Sarath Babu

8 02 2010

Sarath Babu

Sarath Babu is from IIM, Ahmedabad. He was in media for rejecting offers from big companies to start one on his own. Well! He founded "Food King Caterers" out of Ahmedabad & got it expanded to Chennai. He acknowledges that the brand "IIM" gave him a good lift-off for his venture. He had proved that big-brands has great-values. Jumping-in to kickstart a business right after college should have been tough. But this bold mindset & compulsion came from his childhood perils.

Rediff has a good coverage of his whole life. Read it here. One can hear such a story only in movies or novels. It feels good that its from a real life.

Sarath encourages youngsters to become entrepreneurs, so they could provide jobs to other people. Though it sounds similar to earning money by writing a book titled "How to generate money"? >:O) He also tells children, "It does not cost ‘money’ to dream".

His inspiration is his mother. She had an understanding of what education can do to a person’s life. She sold idlis on the pavements of Chennai to educate her son. During daytime, she worked to prepare mid-day meal at the school. In the evenings, she taught at the government’s adult education programme.

Sarath recalls, "For kids living in a slum, idlis for breakfast is something very special."

Nothing more can lucidly state his financial position.

Our take: There are always people to Inspire. Lets make best use of them!

Thanks to http://startupstarters.blogspot.com/2006/10/sarath-babu.html





Making of an Indian success story

8 02 2010

The 2,000 children gathered were all from very poor families, but all excel in studies and dream to make it big one day.

The children, in the age group 12 to 15, had gathered at a city auditorium over the weekend to meet one of their own – Sarathbabu, popularly known as the guy who refused a Rs.850,000 corporate job to start a venture of his own.

They were brought together by the Ullas Trust, set up by the IT giant Polaris, at an annual workshop the trust organises for its beneficiaries. All the children, from economically strained homes, have received scholarships from the trust for academic excellence. They are from corporation schools, 196 in Chennai and 112 schools from 29 districts.

Polaris Chairman Arun Jain, speaking at the event, named half a dozen contemporary role models who have risen high despite their poor backgrounds.

"Two thousand success stories are sitting here," he told the children, when asked "Is there a secret formula to success?"

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, from a poor family in Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu, of course, topped the list of role models.

The children had many questions and dreams of becoming Kalpana Chawlas, and to answer them on stage was E. Sarathbabu, the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad graduate from Chennai who hogged the headlines this year for his vision.

Completely unassuming, dressed in a white shirt and blue trousers, a smile on his lips, speaking in a low voice, Sarathbabu told them his life story – "which is the life story of every poor Indian student in thousands of towns and villages across India today".

Addressing the kids as "brothers and sisters", he said: "My story is the story of many an Indian kid today."

Sarathbabu’s mother sold idlis on Chennai’s streets to bring up her five children. She had to get water before sunrise from a distant tap. One of her sons died when he was in Class 12. The second son dropped out of school after Class 10.

Sarathbabu studied in King’s Matriculation school in suburban Madipakkam. "When I went to Class 10, I began binding books. Each brought me a profit of Rs.4 or 5," the young man recalled. "There was no alarm clock to wake me up to study. It used to be so cold in the middle of the night that I would just get up."

There would be no electricity in the neighbourhood. "I tried to study as much as possible in daylight. I learned to adjust." Sarath finally finished school and went to Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, to study engineering. "I was unwell six months before the CAT (Common Admission Test) examination. It is a tough exam, only 2,000 students are taken in through the exam in institutions of excellence."

"Many said I should not attempt the CAT that year, but I thought if I can succeed it will help me change my life."

After getting a B.E. degree, Sarathbabu worked with the Chennai-based Polaris company for a while before he went to IIM-A, India’s most famous business school, to get a Masters of Business Administration degree.

Like all young people, Sarathbabu likes films and was part of a college dance group. He loves the BMW bike he rides. But he does not support the "violence" advocated in films like "Rang De Basanti". His role model is Mahatma Gandhi, says the 27- year-old.

