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Salesman to Adman

Himanshu Lohia sold SIM cards and Oxford dictionaries on Delhi streets, but went on to work in advertising companies before launching his startup in Manesar, which has achieved a turnover of Rs 6.5 crore in just two years, says Sofia Danish Khan

Monk Turned Entrepreneur

A young MBA graduate, who spent about a year and a half living like a monk in an ashram in Rishikesh, returned home bowing to parental pressure, got married, and today owns a toy and stationery brand with a turnover of Rs 120 crore, says Shyla F

Branding the Burger

Born into an army family, and sent to a residential army public school at age 13, Kabir Jeet Singh was expected to join the army, but he went on to start a burger brand that’s grown into a Rs 60 crore turnover burger chain, says Sofia Danish Khan

Fortune in Export

Son of an auto-rickshaw driver, Jaydeepsinh Vaghela is a Class 11 dropout, who started working from age 15 to support his family. Bilal Khan narrates the story of the Rajkot-based entrepreneur who has built a Rs 15 crore turnover export company

Nerves of Steel

Nikhil Gandhi had watched his father slogging at the family’s stainless steel tiffin box manufacturing. Today, he has built a Rs 20 crore turnover business, creating a brand, adding more products and exporting to several countries, says Anvi Mehta

The Great Comeback

Hailing from a middle class family in Meerut, Ankur Tyagi started a restaurant at age 21 along with a friend, but had to shut it down in two years due to labour issues. Sofia Danish Khan recounts how he bounced back to build a Rs 35 crore business

The Paper Queen

Poonam Gupta launched her paper trading company in Scotland as a single person from her home office in Greenock in 2003 with just a desk, chair, computer, and telephone line. Today, it has grown into a Rs 800 crore turnover company, says Shyla F

Greetings from Archies

From selling song books and posters of popular actors in a Delhi store, Anil Moolchandani built Archies into a pan-India brand that became synonymous with greeting cards, which is now being led by his son Varun Moolchandani, says Sofia Danish Khan

Realty in London

Tejinder Singh Sekhon came to UK at age 22 and started as a labourer digging building foundations, washing dishes, driving vans, distributing liquor and eventually went on to build a real estate business that is now worth Rs 600 crore, says Shyla F

Fast Growing Chain

Brothers Anand Nahar and Amrit Nahar jumped into the QSR business during the Covid pandemic and have built a 88-outlet restaurant chain in less than two years. The cumulative turnover of the chain has touched Rs 22 crore, says Chaithra Srinivas

Fairy Tale Journey

Hailing from a village in Madhya Pradesh, which had only a government Hindi medium school up to Class eight, Neha Mujawdiya defied the odds to leave the village to continue her studies, and eventually started an edtech company, says Bilal Khan

Samosa Dreams

Nidhi Singh and Shikhar Veer Singh quit their corporate jobs and sold their new house to start a samosa brand, which is nearing Rs 45 crore turnover. Shikhar had this dream of launching a samosa business for a long time, says Sofia Danish Khan

The Daring Entrepreneur

Neelam Singh started the first outlet of The Burger Company (TBC) with Rs 20 lakh from a 250 sq ft space in a mall in Gurugram with a single employee. In just four years, TBC has grown into a Rs 40 crore turnover 100-outlet burger chain, says Shyla F

Beauty for Ashes

Life was cruising smoothly for Jaikishaan Sharma, when an accident left him paralyzed waist below. Battling depression and self-pity, Jaikishaan fought back and reinvented himself as an entrepreneur and motivational guru in Australia, says Shyla F