4 ‘Rags to Riches’ Inspirational stories

It is the courage to continue that counts!
Just luck no longer plays a role in running a successful business. What is required is focus, and the drive and hunger to make things happen’ no matter what the hardships.
Aspiring businessmen and women looking for inspiration would do well to study the achievements of India’s greatest businessmen who have gone that extra mile to make it to the top of the list.
People who have forged ahead despite barriers, hurdles and pitfalls, only because they had the passion to surge ahead.
Sandeepha Chain of Restaurants

Meet Patricia Narayan – Director, Sandeepha Chain of Restaurants based in a city that simply adores food, Chennai. She started her career 30 years ago as an entrepreneur, selling eateries from a
mobile cart on the Marina beach amidst all odds — battling a failed marriage, coping with her husband, a multiple addicts, and taking care of two kids. She even fought the misery of seeing her
daughter die in a car accident! But she picked herself up to battle the odds. She started her business with just two people. Now, there are 200 people working for her in her restaurants. Her lifestyle has changed too. From travelling in a cycle rickshaw, she moved to auto rickshaws and now has a car of her own. From 50 paise a day, her revenue has gone up to Rs 2 lakh a day.


Dhirubhai Ambani (28 December 1932 – 6 July 2002) epitomised the dauntless entrepreneurial spirit of a visionary always on the march to change the destiny of a nation. Acclaimed as the top businessman of the 20th century and lauded for his dynamic, pioneering and innovative genius, Dhirubhai was an inspiring leader with sterling qualities. His success story fired the imagination of a generation of Indian entrepreneurs, business leaders and progressive companies. For many, he still remains an icon, a role model to be emulated. He visualised the growth of Reliance as an integral part of his grand vision for India because he was convinced that India could become an economic superpower within a short period of time and wanted Reliance to play an important role in realising this goal. Today, the Group’s turnover represents nearly 3 percent of India’s GDP.

The Dosawala

Prem Ganapathy was stranded at the Bandra station when the person accompanying him left him and ran away. Prem had no local acquaintances or knowledge of the language. Out of pity, a fellow Tamilian guided him to a temple and appealed worshipers to contribute money for his return ticket to Chennai. But Prem did not go back, instead, he started dishwashing and from thereon to making dosas. Today his Dosa Plaza currently has 26 outlets and 5 of them are company owned. It has 150 employees and a turnover of 5 crores. All the branches are connected and networked and there are training managers and proper manuals to maintain a standard and uniform product and services.
Ramesh Tours and Travels Private Limited

He could well be the richest barber in the country. But Ramesh Babu charges only Rs.75 for a haircut. Ramesh Babu, the man who wields the scissors at Bowring sits at a different office during rest of the day as CEO of a large car rental company that owns a fleet of luxury cars, including a dazzling Rs.3.3 crore Rolls Royce, and a range of Mercs, BMWs, Volkswagens, and Innovas. In all, he owns a fleet of 68 luxury cars. Ramesh, who lost his father when he was just 7 years old, and later braved poverty and hunger to reach this position.

These are some of India’s most successful people are known and celebrated for skills and talents, but most of all for their courage and their profound impact on society. The one thing that they have in common is their ability to inspire others.