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SUNIL NEGI

To start a new business from a rubble, money is not the primary requirement but the strong and unbeatble confidence and will that makes a budding businessman into a giant entrepreneur one day. Money ofcourse play a vital role but it’s basically the will and determination to excel in one’s chosen field with a considerable thrust that makes the entrepreneur progress by leaps and bounds.

These were the views of the renowned entrepreneur of Uttarakhand in Delhi, the enterprising managing director of prestigious SPARK TECHNOLOGY S. R. Nautiyal with its headquarter in Delhi having a credible and dedicated technological workforce of 125 experienced personels with an annual turnover of 125 crores and the working capital of 25 crores. Starting from a scratch with few thousand rupees in his pocket and primarily an engineer by profession S R Nautiyal studied in his village primary school under the keroscene lamp when electricity was the luxury in Uttarakhand villages.

Addressing a limited gathering of selected entrepreneurs in IIC auditorium today, the 14th October, 2017 under the banner of 2nd Uttarakhand Business Summit and Award-2017 organised for the second time by SHAIL SAVERA newspaper SR Nautiyal appealed to the aspiring entrepreneurs to create a credible will and confidence in themselves and give up the apprehension of loss thus ready to confront risks before success.

He emphatically said without risk no business succeeds and without success one can’t achieve the prospective goals. But being ready for the worst is the key to success in entrepreneurship. Nautiyal urged for the need to organise many more such summits and seminars in Delhi and other metropolies of the country in order to inspire and encourage the budding young entrepreneurs of Uttarakhand in the near future.

He offered to provide advise and other form of support and assistence to the budding entrepreneurs who intend to start new business ventures. The Director/ chairman of Hythro Power Corporation Private Limited GS Rawat was very enthusiastic in his address who runs the company in power projects and advertising and has the wealth and assests of worth 200 crores primarily carrying behind an engineering background and voluntarily retiring from government service as an executive engineer. Rawat who belonged to a modest family and studied in a school several kilometers away from his village borrowed shoes from his friends due to abject poverty but carved his enlightened future by the niche of his hard work and perseverance to do something different and economically prosperous in his life.

He passed his engineering despite abject poverty and finally succeeded in building an empire worth more than two hundred crores. Always inspiring and according encouragement to the people of UK ( Uttarakhand) Rawat says that no business is small or big. You can start a business of hospitality services with just a duster, broom and a mop. What an initial entrepreneur primarily requires is his or her outstanding knack to start a business irrespective of the fact that he/ she succeeds or fails.

Anuj Nautiyal a young entrepreneur from Bengaluru gave a very inspiring speech who todays run prestigious Red Roots with an employee strength of 400 having started his business from the scratch at the inimaginable age of mere 26 years and having travelled by now half of the world. He specifically flew to Delhi from Bengaluru alongwith a friend entrepreneur with a return ticket the same evening having his Delhi office at Bara Khamba Road, New Delhi. A young entrepreneur with precision Anuj Nautiyal, the MD of prestigious Red Roots started his business with real estate and finally reaching the top today. Nautiyal is a positive entrepreneur who believes in always encouraging young budding entrepreneurs to say them A BIG YES always irrespective of the fact that even if they loose at the first instance they need to be encouraged to go further but NEVER SAYING NO OR IF BUTS TO THEM.

A highly enterprising man still young Anuj today holds a high reputation as a progressive entrepreneur with a positive bent of mind never ever believing in pessimism but only positivity. Gopal Rawat of Uttarakhand Fresh in his address hoped that the Uttarakhand entrepreneurs would come forward to prove their budding entrepreneur abilities and outstanding talents and make sure that success ultimately touches their feet by the dint of their hard work and perseverence.

Aditya Ghildiyal, President of Greater Noida Industrial Organisation congratulated the organisers of this event and gave constructive tips to budding entrepreneurs of Uttarakhand to come forward more corageously to confront risk factors to finally come out triumphant as succesful businessmen.

All the entrepreneurs were felicitated for their outstanding achievements and an unanimity was arrived at that more and more such summits and seminars would be organised in Delhi and other parts of the country to enthuse mre and more Uttarakhandi youths to make their respective forays into business world instead of preferring government and private jobs that keep them confined to limited salaries and kill their abilities to excel further as potential businessmen despite the fact that they possess tremendous abilities and potential to go through as succesful entrepreneurs.

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You should know that there is nothing more thrilling than giving an identity to something you formed, out in this highly competitive world. Bringing out your business in the market is an interesting, entertaining but at the same time a challenging and rewarding part. From this you can make this out that your future is really in your own hands. Ensure that you work really hard to attain success.

