Karl Rock is a New Zealander (Kiwi) YouTube vlogger and author. He got married to a Haryanvi girl named Manisha Malik in 2018 and lives with her family in Delhi, India.
He did a diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) from 2001 to 2002. He pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, from 2003 to 2006. In 2010, he did a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. YouTube
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Eye Colour: Hazel Blue
Hair Colour: Dark Blonde
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
His father, Doug, works in a government agency in New Zealand. His mother’s name is Kate who works in a bank in New Zealand. His younger brother, Nick, works as a business manager in an export company in New Zealand, and his sister, Chloe, is a school teacher.
Relationships & Wife
In one of his YouTube videos, he shared that before getting married to Manisha Malik in 2018, he had a few girlfriends, Rebecca and Chaitali from Mumbai, and Pre from Fiji. YouTube In 2016, he met Manisha who hails from Haryana. After dating for almost two years, the couple did a court marriage under the Special Marriages Act in 2018. In an interview, he talked about getting married. He said,
I was living in a hostel during that time, and the day before I met her parents, I told a hostel mate about the impending meeting. He advised me to touch her parents’ feet when I met them. He couldn’t have been more right! When I met them the next day, I immediately bent down and touched their feet, and they appreciated the gesture. For them, it meant that I could integrate myself into an Indian family. My wife is from Haryana so the Haryanvi culture in the house is powerful and they have happily made me part of that.” Indian Link News
After completing his graduation, in December 2006, he started working at Recording Industry Association, New Zealand. In 2008, he joined New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft as an anti-piracy investigator. Later, he was promoted as a manager of anti-piracy in the same organisation. From June 2012 to July 2014, he worked as the manager of digital services at Sony Music Entertainment in New Zealand. In June 2016, he joined Tech Futures Lab in New Zealand as a network and security technologist.
After quitting his job, he permanently shifted to India in 2016. He then started a self-titled YouTube channel in which he uploaded videos related to travelling, tips for foreign tourists, and family vlogs. Later, Karl and YouTuber Jim Browning associated with a BBC Panorama team and conducted a scamming operation. They conducted a program in which they exposed a scam of a call centre in Gurugram, Haryana, who targeted computer-illiterate and elderly people in the United Kingdom and the United States.
He gained immense popularity as a YouTuber, and he has received silver and gold YouTube play buttons for his videos. As of May 2021, he has 1.57 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
In July 2021, the Union Home Ministry blacklisted him and barred him from entering India. NDTV In a statement, the Union Home Ministry said that he violated the terms and conditions of his visa. The ministry said,
He was found to be taking part in business activities on a tourist visa and also violating other visa condition.”
Later, Manisha Malik, Mr Rock’s wife, approached the Delhi High Court and challenged the Indian Government’s action against her husband. The YouTuber also tagged New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a tweet and asked her for help.
Dear @jacindaardern, the Govt. of India has blocked me from entering India separating me from my wife & family in Delhi. They blacklisted me without telling me, giving reasons, or letting me reply. Please watch my struggle https://t.co/dq0Z98SCFw @NZinIndia @MukteshPardeshi pic.twitter.com/sLM2nk9lR3
— Karl Rock (@iamkarlrock) July 9, 2021
- Food: Chole Bhature
- Beverage: Masala Chai
- Film: Dangal (2016)
- Dessert: Imarti
- Singer: Michael Jackson
- Since the age of 13, he did small jobs for his pocket money.
- He has published two books ‘India Survival Guide’ (2017) and ‘Learn Hindi Faster Than I Did!’ (2018).
- In an interview, he talked about learning Hindi. He said,
I started learning Hindi to assimilate. Often, menus and road instructions and other travel basics aren’t in English. Learning Hindi helps you connect with everyone.”
- Karl is an avid animal and owns a few pet dogs.
- He loves travelling to different places on his Royal Enfield Motorcycle.
- After recovering from the COVID-19 in 2020, he donated plasma in Delhi’s government Plasma bank. In an interview, he said,
Long ago, when I had heard that the Tablighi Jamaatis had donated plasma, I made up my mind that if I ever got infected, I’d donate too. So when I recovered, I went to the clinic and was blown away with the facilities and the hygiene. It was a fairly simple and safe procedure.”
- On 10 July 2020, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made a tweet praising him for donating Plasma.