Entrepreneurs of Tamilnadu to inspire you..!(Rags to Riches)

Teens are meant for dreams

20s are meant to executing the dreams

If you cannot execute your dream at 20s, you can make it possible even at 50s, but never let dreams go blur.

To achieve things age is not a barrier, some can touch their goal early, some may take long time, but reaching destination matters.

If you can dream it, you can do it. – Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

These days most of the students start their career in MNCs, some define their own field of interest and work hard to achieve there and very few wants to be an entrepreneur. Here, we will see some of the Indian entrepreneur who achieved their dreams and become unique icon. They started their business in small scale and reached big heights only because of their passion and courage to take risk. They are the best examples for the youngsters who dream to become a leader.

When you stay in a comfortable zone you cannot improve your life, no matter even you fail, at least you can learn your mistakes.

From an ice cream vendor to Chairman

Ice creams are crazily loved by all ages. We all have tasted Arun Ice cream at least ones. You know the founder of Arun ice cream is also an ice cream lover, who is one among the 41 Indian Billionaires.

It’s Mr.R.G.Chandramogan, Chairman and Managing Director of Hatsun Agro Product Ltd, which is the manufacturer of branded milk and ice cream and the largest private dairy in India. Arun Ice Creams, a popular ice cream brand in south India is owned by Hatsun Agro. Hatsun group is also producing Arokya and Gomatha, two popular milk brands in Tamil Nadu. The company is expected to cross 3000 crore rupees turnover in year 2009. He is one of the first generation of entrepreneurs from Sivakasi. Chandramogan was born in Thiruthangal, Sivakasi. He failed in 10th standard and discontinued his education early on to support his family. His family sold some property for 13,000 rupees with which he started RG Chandramogan & Co. and named it Arun ice cream. Initially he sold ice creams in roads for 10 paise.

Success will not come in a single step, it is a journey with lot of struggles and lessons one can reach the goal. – R.G.Chandramogan

It took 10 years to make Arun ice cream as a reliable and standard product. In order to survive in a economically big companies, Chandramohan decides to improve the marketing field. He did marketing management, export management and personal management in Sabari College.

In 1986, he renamed company name as Hatsun Foods Private Ltd. In 1991, it yields 3 crore profit. In 1995, he started to sell milk in the name of Arokiya which yields 1400 crore . In 2012, he started Ibacco ice creams. To collect milk, hatsun covers 8000 villages of 3.5 farmers.

Once I was in the confusion what to do with Rs.13000, one of my elder relative advised me to invest in gold and land for safer side, I decides to invest in business which is risky choice but now the returns are 1500 crore. – R.G.Chandramohan

A scientist’s thyroid and cancer diagnostic company

Here a scientist who moved out of comfortable government job and become first generation entrepreneur who offer cancer related imaging services at half the cost for the people.

Dr. A.Velumani (born April 1959) is an Indian scientist turned entrepreneur. He is the founder, chairman, and managing director of Thyrocare Technologies Ltd., a chain of diagnostic and preventive care laboratories headquartered in Navi Mumbai. He is also credited to be the founder and managing director of Nueclear Healthcare Limited, a radiology diagnostics company also affiliated to Thyrocare.

Arokiaswamy Velumani was born to a landless farmer’s family in a small village called Appanaickenpatti Pudur, near Coimbatore. He went to obtain his B.Sc. Degree from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya. After graduating in 1978, Velumani began with a job in 1979 at Gemini Capsules, a small pharmaceutical company in Coimbatore, as a shift chemist. After three years, the company was shut down. He then applied for a job at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for the post of laboratory assistant where he continued working for 14 years. During the same time, he also pursued his Master’s and Doctor’s degree and rose to the rank of scientist.

Velumani decided to set up his own thyroid testing laboratory, Thyrocare, in 1996. On this decision he didn’t consider anyone ones opinion. After resigning the job he informed his family. He is very confident in his decision and proceed strongly.

When you start to discuss on something with group of people, you will keep on discussing only, you cannot find a decision which satisfies you. So, Discuss or Decide. Decide what you really feel as passion and keep steps steadily.                                                              

 – Dr.A.Velumani

He improved the business model by introducing a franchisee model in his diagnostic laboratory and offered testing at very affordable rates. Under his leadership from past 20 years, Thyrocare has become a well-known and largest thyroid testing laboratory having a network of more than 1000 outlets across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Middle East. In April 2016, Thyrocare also witnessed a remarkable response in its Initial Public Offer (IPO) release with an over-subscription of 72.86 times and is claimed to be the second best show for an IPO since 2008.

