Like any visionary, he was driven by single-minded focus. His dream was to be a part of the nation-building effort. But coming from a modest background, the challenges were many.
He knew that if at all there was one way he could live his dream, it was by being an entrepreneur. He dropped out of college, landed in a city that was synonymous with dreams and making them come true – Mumbai. He started off by sorting diamonds at Zaveri Bazaar, followed by trading them and a few years later, got into plastics business where he learnt the intricacies of global trade.
This was the 1980s, when entrepreneurship was hardly an exciting opportunity for youngsters. There was barely any infrastructure or support system for an entrepreneur who wanted to test new waters. But he was relentless in chasing that one dream that stayed with him throughout this journey – his desire to build something big and be a part of the nation-building process. He took challenges head-on.
Even if it meant opening up to business avenues in what were then relatively new sectors that no one wanted to bet upon.
Even if it meant the country did not have the required infrastructure to support new kinds of business ventures. Nothing deterred him.
At the time, he was a budding entrepreneur who travelled by general class on a train like millions of Indians. But his dynamism, his zeal for entrepreneurship and the drive to succeed saw him building a business that was aligned with a vision focused on the nation's growth.
In a span of 25 years, his belief in self-reliance and a 'do-it-yourself' philosophy; his persuasion skills and rigorous hard work, saw him expanding his business across diversified segments that would add value to the country's economy. By building a business that has a stronghold in infrastructure, resources, logistics, energy or agriculture, he has put India on the world map.