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Perseverance pays

With no formal training in civil engineering, 27-year-old Sharath Somanna successfully runs a Rs 20 crore turnover construction company that he started with just Rs 46,000. Usha Prasad met him at an old palatial house that he is beautifying

Young wonder

A national table tennis player, a PhD scholar, a cook, a computer geek, a pianist and a motivational speaker - Naina Jaiswal is all this and more at 19 years. Rama Devi Menon tells us about the child prodigy, groomed by an astute father

A vet’s dreams

Converging diverse interests, veterinary science, journalism and business, Dr N Elangovan has charted for himself a path that not just gives soul satisfaction but also brings in the lucre. Usha Prasad meets the man who straddles many worlds

Clean sweep

A Delhi dentist’s unclean spittoon spurred Amarinder Singh into doing something for the community’s health and starting his own clinic that has now grown into a Rs 140 crore turnover 321-clinic nationwide dental chain, says Sofia Danish Khan

Gift solution

Wedding Wishlist links soon-to-be-married couples with their friends to make gifting a meaningful exercise, helping the bride and groom set up their nest in their own style. Radhika Sudhakar meets Kanika, who brought gift registry to India

Growing together

After making some money by organising adventure trips, seven friends from a Delhi school embarked on their own business adventure, making 3D printers and revolutionising classroom learning in schools. Sofia Danish Khan tells us how it happened

 
Sweet legacy

As a descendent of Rasgulla’s founder, he rose up to fight Odhisha’s bid to take ownership of Bengal’s culinary legacy. But more than that, Dhiman Das pulled K C Das, the brand set up by his forefathers, from the red, says Gurvinder Singh

Reluctant whiz-kid

For a co-founder of a global IT company that makes Rs 700 crore a year, Milind Borate dreamt below par as a teenager, though he realised his potential in due course and set out on his own, taking risks and overcoming setbacks, says Anvi Mehta

Fitting success

Fighting her own obesity, Diksha Chhabra emerged a fitness guru by using technology, mainly social media, to the hilt and made a cool Rs 15 lakh last year, sitting at home, giving ample time for the family. Sofia Danish Khan has the story

No containing her

Rhea M Singhal was concerned that the use of aluminium and plastic in food delivery can cause more cancer in India and developed an eco-friendly alternative, an agri-based container, which is now a multi-crore business, says Sofia Danish Khan

Royal tea

Two bankers’ sons in north Chennai left their IT jobs to start out on their own, banking on the city’s love for tea and built a fortune in two years. Radhika Sudhakar had a tete-a-tete with Chai Kings, Jahabar Sadique and Balaji Sadagopan

Fragrant paper flowers

Bengaluru couple Harish and Rashmi have turned a simple childhood activity of making paper flowers into a Rs 64 crore turnover business. Usha Prasad traces their incredible life journey, 10 years of which were spent in Singapore and Australia