HUMANITY AT ITS BEST
UNIQUE TIMES|October - November 2020
It’s been 34 years since I started my company. I was born and brought up in Ernakulam but was never interested in settling down amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Thus, I bought lands in several regions in Idukki and started my business here. This place and people taught me a lot.
ROY KURIAN

Roy Kurian was born in 1965 to Kuriakose and Eliyamma and was the eldest among the four siblings. Belonging to a poor family who practised traditional agriculture for a living, Roy Kurian rose to heights in the field of business with his determination, perseverance and down-to-earth attitude. He is a renowned self-made personality for the people in Idukki and inspires many to achieve their dreams.

Apart from being a businessman, Roy Kurian is also a planter who owns more than 100 acres of agricultural land and five quarries at various places in South India. He is also a part of the tourism industry by owning 5-star hotels and resorts in the suburbs of Munnar hills. Apart from this, he has also launched a helipad in Munnar in this regard and is now planning to buy a helicopter which will help people in travelling from Munnar to Kochi and Madurai to Munnar for any emergency as well as tourism purposes.

I had got selected into the army during this time but could not perform well in the interview. I had to stay here with my family and help my parents in paying off the debts. I don’t regret not performing well that day because by God’s grace life gave me everything I wished for soon after that.

What are your memories of childhood?

I was born in a village named Maalipara in Kothamangalam, Ernakulam. It is a place where my heart is even today. People over there are innocent and helpful who prefer to share each other’s happiness as well as tough times.They practised agriculture for a livelihood. Even my parents were fully involved in farming to take care of the family. So, I did not have the chance to go for further education and had to lend my hands. Nowadays, children spend three-fourth of their time studying and trying to achieve their ambition. I studied at Fathima Matha UP School till Class 7. I was not bright in studies but was good at Mathematics. At a young age, I was interested in agricultural activities and helped my parents in our fields. Currently, I own more than 100 acres of farms which cultivates pepper, cardamom and rubber.

When did you start doing business?

My father started a timber trade in 1974 and bought a lorry. My father was a meek person and was cheated several times because of which he suffered a huge loss in the business. Private financiers from whom we borrowed money added to our woes. I had got selected into the army during this time but could not perform well in the interview. I had to stay here with my family and help my parents in paying off the debts. I don’t regret not performing well that day because by God’s grace life gave me everything I wished for soon after that. My dream of achieving an identity in the field of business, which my father could not, has been fulfilled.

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