He also has a take on caste-based reservations: "It should be available only to first generation students, only then will the benefits of the quota percolate to the most discriminated against."

Instead of running after a fancy corporate job or going abroad, Sarathbabu has decided to begin a start-up food brand, and has provided jobs to 40 people already.

‘Foodking’ has one outlet in Ahmedabad and the company supplies branded idlies to three corporate houses in Ahmedabad, among then Drapan Academy and his Alma Mater, IIM itself.

By the end of 2006, the young man plans to bring his company to Chennai too and to Kolkata. His brother and girl friend help him in his work.

"My mother does not want to leave Madipakkam and go anywhere else," he smiles, that is reason enough to bring his business to the city that has been his home turf.

"It does not cost money to dream," he tells the children.

"I am one among you. If you believe you can, definitely you will," says this Ullas Trust mentor.

Thanks to http://timesfoundation.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1935928.cms





SARATH BABU Speaches

8 02 2010

http://in.youtube.com/user/sarathFoodKing

http://timesfoundation.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1935928.cms





About Sarath Babu

8 02 2010

Family

I was born and brought up in a slum in Madipakkam in Chennai. I have two elder sisters and two younger brothers and my mother was the sole breadwinner of the family.

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It was really tough for my mother to bring up five kids on her meager salary. She sold Idlis in the mornings, worked for the mid-day meal at the school during daytime and taught at the adult education programme of the Indian government, thus doing three different jobs to bring us up and educate us.

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My mother, according to me, is the most successful entrepreneur.

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Education
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I did schooling in Kings Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai,graduated in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani and after working for 3 years in Polaris Softwares completed MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

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Business
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Foodking was setup with a vision to offer employment to illiterate and semi-illiterate people and bring up their living standard.

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It undertakes Event Catering, Industrial Catering and Institutional Catering and also has Retail Outlets.

Today, at 29, he is CEO of Foodking Catering Services which is providing services at BITS, Pilani, IIM, Ahmedabad, BITS, Goa, BITS Hyderabad and SRM, Chennai among others and has a turnover of Rs. 7 crore.

Achievements

  • Honorary Alumni XLRI, Jamshedpur
  • Honorary Rotarian, Dist 3201

Awards

  • PEPSI-MTV Youth Icon 2008 (earlier recipients were Mr. Anil Ambani, Rahul Dravid, Shah Rukh Khan, M. S. Dhoni)
  • “Example to Youth Award 2008″, CHENNAI.

Peer Speak:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060402/asp/nation/story_6046364.asp
Inspired Youth:

http://www.iimaalumni.org/n/front/newsmakers/indexsub.asp?NMID=89
http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/cat-and-related-discussion/14780-know-your-iimite-sarath-babu.html

The Dream Merchant:

http://startupstarters.blogspot.com/2006/10/sarath-babu.html

http://iamchandru.blogspot.com/2006/03/sarath-babu-idly-kadai-iim-ahmedabad.html

Thanks to http://sarathbabu.co.in/in/about/






SARATH BABU

8 02 2010

SARATH BABU

The following is a mail that was forwarded to me by my classmate… this is in refernce to one of his classmates contesting in LOK SABHA POLLS…
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Dear Friend,
A dorm-mate of mine from IIM Ahmedabad (2006 Batch), Mr. Sarathbabu is contesting the LOK SABHA polls from South Chennai. He announced this in a press meet held on 10th April. It was covered extensively by the print media and TV channels like NDTV, Vijay TV.
You can know all about him by visiting his site : www.sarathbabu.co.in

or directly get his brief profile here : Sarathbabu Profile (Best viewed in Internet Explorer 6.0 and above)
His election symbol is the SLATE. His symbol and picture are attached with this email.
He was born in a slum of Chennai. So on passing out of IIMA, he had set up a food business to create employment, and today his success stories can be found over the net. His business currently supports over 250 families.
All of us do our bit to support the country in some way or the other, he has decided to work towards changing the society at large by hoping to join politics as an independent candidate. I certainly believe here is an opportunity to change somethings in India.
His 10 missions are:

