedi’s post also met with mixed reactions, with some accusing him of using the situation as a gimmick to earn brownie points, while others praised his wonderful gesture.
While the controversy continues, the story serves as a reminder of the power of social media and the potential it holds to change lives overnight. Interestingly, it is not the first time that someone has gotten a job opportunity directly from senior executives or CEOs on social media. Twitter and LinkedIn are some of the prominent platforms where people often engage in social or corporate conversations, and sometimes even catch the attention of tech heads.