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A paying venture

From his father’s thatched mud house tea shop to his own plush office in Kolkata’s upmarket Newtown, Sandip Kumar Dutta has travelled a long way to run a Paying Guest Service, offering 1,500 beds and making Rs 2.5 crore, says Gurvinder Singh

Earthy experience

Unable to find a job in the US due to the Great Recession, Sulagna Ghosh came home to bide her time but found her niche at selling artefacts in a café ambience. Gurvinder Singh tells the story of how Ghosh established Kolkata’s Sienna store

A hot idea

Forced into child labour by poverty, Vijay Singh Rathore not just worked hard to climb life’s ladder but thought out of the box while launching his eatery, Johny Hot Dog, which has grown into a Rs 3.5 crore enterprise, says Aakanksha Dubey

Making Officers

How to crack the IAS exam? For those asking this question, ‘Free IAS Coach’ P Kanagaraj had some answers. Providing tips on the preparation for the civil services exam, he spoke to P C Vinoj Kumar after receiving the ‘Inspiring Indian’ award

Destiny’s Child

Without crossing Indian borders, a young woman sells traditional products abroad through her eBay store. Sofia Danish Khan tracks the growth of Sanskriti Vintage, a Rs 10 crore enterprise, started with an investment of Rs 50,000 in 2010

Modern milkman

A young engineering graduate quit his well-paying job as he smelt an opportunity in selling camel milk in the National Capital Region. Starting with Rs 2 lakh, he achieved a turnover of Rs 4.5 crore in just three years, says Sofia Danish Khan

 
Loving robotics

Two students of a Chennai engineering college united for taking part in robotic competitions but stayed together beyond that to set up home and also a business that brought Rs seven crore revenue last year. Sabrina Rajan has the love story

An uphill drive

From fixing gas stoves to setting up a Rs 7 crore turnover logistics firm with a fleet of 250 vehicles, Chandrakant Pote has come a long way. Nidhi Roy traces the growth of the self-made businessman whose mantra is ‘never say no to a customer’

Unboxing a prodigy

In her first public interaction on her life and accomplishments, IQ prodigy K Visalini bust myths about IQ enhancing drugs and exercises. P C Vinoj Kumar, Editor of The Weekend Leader, engaged her in a conversation at Ethiraj College recently

Electric move

It’s definitely an electrifying story. Two young brothers in Hyderabad have turned their father’s abandoned workshop into a factory for electric bikes and auto rickshaws, thus ushering in a revolution in automobile industry, says Rama Devi Menon

Dressing millennials

Keeping the sartorial tastes and needs of the millennials in mind, two Delhi youth pooled their savings of Rs 5 lakh to launch PostFold, an apparel brand that ‘clicked.’ Sofia Danish Khan met the duo that made Rs 1.6 crore last year

Price matters

Self-made C M Faizal Ahamed is making waves in the textile sector through his Suxus showrooms that are ever crowded and have recorded the highest ‘per sq ft sale per annum’. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the entrepreneur who learnt from his mistakes

 
Students’ choice

Sensing a students’ ‘demand’ for comfortable living and good food, three management students ‘supplied’ it through Yourspace, opening a slew of premier hostels. Sofia Danish Khan met the innovative trio who made a cool Rs 16 crore last year

Women safe

A moment of doubt over the cab driver impelled Shailja Mittal to conjure up a car hire service that safely takes even a 3-year-old to a kids’ party. Sofia Danish Khan on the women-driven cab service ‘Koala Kabs’ that made one crore last year

Water from air

Realising the acute need for new water sources in India, Siddharth Shah has imported Air2Water technology to manufacture Atmospheric Water Generators that could well be a godsend for people in parched places. Deven Lad checks out the details

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