Saturday, April 01, 2006

Inspirational Life Story True - Walking the Road Less Travelled

Gaurav and Sharath are two graduates to be presented here in this series of Inspirational Life stories. Probably they have a long journey to complete, yet this blog considers the step that these two have taken can be a lesson for lot of other youngsters in India to follow. These two graduates from the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) have decided to opt for unconventional career paths than the fat-pay packages, earning laurels from the institute chairman and chief mentor of Infosys N R Narayana Murthy and director Bakul Dholakia. While Gaurav Dagaonkar could well be the next Abhijit Sawant with his foot-tapping music, Sharath Babu aspires to build a food chain and employ about 50,000 people.

Hailing from Chennai, Sharath has risen from a modest background and managed to graduate from IIM-A this year and has already begun his own catering business in Ahmedabad. "I have faced innumerable challenges during the past 25 years. I remember how my mother Deepa Ramani cooked mid-day meals in a nearby school, earned Rs 30 a day and has managed to tend our family including two elder sisters and a younger brother,” said an emotional Sharath, while announcing his plans. Sharath said that he himself had sold 'idlis' on the streets to eke out a living. “I have already registered my company, Foodking Catering Services Private Limited, and I aspire to start a food-chain and employ about 50,000 people in about 10 years", he said. "I have approached few corporates and premier educational institutions in the city and the response so far has been good,” Sharath said adding that he was planning to supply quality food at reasonable prices mainly to the corporate sector and educational institutions.

However, for Mumbai-based Dagaonkar, music is the first love. Gaurav, who released the demo version of his album on Saturday, aspires to make a creative mix of his natural ability to sing and his managerial and entrepreneurial skills to carve out a place in the Indian music industry. "I have composed about ten songs and hope to come out with a full-fledged album in the next two months with the help of a music company,” said Gaurav. Gaurav, who was the cultural secretary of IIM-A, had formed a band 'Zaahir' with other musicians in Ahmedabad. He has also designed a music studio in his hostel at IIM-A, where he studied the technicalities of the music sequencing and arranging. Hearing about their plans, Narayana Murthy said, "I am happy and proud that they have opted to walk on a road less travelled.” He said India's booming economy provided ample opportunity to budding entrepreneurs to start their own ventures. "Youngsters from disadvantageous backgrounds like Sharath Babu have managed to overcome difficulties and start their own ventures,” he remarked. Patting Sharath, Narayana Murthy said, "In India a lot of children are not able to go to school because they do not have enough food to eat. So once you establish your food business, I will request you to donate a small part of your earnings to the mid-meal scheme being run in the nearby school.” He said the IIMs were doing a “wonderful job” in churning out management students skilled in different aspects like human resources, finances, sales and marketing, corporate strategy, technology and others. IIMs needed to expand in terms of the intake capacity of the students and needed to raise the salaries of the faculty so as to help the students get the best education in the world, he said. He also called for greater autonomy for IIMs. IIM-A director Dholakia also applauded both the students for “their risk-taking abilities” by opting for unconventional careers.
We wish both a great and successful journey.
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9 Comments:

At 9:48 AM, Blogger camelpost said...

We were recently hearing news of IIM students grabbing jobs of Rs 80 lakhs per annum package and what not. Sarath Babu who is a proud alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani stands TALL in such a crowd with his noble mission. What the country needs is more Sarath Babus. When you are inspired by some great purpose, all your thoughts break their bounds to enable you to climb the most difficult peak, swim across the turbulent ocean and what not. "To dream anything that you want to dream. That's the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed". Sarath Babu with the passion true to all BITSians is bound to convert his good idea to a great mission.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger therearview said...

You are absolutely right. Only few have the courage to proceed, and it is people like Sarath Babu who succeed, inspite of the bottlenecks they need to face in the course of their journey. We wish Sarath Babu a very good luck.

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger shruti said...

great ... another lesson for the book called life ,,, life is meant for learning .. and evolving in the best way we can ...I wonder what 80 lakh per annum salary package can teach one ... or how worthwhile/ satisfying it is in the long run .. but if GOd gave u tht then there probably is a lesson to be learnt there too...and maybe just maybe by the end of this journey called life we would have learnt some of it .

 
At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, Life has many lessons to be learnt. It is all how we take it.

 
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