Murugan Idly Kadai

Idly is one of the main South Indian dish. It is the dish with is very common and easy to prepare. But preparing smooth and soft idlies is not so common. Idlies made in Murugan idly kadai is as soft as jasmine. The shop has its name and fame all the world for its special idlies which was founded by S.Manoharan. He introduced the heritage and taste of South Indian to North India and various parts of the world.

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image credit :The Hindu

The foundations of Murugan Idli lie in a roadside shop. When Manoharan was small, his mother set up in the 1960s as a way to supplement the family income. The stall was nothing fancy other than soft idlies and two kinds of chutneys. But I was adamant Once, Chief Minister K Kamaraj driving by the side and, on seeing the crowd gathered there, stopped to eat idlis. From childhood Manoharan’s dream is to run a shop, but his parents were not happy with his decision. By the 1970s, the stall had expanded into a small, permanent shop named Murugan Coffee Nilayam. From childhood, Manoharan dream to run a shop, but his parents wanted him to get a bank job or a professor. For his parents wish, he went to college and completed the degree. He was very passionate on business and confidently he took his first towards his dream against the family.

No matter what people think or say, the future is yours, you have to decide what you should be.

In 1993, Manoharan took over the shop, he added more seating capacity and modernised the interiors. The store was rechristened Murugan Idli Kadai and the menu expanded beyond idlis to include other “tiffin items”. Within two years, Manoharan had opened two more branches in Madurai and in a span of 10 years, with an annual turnover of Rs 30 lakh. Manoharan opened the city’s first Murugan Idli Kadai at T Nagar, a bustling shopping area. Six months later Murugan Idli had to open a second kadai in T Nagar to cope with the demand. There are now 10 Murugan Idli Kadais across Chennai. In 2008, Murugan Idli Kadai opened a branch in Singapore and shortly opening in United Kingdom. Totally the shop yields revenues of Rs 25 crore and is now eyeing markets in Delhi and Mumbai with ambitious plans of opening 300 branches across India in 10 years.

Started as a roadside stall Manohar lift his shop to the world famous restaurant. He was so passionate on delivering authentic South Indian dishes with high quality and perfect recipes.

The bird seller to become a Entrepreneur

A boy showed his entrepreneurial spirit in fifth standard itself by selling pigeons, a lot of fish and a large variety of birds for pocket money. Later he become chairman and managing director of CavinKare.

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Yes, its Mr. C K Ranganathan has clear notion to be a business man from childhood. Ranganathan’s journey, which started from a small town of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, has been an amazing one. A business which he started with only with Rs 15,000 is now worth Rs 500 crore (Rs 5 billion).

He learnt the first entrepreneurial lessons from his father, Chinni Krishnan, who started a small-scale pharmaceutical and cosmetics packaging unit. C K Ranganathan was not good at studies. His siblings were good in studies. He was the odd one out. While his siblings studied in English medium schools, he was put in a Tamil medium school. He used to suffer from an inferiority complex because of his poor academic record.

His father died when he was studying college. After studies he joined the family business, but he left because of clash between the siblings. He went out with salary of Rs.15000 and started shampoo manufacturing company, named it as Chik after his father. He remembered his father’s principle that is,

Whatever I make, I want the coolies and the rickshaw pullers to use. I want to make my products affordable to them – Chinni Krishnan.

When Multinational companies sold products in big bottles in fancy stores, C K Ranganathan gave small sachets in rural market, which was highly attracted by middle class and low class people. The sales went up from Rs 35,000 to Rs 12 lakh (Rs 1.2 million) a month. His market share increased in 1992, he became the number one in South India. It took nine years for to overtake his brothers’ business.

In 1998, CavinKare was named after his father’s initials. Cavin in Tamil means beauty and grace. As a beauty cosmetics company, they manufactured Meera herbal powder, spinz, fairever and indica hair dye. They become the largest brand in rural Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, etc. He also launched Ruchi pickles and number standing number one.

Team work and innovation are the secret of my success

– C K Ranganathan.

Author of the article: Sumitha Madhavan


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