  • Hunger free India
  • Improved education for all by improving both curriculum / infrastructure and access to schools
  • Strong youth forums to increase citizen awareness
  • Effective government plans to develop slums and small scale enterprise
  • Increase employment by conducting job fairs and encouraging entrepreneurship
  • Women empowerment by opening bank accounts for all women
  • Security and support programs including high quality healthcare facilities for senior citizens
  • Enhanced town planning as per international standards
  • Focus on improved water, sanitation and emergency facilities in all residential areas.
  • Increase environment awareness by promoting campaign to plant 60 trees a day in Chennai South

You can have a look at his detailed and structured one-page manifesto here : http://sarathbabu.co.in/in/manifesto/

Request you to kindly provide Sarath (sarathbabu.southchennai) information about your contacts in South Chennai. This shall help him reach out and seek votes. I would request you to forward this mail address to all people who can help Sarath.
I support him in this drive and shall appreciate, if you could too.

Here is a snapshot about him:
"Developed Indians are what we need for a developed India" – E. Sarathbabu

SARATHBABU – NOMINEE FOR SOUTH CHENNAI LET’S CHANGE NOW!





Foodking -Sarathbabu-QUOTES

8 02 2010

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“Mother is the greatest word in the world”

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“I know what hunger is.”

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“You cannot achieve anything if you brood over what does not exist. Even when I was asked to stand outside the classroom for not paying the fees, I used to listen to the lessons being taught inside because I understood that nobody — my mother, I or my teacher— was at fault for the situation I was in”

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“I have risen from the bottom. If I can, why can’t you? ”

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“God is giving me this fantastic opportunity to inspire youth so that they too can create more jobs, bridge the rural-urban divide and address social issues and make India shine globally.”

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“Developed Indians is what we need for a Developed India.”

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“It tears my heart when I see kids starving to make their ends meet.”

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“We need to ensure that people do not die of hunger.”

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“We cannot be a developed country if we leave the poor people behind.”





The inspiring rags-to-riches tale of Sarathbabu

8 02 2010

The inspiring rags-to-riches tale of Sarathbabu

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Sarathbabu.

When 27-year old Sarathbabu graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, he created quite a stir by refusing a job that offered him a huge salary. He preferred to start his own enterprise — Foodking Catering Service — in Ahmedabad.

He was inspired by his mother who once sold idlis on the pavements of Chennai, to educate him and his siblings. It was a dream come true, when Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy lit the traditional lamp and inaugurated Sarathbabu’s enterprise.

Sarathbabu was in Chennai, his hometown, a few days ago, to explore the possibility of starting a Foodking unit in the city and also to distribute the Ullas Trust Scholarships instituted by the IT firm Polaris to 2,000 poor students in corporation schools.

In this interview with rediff.com, Sarathbabu describes his rise from a Chennai slum to his journey to the nation’s premier management institute to becoming a successful entrepreneur. This is his story, in his own words.

Childhood in a slum

I was born and brought up in a slum in Madipakkam in Chennai. I have two elder sisters and two younger brothers and my mother was the sole breadwinner of the family. It was really tough for her to bring up five kids on her meagre salary.

As she had studied till the tenth standard, she got a job under the mid-day meal scheme of the Tamil Nadu government in a school at a salary of Rs 30 a month. She made just one rupee a day for six people.

So, she sold idlis in the mornings. She would then work for the mid-day meal at the school during daytime. In the evenings, she taught at the adult education programme of the Indian government.

She, thus, did three different jobs to bring us up and educate us. Although she didn’t say explicitly that we should study well, we knew she was struggling hard to send us to school. I was determined that her hard work should not go in vain.

I was a topper throughout my school days. In the mornings, we went out to sell idlis because people in slums did not come out of their homes to buy idlis. For kids living in a slum, idlis for breakfast is something very special.

