Success Story of YouTuber Dhruv Rathee Making Educational Explainer Videos

Ritika Deshpande

Dhruv Rathee YouTube Success Story

Meet Dhruv Rathee, a famous Indian YouTuber with over 13 million subscribers who makes explainer videos on socio-political and other trending issues in India and around the world.

He is an educational creator who covers complex but crucial topics and delivers them in such a way that his audience is left intrigued and well-informed. Along with his well-researched informative videos, Rathee is also known for his wholesome lifestyle vlogs which he posts on his second channel, Dhruv Rathee Vlogs.

Due to the sudden rise of short videos in the form of YouTube shorts or Instagram reels, our attention spans have been significantly ‘shortened. Social media has left us begging for dopamine the moment we keep our phones down.

Due to this, we tend to overlook actual pieces of information presented to us for the sake of instant gratification and keeping up with important current affairs tends to become difficult. This is why Dhruv Rathee delivers his content in the most engaging way possible, making sure that people’s attention spans don’t get the best of them.

YouTube Journey

Born in 1994 to a humble middle-class family in Rohtak, Haryana, Dhruv always had a knack for creating videos. Fast forward to when he was 9 years old; the year was 2003, it all started with a newly bought digital camera with which he recorded his first-ever video.

It was when he was 14 years old that he got into reading and mechanical robots. There was a time when he was completely and utterly obsessed with building robots using Lego blocks and couldn’t go a day without it. Clubbing his two passions together, he created a fully functional robot programmed with a touch sensor to carry his digital camera around.

Fast forward to 2011, he got interested in all things politics and his political views were so powerful that he started creating videos addressing them. It was only in 2014 that he uploaded his first video and in 2017, he already had 50,000 subscribers. This was when he started taking his YouTube career seriously.

He says, “When you’re truly passionate about something, becoming consistent and disciplined becomes comparatively easier. Throughout my entire YouTube career, I’ve only focused on how I can improve myself.

Educational Background

For someone who was always interested in diversifying his interests, Dhruv has an impressive educational background. After securing an 85% in his 12th boards, he took the IIT and JEE entrance exams but failed to get into his desired college.

Right after, he also gave himself a chance to get into the army and took the NDA exam. After not passing the second round, his parents encouraged him to get into a foreign university.

This was when he applied to multiple universities and got into Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, where he completed his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. Why mechanical engineering you ask? “If you don’t know what to do, choose engineering, and then decide” were the exact words revolving around everyone’s head at the time in India.

He later went on to do his Master’s in Renewable Energy Engineering from the same university. Later, purely to quench his curiosity and be a better YouTuber, he obtained another bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management. Interestingly, he also met the love of his life in Germany on a tram on his way to work and now they’re happily married. 

Content Creation

He also speaks on a Spotify original podcast called Maha Bharat with Dhruv Rathee where he digs deeper into the realm of how stuff in India actually happens; understanding the complexities of the Indian democracy, state-specific politics, social topics like abortion, religion and hunger, and so much more.

Besides, he has travelled to over 30 countries and makes travel content for his vlog channel as well as for a TV Network. He also has a Netflix show called Decode with Dhruv where he talks about popular series like The Big Bang Theory and FRIENDS.

Ever wonder how he manages to accomplish everything seamlessly and have time for his personal relationships and family? Well, he has his own course named ‘How to do a Million Things All At Once” where he talks about time management and productivity and how he manages to do a million things at once without burnout and how you can too.

If you’ve ever felt like the world’s moving on as swiftly as it can and you’re just there, scrolling on your phone, with countless deadlines just waiting for you to act on them, then this one’s just for you. 

In the age of incessant social media use, bridging the gap between social media and education becomes important and Dhruv is doing an exceptional job at making deeply researched content about things that truly matter.

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