Taking out this mask of an “easy” image of your business, this is really important for you to notice that apart from all its positives it also has some negatives. There exist some bleak actualities that you need to know. You just need to know on how to face these challenges while running your business in order to make it a hit amongst your competitors.

Ÿ Finance Management

In order to let the small businesses survive cash flow is mandatory. It is the most vital component of a business, whether small or big. Entrepreneurs specially engaged in the small businesses face this financial issue. The main problem that stands here is “delayed payments”. Whenever you serve any of your customer, then the payment made by him/her may take a couple of days. Under these couple of days you have to pay your bills, hire employees, and give salaries and incentives to your employees. All this has to be done by you, whether you pay them from your pockets or business’s old earnings.

Ÿ Time planning

   The major obstacle faced by a small business entrepreneur is the “time management”. A small business has to work on so many products and the clients of varied nature that it many times fails to manage the time effectively. If you’d have more time, you’d have acquired more work and money. You just have to be smart enough on how to manage time and planning every task/operation accordingly. Managing your time leads to making money.

Ÿ Hiring staff members

The hiring procedure of the employees may consume a lot of time of yours. It includes examining your aspirants’ resumes, taking their interviews, mailing them the confirmation etc. After all this is done the only thing left with you is hoping that you can provide the best salary package and take out the best employee for your business to start working and take your enterprise to great heights. You just have to focus in how to build up the relationship between the boss and the employees.

Ÿ Impoverished Budget

Your cash budget seems fine, does it? But are you fully satisfied with this? One of the major problems for a small business is that even if your cash flow is doing fine you do not have enough budgets to take your company to its full potential. You need to spend your money in the areas where there are worthy to be spent. You can save the cash and keep it for all the other miscellaneous and operating expenses in the near future. Spend in those operating areas where you are sure of or are expecting the returns and ensure you are never in a loss.

Ÿ Choose what to deal in

   You should know what to sell. Just seek out in the market and see what your competitors are dealing in and what different and unique you can do to stand out in the crowd. You can examine the tastes, preferences and the trending things among your target customers. If you are weak in identifying the prosperous niches then choose the person who is stronger in this area to work on. You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money in this, just hire a freelance researcher who is an expert in the field you are interested to work on.

 

Thus, having a look at the above pointers you can conclude that an entrepreneur either of a small business or a big enterprise has to face many challenges while struggling to get his business to the new heights. Just keep this mind, you are not the sole person who is struggling there are much more like you but you can seek the help of people who can take you out of the darkest days of your struggling to the brightest day of Success.

 

 