My mother was not aware of institutions like the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, or the Indian Institutes of Technology. She only wanted to educate us so that we got a good job. I didn’t know what I wanted to do at that time because in my friend-circle, nobody talked about higher education or preparing for the IIT-JEE.

When you constantly worry about the next square meal, you do not dream of becoming a doctor or an engineer. The only thing that was on my mind was to get a good job because my mother was struggling a lot.

I got very good marks in the 10th standard exam. It was the most critical moment of my life. Till the 10th, there was no special fee but for the 11th and the 12th, the fees were Rs 2,000-3,000.

I did book-binding work during the summer vacation and accumulated money for my school fees. When I got plenty of work, I employed 20 other children and all of us did the work together. That was my first real job as an entrepreneur. Once I saw the opportunity, I continued with the work.

Life at BITS, Pilani

Sarathbabau. Photograph: Sreeram SelvarajA classmate of mine told me about BITS, Pilani. He was confident that I would get admission, as I was the topper. He also told me that on completion (of studies at Pilani), I will definitely get a job.

When I got the admission, I had mixed feelings. On one hand I was excited that for the first time I was going out of Chennai, but there was also a sense of uncertainty.

The fees alone were around Rs 28,000, and I had to get around Rs 42,000. It was huge, huge money for us. And there was no one to help us. Just my mother and sisters. One of my sisters — they were all married by then — pawned her jewellery and that’s how I paid for the first semester.

My mother then found out about an Indian government scholarship scheme. She sent me the application forms, I applied for the scholarship, and I was successful. So, after the first semester, it was the scholarship that helped me through.

It also helped me to pay my debt (to the sister who had pawned her jewellery). I then borrowed money from my other sister and repaid her when the next scholarship came.

The scholarship, however, covered only the tuition fees. What about the hostel fees and food? Even small things like a washing soap or a toothbrush or a tube of toothpaste was a burden. So, I borrowed more at high rates of interest. The debt grew to a substantial amount by the time I reached the fourth year.

First year at BITS, Pilani

To put it mildly, I was absolutely shocked. Till then, I had moved only with students from poor families. At Pilani, all the students were from the upper class or upper middle class families. Their lifestyle was totally different from mine. The topics they discussed were alien to me. They would talk about the good times they had in school.

On the other hand, my school years were a big struggle. There was this communication problem also as I was not conversant in English then.

I just kept quiet and observed them. I concentrated only on my studies because back home so many people had sacrificed for me. And, it took a really long time — till the end of the first year — to make friends.

The second year

I became a little more confident and started opening up. I had worked really hard for the engineering exhibition during the first year. I did a lot of labour-intensive work like welding and cutting, though my subject was chemical engineering. My seniors appreciated me.

In my second year also, I worked really hard for the engineering exhibition. This time, my juniors appreciated me, and they became my close friends, so close that they would be at my beck and call.

In the third year, when there was an election for the post of the co-ordinator for the exhibition, my juniors wanted me to contest. Thanks to their efforts I was unanimously elected. That was my first experience of being in the limelight. It was also quite an experience to handle around 100 students.

Seeing my work, slowly my batch mates also came to the fold. All of them said I lead the team very well.

They also told me that I could be a good manager and asked me to do MBA. That was the first time I heard about something called MBA. I asked them about the best institution in India. They said, the Indian Institutes of Management. Then, I decided if I was going to study MBA, it should be at one of the IIMs, and nowhere else.

Inspiration to be an entrepreneur

It was while preparing for the Common Admission Test that I read in the papers that 30 per cent of India’s population does not get two meals a day. I know how it feels to be hungry. What should be done to help them, I wondered.

I also read about Infosys and Narayana Murthy, Reliance and Ambani. Reliance employed 20,000-25,000 people at that time, and Infosys, around 15,000. When a single entrepreneur like Ambani employed 25,000 people, he was supporting the family, of four or five, of each employee. So he was taking care of 100,000 people indirectly. I felt I, too, should become an entrepreneur.

