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Mumbai: For 29-year-old Sanket Parekh, an IIT-Bombay pass out who worked as a chemical engineer in the United States of America, targets and achievements were everything. His mother was, thus, stunned to find out that her atheist son was giving up his high paying job to attain ‘diksha.

Sanket was introduced to Jainism by his IIT-Bombay senior, Bhavik Shah, who had taken Diksha in 2013 himself. An online chat changed everything as their conversation took a philosophical turn and he was drawn towards the concept of the soul, mind and the body.

Sanket then began to read up about Jainism, as per a report in the Times of India. .He spent two and a half years under Acharya Yugbhushansurji to learn the rituals and other basics. He is now going to give up all his gadgets and will be joining 16 people to take Diksha in a grand ceremony on January 22 in Borivali, Mumbai.

Parekh didn’t reveal his last drawn salary, but he did tell TOI that he was paying of Rs 12 lakh per annum as income tax.

Parekh’s father passed away a few years ago and he reveals that he had to try hard to convince his mother, but when he told her that only this path would make him happy, she accepted.