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All the marbles

Two brothers and a cousin, all hailing from a family that traded in paper, blazed a new trail when they were just in their early twenties by selling marbles and triumphed making Rs 300 crore last year. Sofia Danish Khan has the success story

Spicing business

When Naresh Pagariya added spice to dad’s masala business by entering manufacturing, the traditional family of traders did not relish it. But he went by his plan and today heads Pagariya Foods whose turnover is Rs 50 crore, says Usha Prasad

Nippon powered

Power to the people is what Sumudit Issar offers through Sharman Energy, the company he started despite opposition from his family of businessmen and made it a Rs 5 crore enterprise in a year. Sofia Danish Khan meets the ‘solar energy’ man

Upwardly mobile

P C Vinoj Kumar traces the inspiring rags-to-riches journey of P Balasubramanian, founder of a Rs 3 core turnover mobile phone repair chain, who grew up in a hostel, came to Chennai with a few 100 rupees and started his career as an AC mechanic

IAS mystique

For aspirants of IAS or other central government services, Dr P Kangaraj, offers free coaching. In a conversation with P C Vinoj Kumar, he gave tips on cracking the civil services, which have been compiled in a FAQ format by G Babu Jayakumar

Electrifying idea

From a tourist guide to selling paints to promoting mobile telecommunication services to manufacturing e-scooters, Nischal Chaudhary has come a long way through sheer hard work and an understanding of people’s needs, says Sofia Danish Khan

 
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