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SUPER STAR OF THE MILLENIUM Rajesh Khanna – How I met  him for the very first time/  Sunil Negi
I had been the ardent fan of Rajesh Khanna since my childhood days. I fondly remember,  when I was in Nagpur till the third standard of St Francis De Sales Higher Secondary School and later on when shifted to Delhi in 1960 and thereafter during the seventies when Rajesh Khanna’s stardom was on the peak, I have not
left his single movie and had special charm and adoration for his special style n outstanding histrionics  as a most loving n a popular super star. I almost saw all his movies. During the seventies n eighties Rajesh gave more than 10 to 15 super duper hits in a row making him the topmost Bollywood celebrity and his movies like Aradhana, Kati Patang, Dushman, Anand, Amar Prem, Bawarchi, Akhiri khat, Ittefaaq, Do Raaste etc were super dupers hits making his fans n followers literally mad n crazy. Never ever in Bollywood’ s history has any one witnessed such a blind liking for any movie celebrity.  He was termed
as a God of Bollywood by his millions of fans around the globe, particularly by the
Indians as is Sachin Tendulkar in cricket. Rajesh Khanna alias Kakaji had by then assumed a special superstardom  status in
Bollywood and I think for more than a decade or so until the eighties there was nobody
parallel to him as Superstar, a term used for the first time by Indian media for any Bollywood star. Newspapers, periodicals, film magazines of repute and journals were full of Rajesh Khanna’s picture in style on cover donning him as the God of the industry. People were eagerly behind him as his ardent fans, particularly the women and girls, especially the college going ones. During those days, there had been a number of incidents of even girls writing letters to him with their blood pledging to marry him n kissing his Impala full of lipstick marks whenever he was n the shooting or waiting for him endlessly at his bungalow Ashir Vad to have a few moments’ first-hand glimpse. Such was his aura then. When Kaka married Dimple there had been a number of suicide attempts as well by a number of young girls who’d married him in their dreams and never wanted Khanna to be the husband of another woman. Such was the aura or image of this film icon carrying behind him a huge fan following nationally as well as internationally amongst the Indian fans. After having seen such a madness for Rajesh Khanna alias Kaka, a person like me was also impressed by his stardom. One will not believe that such was Rajesh’s impression in my heart and mind about him as an ardent fan that I used to see him in my dreams even as being in my closeness( proximity)  cheerfully talking to me. I always had a desire to meet him one day and if possible to be in his close proximity. Though, I knew this feeling and thinking was no less than a mere dream. It wasn’t either possible. Kahan sadi ka super star Rajesh Khanna aur kahan mere jaisa chota sa insaan. But it was just a matter of chance n perhaps God willing that in 1992 or so, not exactly remembering the exact date , while I was working for a Uttar Pradesh Daily stationed in New Delhi as its special correspondent, with my bureau office in INS BUILDING at RAFI MARG , NEW DELHI,  I happened to be in the office of All India Congress Committee 24, Akbar Road in the afternoon . While talking to one of my journalist friends’, I noticed a person with some people around him, looking similar to celebrity Rajesh Khanna. In spotless white Kurta Pyjama, giving quite an extraordinary glamorous look, extremely fair in complexion rather with the fresh reddish face it was Kaka only, smilingly emerging out of AICC building after meeting the then General Secretary of AICC Najma Heptulla. The moment he came out, hundreds of people rushed towards him to have his minutest glimpse. I too was very crazy for him and as such went to him in desperation and shook hands after great difficulty. I remember, there was, at that point in time only one photo journalist to take his exclusive picture and he was none other than Praveen Jain of Business n Political Observer newspaper, later joined Indian Express. I was so impressed to see Kaka that day that I made up my mind to meet him in future as well if I get an opportunity.
The next day there was news about Rajesh Khanna’s probable candidature from New Delhi parliamentary constituency from Congress party. He was primarily Rajiv Gandhi’s special choice as the former prime minister of India was also Rajesh’s ardent fan, the fact which very few people know. Though the then General Secretary of AICC and Indira Gandhi’s former special political assistant for long, R. K Dhawan too played a prominent role in making Rajesh Khanna agree to Rajiv’s proposal to contest from the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency but the actual story was something else. Actually the BJP’s stalwart and the then prospective PM candidate of the opposition minus the left Advani was the BJP’s parliamentary candidate from this elite constituency represented by the lower and upper middle class, majority of them being the traders, government servants with Rashtrapati Bhawan n entire lutyens’ Zone of VVIP’S FALLING under it. Rajiv Gandhi the then prime minister of India wanted Rajesh to contest against Advani so that not only is Advani defeated to give a rebuff to the entire opposition of the country but also to force the BJP leader to stay intact in New Delhi, not able to campaign nationally for BJP candidates. In Rajiv’s analysis defeat of Advani would amount to huge loss to the Congress’s immediate rival BJP NATIONALLY.Though Rajiv Gandhi was very impressed and fond of Rajesh Khanna and want to make him contest from New Delhi, the actual strategy was to defeat the BJP stalwart Advani by using Kaka’s glamour and craze that existed for him in the New Delhi area. on the other hand, Rajesh Khanna too wanted to take a chance in politics and was keenly desirous to sit in Indian Parliament as an MP, the desire the superstar had since long. So Rajesh willingly accepted Rajiv Gandhi’s proposal and was asked to see the then AICC Genl. Secy. Najma Heptulla. It was because of this, that Kaka was at 24, Akbar Road. After Kaka left AICC office, I too came back to my INS office and was busy as usual in my daily routine of dispatching news. While busy I started thinking where could Kaka be staying the very night. So, I got involved in trailing him. I enquired from my personal contacts in AICC and came to know that he is staying is a palatial suite of Hotel Ashok in Chanakyapuri