But not everybody’s struggle stories have we heard. While we know of famous entrepreneurs like Dhirubhai Ambani, Ratan Tata and Anand Mahindra who went from rags to riches through drudgery and determination, Small Enterprise Magazine brings to you the experiences of four lesser-known Indian entrepreneurs who have worked hard in life to thrive and succeed.
From battling an abusive marriage to selling snacks and beverages on a mobile cart, Patricia Narayan is a hero we all must know. She was disowned by her father for having an inter-caste marriage and had to deal with mental and physical torture of her drug addict husband. Patricia took help from her mother to open a mobile cart on Marina Beach in Chennai while she took care of her two children. She tried to reach out to a few canteens in Chennai for business and in 1998, became the director at a restaurant in the city. A few years later, Patricia lost her husband and daughter. In the memory of her daughter, she and her son opened their first restaurant ‘Sandeepha’ and now have hundreds of employees working for them. Patricia Narayan received the ‘FICCI Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in 2010 for her hard work and achievements despite facing extreme devastations.
Back in the 90s, the city of Mumbai saw a man emerging from a state of poverty into a successful entrepreneur – Prem Ganap