But, my mother was waiting for her engineer son to get a job, pay all the debts, build a pucca house and take care of her. And here I was dreaming about starting my own enterprise. I decided to go for a campus interview, and got a job with Polaris. I also sat for CAT but I failed to clear it in my first attempt.

I worked for 30 months at Polaris. By then, I could pay off all the debts but I hadn’t built a proper house for my mother. But I decided to pursue my dream. When I took CAT for the third time, I cleared it and got calls from all the six IIMs. I got admission at IIM, Ahmedabad.

Life at IIM, Ahmedabad

My college helped me get a scholarship for the two years that I was at IIM. Unlike in BITS, I was more confident and life at IIM was fantastic. I took up a lot of responsibilities in the college. I was in the mess committee in the first year and in the second year; I was elected the mess secretary.

Becoming an entrepreneur

By the end of the second year, there were many lucrative job offers coming our way, but in my mind I was determined to start something on my own. But back home, I didn’t have a house. It was a difficult decision to say ‘no’ to offers that gave you Rs 800,000 a year. But I was clear in my mind even while I knew the hard realities back home.

Yes, my mother had been an entrepreneur, and subconsciously, she must have inspired me. My inspirations were also (Dhirubhai) Ambani and Narayana Murthy. I knew I was not aiming at something unachievable. I got the courage from them to start my own enterprise.

Nobody at my institute discouraged me. In fact, at least 30-40 students at the IIM wanted to be entrepreneurs. And we used to discuss about ideas all the time. My last option was to take up a job.

Foodking Catering Services Pvt Ltd

My mother is my first inspiration to start a food business. Remember I started my life selling idlis in my slum. Then of course, my experience as the mess secretary at IIM-A was the second inspiration. I must have handled at least a thousand complaints and a thousand suggestions at that time. Every time I solved a problem, they thanked me.

I also felt there is a good opportunity in the food business. If you notice, a lot of people who work in the food business come from the weaker sections of the society.

My friends helped me with registering the company with a capital of Rs 100,000. Because of the IIM brand and also because of the media attention, I could take a loan from the bank without any problem.

I set up an office and employed three persons. The first order was from a software company in Ahmedabad. They wanted us to supply tea, coffee and snacks. We transported the items in an auto.

When I got the order from IIM, Ahmedabad, I took a loan of Rs 11 lakhs (Rs 1.1 million) and started a kitchen. So, my initial capital was Rs 11.75 lakhs (Rs 1.17 million).

Three months have passed, and now we have forty employees and four clients — IIM Ahmedabad, Darpana Academy, Gujarat Energy Research Management Institute and System Plus.

In the first month of our operation, we earned around Rs 35,000. Now, the turnover is around Rs 250,000. The Chennai operations will start in another three months’ time.

Ambition

I want to employ as many people as I can, and improve their quality of life. In the first year, I want to employ around 200-500 people. In the next five years, I hope to increase it by 15,000. I am sure it is possible.

I want to cover all the major cities in India, and later, I want to go around the world too.

I have seen people from all walks of life — from the slums to the elite in the country. That is why luxuries like a car or a bungalow do not matter to me. Even money doesn’t matter to me. I feel bad if I have to have food in a five star hotel. I feel guilty.

Personally, I have no ambition but I want to give a house and a car to my mother.

Appreciation

I did not expect this kind of exposure by the media for my venture or appreciation from people like my director at the IIM or Narayana Murthy. I was just doing what I wanted to do. But the exposure really helped me get orders, finance, everything.

The best compliments I received were from Narayana Murthy and my director at IIM, Ahmedabad. When I told him (IIM-A director) about my decision to start a company, he hugged me and wished me luck. They have seen life, they have seen thousands and thousands of students and if they say it is a good decision, I am sure it is a good decision.

Reservation

Reservation should be a mix of all criteria. If you take a caste that comes under reservation, 80 per cent of the people will be poor and 20 per cent rich, the creamy layer. For the general category, it will be the other way around.

