Today we are facing global recession and the only stories we are hearing on the news are the ones of grief, sadness and loss. So we decided to write about an Indian named Sarathbabu who grew up in dismal conditions but through his persistence, perseverance and belief in himself, he is now a successful entrepreneur employing over 200 people – most of whom are from the village he grew up in.
Sarathbabu grew up in the slums of Madipakkam within the metropolitan city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. His large family of 6 people was solely supported by his mother who had to work 2 jobs in order to sustain the family. During the day time she made idilis (rice cakes) and sold it on the roads of Chennai, in the sweltering heat.
As a boy, Sarathbabu was very intelligent; a topper throughout his years in school. He worked from a very young age to help pay his school fees by binding books. Very soon he got the taste of entrepreneurship and within a short while of graduating from 10th grade, he started his own business of binding books. He provided employment to the children of his own village. The good will that he built up with this decision to hire people from his own village set the stage for the success of his present venture, Foodking.
Upon graduating from one of the most premier management institutes in India – the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, he was offered a very lucrative job making Rs.20 lakhs per year. He turned down this offer in order to pursue his dream of helping the people he grew up with. His growth from the slums of Madipakkam to the posh regions of Hyderabad where he founded Foodking Catering Services, is no ordinary story.
His ambition had been to employ as many poor people as he can, and to improve the quality of their life. In all of this, he has not forgotten his mother- his inspiration; the root of his strong character and extraordinary success!
This inspiring rags-to-riches tale, that of the real life Slum Dog Millionaire, is one amongst the various stories that just goes on to show how one can succeed regardless of hurdles and difficulties that come in the way. If you couple the thought of good intentions with the qualities of integrity and sincerity- you have a venture that would see its way through any blinding storm.