Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Way to Go Man...

We have heard many stories about Heroism and leadership, and nothing inspires me as much as real life stories of folks who have charted a new path for themselves by there acts of courage conviction and self belief. Sarath Babu is another hero who covered the journey from the slums of Chennai and selling idlis on the street, to an MBA degree from IIM-Ahmedabad.

Like millions of other Indian kids who grow up in abject poverty, he dreamt of earning enough some day to take his mother away from the one room hut they stayed in, to a life of comfort. For most, such dreams remain stillborn. But Sarath Babu took life in both hands and looked fate in the eye. Last week, he emerged victorious. Today with an MBA degree from the country's premier BSchool, Sarath knows his and his mother's days of poverty are over.
I had a tough childhood and till I joined BITS-Pilani for my graduation, I thought everybody had a similar life,"he smiles, sitting in his room inside IIM-A.
"I was six when my father left us to face starvation. With a meagre salary of Rs 30 that my mother earned through a job in the state government's midday meal scheme, she managed to educate me and my siblings,"he recalls.
But despite all her problems, Deeparamani (Sarath's mother) never gave up. "She would make idlis and I would sell them on the streets. My mother has been my biggest inspiration,"he says. But if the story of a poor idli seller's son making it to a B-School raises eyebrows, what he has done now, leaves one stunned.

Just last week, Sarath refused a tempting package of Rs 8.5 lakh per annum - to start his own catering business.

"It would have been very easy to take up a corporate job and give my family all comforts they never had. But that's not my ambition. I'd rather have my own company and employ one person who can support four other lives,"he smiles.

And if you are wondering why he left the oh so cool corporate offer to start his actering business here what he had to say

"Serving someone food is an extremely satisfying feeling. The smile you get after giving good food to someone is an experience to cherish.”

Way to go man….


Nilesh said...

Again a nice one! I have become a regular visitor of your blog..Keep posting..

Mayank Krishna said...

Good post Ajit! Keep posting such inspiring stories.

Deepak Balasubramanian said...

Hi !..

This is the first time, I have been to your blog.

That is a truly inspirational post.

Check out my blog too..

Deepak Balasubramanian

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

Hi :)

I dont know if i've told u .. but ur blog template is very soothing ...

and the rags to riches story is true abt so many enterprenuers !!

i agree abt the feeding thingie

camelpost said...

Food King Sarath Babu Shares his Burning Desire at BITS Pilani

Serving someone food is an extremely satisfying feeling. The smile you get after giving good food to someone is an experience to cherish.

Sarath Babu hogged the media limelight all over after giving a leg bye to the tempting salary package offered at the IIM Ahmedabad placement for starting his Food King Catering.

On 28 April Sarath took time out of his busy schedule to visit his Alma mater Birla Institute of Technology and Science ( BITS ), Pilani ( Rajasthan ) from where he obtained his BE ( Hons ) Chemical Engineering for delivering a talk on Entrepreneurship - A Mission with Passion. The talk was organized by CEL - Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership and BITSAA - Birla Institute of Technology and Science Alumni Association.

Sarath was welcomed by Dr R K Mittal President of BITS Alumni Association with a colourful bouquet in the jam packed lecture theatre complex of the Institute. In his talk Sarath focussed on the Key elements in Entrepreneurship, Various Stages in a new venture, Entrepreneurship and its relevance to India and also Social Entrepreneurship.

Sarath opened his heart and explained the struggle from his childhood and how he zeroed on his Food King catering which was inaugurated by none other than Infosys Mr Narayana Murthy, an icon for the new generation of serious Indian entrepreneurs.

Food King Sarath conquered the audience by making them eat out of his hands during the question answer session

Dr S Venkateswaran the Vice Chancellor of BITS Pilani and the prime mover for decades of educational innovation gave his best wishes and blessings to Sarath for the success of his venture.

For more details about Food King contact sarath_bits@lycos.com

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