I feel equal weightage should be given for the economic background. A study has to be done on what is the purpose of reservation and what it has done to the needy. It should be more effective and efficient. In my case, I would not have demanded for reservation. I accepted it because the society felt I belonged to the deprived class and needed a helping hand.

Today, the opportunities are grabbed by a few. They should be ashamed of their ability if they avail reservation even after becoming an IAS officer or something like that. They are putting a burden on the society and denying a chance to the really needy.

I feel reservation is enough for one generation. For example, if the child’s father is educated, he will be able to guide the child properly.

Take my case, I didn’t have any system that would make me aware of the IITs and the IIMs. But I will be able to guide my children properly because I am well educated. I got the benefits of reservation but I will never avail of it for my children. I cannot even think of demanding reservation for the next generation.

Thanks to Rediff,

Link http://ia.rediff.com/money/2006/aug/31spec.htm





Junk the job, idlis are tastier – IIM grad shuns rat race, follows in mother’s footsteps

8 02 2010
Junk the job, idlis are tastier
– IIM grad shuns rat race, follows in mother’s footsteps
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From helping his mother sell idlis on Chennai’s streets to starting his own catering business may not sound like a giant leap for a slum kid.

Unless, in between, he graduates from an IIM and turns down a corporate job offer.

When 27-year-old Sarath Babu, a software engineer and MBA, made his choice at this year’s placement on the Ahmedabad B-school campus, he was clear in his mind about two things.

One, he would chart his own course as an entrepreneur and two, he would continue to sell food like his mother Deeparamani, who still vends idlis to pedestrians in Chennai.

“Nobody would have imagined this 20 years ago,” said IIM Ahmedabad chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy, referring both to Sarath’s progress from a slum to the B-school and his rejection of a cushy job to start an unconventional business with little capital.

As he lit a lamp to inaugurate the Foodking Catering Service, Sarath’s firm in Ahmedabad, the Infosys boss, however, suggested how the young man could pay his mother an even more fitting tribute.

Compared with Deeparamani’s customers, Sarath’s usual clients would be somewhat more upscale: BPOs, pharmaceutical firms, multinational companies and college canteens. He says he plans to turn his company into a food chain that will be a “national brand” employing 50,000 people.

But Murthy reminded him that millions of poor Indian children, from whose ranks he rose, never go to school let alone B-school and he needed to do his bit for them.

Why don’t you take up the mid-day meal scheme, which can lure underprivileged children to the classroom, the Infosys chief asked.

Sarath’s eyes seemed to moisten. “Sir, I’m happy to tell you that my mother has worked for the Tamil Nadu government’s mid-day meal scheme. She cooked mid-day meals in a nearby school and earned Rs 30 a day. She still sells idli in Chennai. That is how she brought me up and my two sisters and a brother,” he said in an emotional voice.

As the audience erupted in applause, Sarath rang up his 52-year-old mother and introduced her to Murthy.

A proud Deeparamani said she knew her son had declined a well-paying job but she was happy that he had chosen to be a caterer. “At least, he would be feeding people,” the mother said.

Sarath described how he had made it through school with help from a teacher who paid his fees. State government scholarships allowed him to get an engineering degree from BITS, Pilani, after which he worked with a software firm for about two years.

“In the last four decades, such a thing has never happened in IIM Ahmedabad,” institute director Bakul Dholakia declared.

Sarath’s classmate Gaurav Dagaonkar shared the spotlight. The Mumbai boy, too, has turned his back on corporate jobs to follow his life’s passion ? music.

Murthy today released a demo album by Gaurav, who was the campus cultural secretary, sang for a local band called Zaahir and had designed a studio in his hostel.

For Sarath, it has been more uphill. He has had to ask friends to chip in to raise his initial capital of Rs 10 lakh and form a 15-member team. But with “quality, cleanliness and delivery” as his business motto, he expects to emerge a market leader in 10 years.

