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Happy Rainy Days

For Pratik Doshi rainy days are happy days, because that’s when his products sell like hot cakes. The 25-year-old makes colourful designer umbrellas. Started in 2015 with just Rs 1.35 lakh, his current turnover is Rs 35 lakh, says Deven Lad

Winners Don’t Quit

After failing in a couple of ventures, and not realising his dream in Bollywood, Ravish Ranjan bounced back to launch India’s first pod hotel that rents out AC rooms with wi-fi and laundry facilities at just Rs 199 per hour, says Gurvinder Singh

Woods Are Lovely

For this quartet who got into the furniture business with no prior experience in the industry, with an investment of Rs 5 lakh, things have worked out well. Their company achieved a turnover of Rs 18 crore in its second year, says Partho Burman

Following the Dream

Inspired by former President Abdul Kalam, Santosh Sharma left his high salaried job and started a dairy farm giving jobs to tribal people in a Naxal area, around 35 km from Jamshedpur. Gurvinder Singh met him at his Rs 2 crore turnover farm 

Making Children Shine

Fighting poverty to get himself educated and then becoming a successful chartered accountant earning Rs 4-5 lakh every month, Bijay Kumar Sahoo realised the importance of education and created a truly world-class school, says Gurvinder Singh

The Forced Entrepreneur

When the company he worked for could not pay him salary for two months, his family slept for nights without food, forcing him to start his own business in 2003. Today, the combined turnover of his two companies is Rs 71 crore, says Usha Prasad

 
Dustless Painters

While painting his new house, the dust that the cleaning process generated made his two children fall sick. So, he researched and developed a technique for ‘dustless painting’ which is now a business for him and his daughter, says Deven Lad

The Giant Killer

For the son of a small town businessman to start a business with Rs 15,000 and making it grow into a Rs 1450 crore turnover Indian MNC, was no easy task. P C Vinoj Kumar gives a blow-by-blow account of the rise of beauty tycoon C K Ranganathan

Fortune with Saris

Biren Kumar Basak used to sell saris door-to-door on the streets of Kolkata, carrying huge bundles of saris on his shoulders. As a successful sari trader now, with celebrity customers, his company’s turnover has crossed Rs 50 crore, says G Singh

Soaring High

When Tara Ranjan Patnaik founded his company Falcon, he himself did not imagine the heights to which his business would grow. With interests in marine products, steel, and real estate, today his group’s turnover is Rs 1,500 crore, says G Singh

Rising Star

As India’s famous woman boxer, five-time World Champion M C Mary Kom, enters the twilight of her illustrious career, 17-year-old Ankushita Bora hits the limelight winning the Youth World Championship. Tridib Baparnash profiles the teenage sensation

Wait, Get Rich

He came to Mumbai as a 13-year-old with just Rs 30 in his pocket. His first job was as a waiter in an office canteen, but today he runs a popular restaurant chain in Mumbai, whose annual turnover touched Rs 20 crore this year, says Deven Lad