Crime & reformation

Sucked into the world of crime as a child, Laxman Ghole revelled in violence with police connivance. He came out of the maze after reading ‘My Experiments with Truth’ and is now a Gandhian helping jail birds kick the past, says Ketan Vaidya

Do delegate

To be a successful manager, you need to delegate work, says Dr Roopleen, sharing the secret of sharing responsibilities. Right hiring, dividing work, providing support sans interference and making clear what you want are some of the secrets

Twisted strength

A scrap dealer’s son comes up with one steel of an idea, gives it a twist and presents to the world ‘Amman TRY,’ a leader in TMT bars. P C Vinoj Kumar visits the steel plant in Trichy to find out how M Somasundaram created the Rs 800 crore company

Just desserts

It is not about serving a delicacy to diners but also about serving it the right way, say Pranshul Yadav and Arun Suvarna, whose Frozen Bottles has opened over 100 outlets in a span of just over two years. They open up to Chaithra Srinivas

Leading kindly

Growing up as a child feeling bad for anybody suffering, Anju Srivastava went on to become a social entrepreneur, lighting up lives, empowering her women employees and helping farmers earn more. Sofia Danish Khan meets the sensitive woman

Growth, uninterrupted

An electrical engineer, peeved by power fluctuations, developed a stabilizer while still working for a salary of Rs 1,000 in the 1980’s. He then set up a company, which achieved a turnover of Rs 350 crore in the last FY, says Gurvinder Singh

Dancers’ friend

A man, who left Bihar in search of greener pastures, landed in Dharavi and found his feet in Bollywood by touching the lives of top stars through his shoemaking skills. Anagha Sawant meets dance shoe maker Jameel Shah, a millionaire to boot

Wowing B-school

Two young and successful entrepreneurs opened up at the VIT B-School, one electrifying the crowd with his futuristic project on e-vehicles and the other explaining how Return on Capital Employed can amplify profits. A report by G Babu Jayakumar

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

Catching ‘em young

A mechanical engineer who ditched his high flying job in the US to start Payir, an NGO, to help rural communities get a better deal, inspired over 1000 students of the Mahatma Montessori Schools through The Weekend Leader’s ‘Be The Change’ event

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