Murthy praised both the young men. “I am happy and proud that they have opted to walk on a road less travelled,” he said.

Thanks To telegraphindia Link: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060402/asp/nation/story_6046364.asp





A New Year’s Gift from Robin Sharma

6 01 2010
Robin Sharma
62 WAYS TO MAKE 2010 YOUR BEST YEAR YET

1. Remember that leadership isn’t about your position. It’s about your influence.

2. Get fit like a pro athlete.

3. Lift people up versus tearing people down.

4. Protect your good name. An impeccable reputation takes a lifetime to build.
And 60 seconds to lose.

5. Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

6. Remember that even a 1% daily innovation rate amounts to at least a 100%
rate of innovation in 100 days.

7. Believe in your dreams (even when others laugh at them).

8. Measure your success, not by your net worth but by your self
worth (and how happy you feel).

9. Take an intelligent risk every 24 hours. No try-No Win.

10. Read "Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist".

11. Watch "Man on Wire".

12. Regardless of your title at work, be a team builder.

13. Remember that business is all about relationships and human connections.

14. Say "please" more.

15. Say "thank you" more.

16. Know your Big 5: the five things that need to happen by the
end of this year for you to feel its been your best year yet.

17. Read your Big 5 every morning while the rest of the world is asleep.

18. Read "As You Think". At least twice this year.

19. Be willing to fail. It’s the price of greatness.

20. Focus less on making money and more on creating value.

21. Spend less, save more.

22. Leave everything you touch better than you found it.

23. Be the most positive person in every room you’re in.

24. Run your own race.

24. Stay true to your deepest values and best ideals.

25. Write a handwritten thank you note to a customer/friend/loved one every day.

26. When you travel, send love letters to your kids on hotel stationary. In time,
they’ll have a rich collection to remember your travels by.

27. Read "Atlas Shrugged".

28. Be a problem solver versus a trouble maker.

29. Rather than doing many things at mediocrity do just a few things-but at mastery.

30. Honor your parents.

31. Commit to doing great work-whether anyone notices it or not.
It’s one of life’s best sources of happiness.

32. Give more than you receive (another of the truths of happiness).

33. Have your 1/3/5/10/25 years goals recorded on paper and review them weekly.

34. Be patient. Slow and steady wins the race. The only reason businesses that
went from zero to a billion in a year or two get featured in magazines is because 99%
of businesses require a lot more time to win.

34. Underpromise and then overdeliver.

35. See part of your job as "a developer of people"
(whether you work in the boardroom or the mailroom).

36. Wear your heart on your sleeve. When people see you’re real,
they’ll fall in love with you.

37. Be authentic versus plastic.

38. Read "The Alchemist".

39. Remember that life wants you to win. So get out of your own way.

40. Consider that behind every fear lives your next level of growth (and power).

41. Eat less food.

42. Drink more water.

43. Rest when you need to.

44. Read "SUCCESS" magazine.

45. Write your eulogy and then live your life backwards.

46. Demand the best from yourself.

47. Remember that the more you go to your limits, the more your limits will expand.

48. See everything that happens to you as an opportunity to grow
(and therefore, as a precious gift).

49. Be obsessed with learning and self-development.

50. Become comfortable alone
(you are the only person you get to be with your whole life).

51. Smile. It’s a stunningly effective way to win in business and life.

52. Reflect on the shortness of life.

53. Be bold when it comes to your dreams but gentle with those you love.

54. Remember that success is dangerous because it can kill drive/innovation/passion
and going the extra mile. Be successful yet stay hungry.

55. Read "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin".

56. Be of deep value to this world.

57. Own beautiful things but don’t let them own you.

58. Use excellent words.

59. Laugh more.

60. Don’t complain, gossip or be negative.

61. Plan as if you’ll live forever but live as if you’ll die tomorrow.

62. Feel free to pass these lessons on to those you want to help.

Written by Robin Sharma,





Life Quote

1 01 2010

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs








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