I bought my first company with great ambition, but the next 10 years were the toughest years of my life.
In 1976, I acquired Shamsher Sterling Cable Company but I had no money to pay the salary of my employees or buy the raw materials needed.
I spent my days visiting banks to clear my payments, and my nights reviving the closed cable plant. To make ends meet, I started 9 businesses in various fields: magnetic wires, different cables, aluminum rods, multiplexes with Warner Brothers –
but all of them failed, one after the other. Still, I never gave up. As much as I did not want to admit it, the stress of the financial crisis pulled me to my lowest. For three years,
slipped into depression and no one knew about it.
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I was determined to get my life back on track so I exercised and meditated as much as I could. When all hope was lost, I did what every individual does in testing times – I prayed.
From Mumbadevi to Siddhivinayak to Haji Ali to Mahim Church. To balance out the stress, I would go watch cinema – my biggest passion – which gave me an escape from reality.
I went to the premiere of Sholay at Minerva Talkies and watched my favourite stars walk the red carpet – Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Dharmendra and more.
I could not get in the hall but it was enough for me to stand outside.
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Today, when I look back, I realise that I was put through those testing times by the cosmos so I could be better prepared to handle the biggest achievement of my life – Vedanta. In order to succeed, you must first learn to fail.
Today, when I look back, I realize that I was put through those testing times by the cosmos so I could be better prepared to handle the biggest achievement of my life – Vedanta.
In order to succeed, you must first learn to fail.. Those ten years passed by and little did I know that my fate was about to change forever. In 1986, telephone cables were allowed, for the first time, to be manufactured by the private sector.
That changed everything…
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