for a day only. I was too anxious to meet him though had no chance, thinking that why would a superstar at all give me an appointment, particularly to a nonentity like me and also since I am not knowing him from any angle. in the evening I had been to Press club. I consumed a bottle of beer and came back to my INS office of the newspaper I worked with. After relaxing for some time, my cousin Rajendra Shah came to meet me. While talking to him, my mind was actually involved in establishing contact with Rajesh Khanna, by hook or by crook. I rang the number of Hotel Ashok’s reception and enquired whether Rajesh Khanna is staying there. The reply from the other end was a prompt yes, and that he is in his suite. I was too amazed and happy to hear that. I asked about his room number and expressed my desire to talk to him. The operater at the other hand connected me to his suite. It was around 7.30 or 8 in the evening. The gentleman on the other end replied, yes, whom do you want to talk. I said, Rajesh Khanna. He enquired about my credentials with asking me – who are you?  I gave my reference and expressed my desire to meet him. Initially, he ( Mr. Stevan Fernandiz, Kaka’s then close trusted friend and sort of as assistance) refused but on my insistence and saying that since he is contesting the New Delhi parliamentary election on Congress ticket, I can be of great help to him for media coordination and also politically since I had worked with late HN Bahuguna and leaders ministers’ in the then ruling Congress party as well for a pretty long time. I said if Kakaji will seek my support and help I can be of immense use for him. Just give me a chance to meet him and deliberate. Stevan Fernandez was in a fix for a moment n asked for my number and said he will get back to me as early as possible. I was too polite and emphatic while talking to him. He kept the phone and I got busy with my cousin Rajendra Shah in usual gossips thinking that I won’t get any call from him.  Moreover, I was too tired also as the day was too hectic that day. But to my utter surprise and shock, I got a call back in just 10 minutes.Thinking that it would be a usual call from some friend, I picked the phone. The voice from the other end said this is Stevan Fernandez from Kakaji’s room. Is Mr. Sunil Negi there. I was thrilled, I said yes, speaking. Stevan said, he had spoken to Kakaji about me and my proposal. He is willing to meet me, but said since he is leaving for Mumbai the other day, can it be possible to come at Hotel Ashok at 11.00 PM. Since it was too late a time I said can’t it be for the other day? But Stevan said, it’s not possible and if I won’t come perhaps it won’t be possible in future as thereafter Kakaji will be too busy in his elections and other engagements. I agreed and asked Rajendra Shah to accompany me. We passed some time in the office and then hired a three wheeler for Hotel Ashok at 11.00 PM. On reaching the Hotel I boarded a lift and located Kakaji’s suite, he was staying in. I knocked the door. Stevan came out and said yes. I said, I am Sunil Negi. He said come, come Kaka is waiting for you since long. I went inside and was made to sit in a sofa. I was too thrilled thinking that ultimately my dream came true as today I would be meeting a Superstar, the God of Bollywood . It was just like a dream come true. After having a glass of water in a dim light, I saw a gentleman in shining spotless white kurta pyjama with red face emerging out of the room coming towards me. I stood up in shock and folded my hands to say Namaste. He put forward his hand and said Hi, I am Rajesh Khanna. Oh My God what a thrilling experience holding Kakaji’s soft hand into my hand. He asked me to take the seat. Accompanying him was a senior journalist and the then minister in Manmohan Singh government Rajiv Shukla. On seeing Rajiv, I said amazingly . You are omnipresent. Kakaji laughed loudly and tried to re introduce him to me. We sat together for more than an hour and discussed many things about his election preparations.  I offered myself to work with him and manage his media to which he agreed forthwith, looking towards veteran journalist  Rajiv Shukla. I told him, that since he is contesting this election for the first time in New Delhi which is an unknown destination for him, he will have to be too cautious of the ill designs of various political groups within the Delhi Pradesh Congress party. i also told him that since he is a non political man and completeley unaware about things in Delhi politically as well as from other points of view he will have to keep with him some trusted people around, some from Mumbai and some from Delhi. He readily agreed to my suggestions. I also told him that since he is a renowned superstar,  things will not be that easy for him in Delhi as politicians and workers may misguide and out of desperation create problems for him as every poltical group in the Congress will try to exploit the situation to their benefit during the elections and that his position will be in quandry. Regarding media management, I assured him of my fullest cooperation to which he not only agreed to seek my permanent help but also said that he needs a matured and experienced people like me to be with him. I was really pleased by his welcome gesture and highly affable nature. After say an hour or so I finally asked for his leave but I was surprised that Kaka wanted me to stay there for some more time. I was worried about my transportation to reach home as it was 1.00 am midnight. I asked for his leave finally but while bidding bye he asked me to definitely meet me in Delhi after two three days when he comes back finally to Delhi again to contest the election to which I nodded my head in affirmation. O my God I was so badly thrilled that I have no words to express. I was living in Nanakapura, New Delhi those days. I reached my house at 2.00 having got the three wheeler after a long wait. I could not sleep that night thinking just about the golden days of Rajesh KHANNA the super star of seventies and eighties with whom I sat for more than an hour and a half for the very first time in 1991-92. It was really a dream come true. From next day, I was busy as usual. After two or three days, while going through the newspaper, I learnt that Rajesh Khanna is back to Delhi and he is filing his nomination papers from New Delhi as the official Congress candidate. There was hundred and thousands of people with scores of cars, trucks, busloads and leaders and what not at the time of filing nominations. I couldnt go there and was neither willing to be the part of this nomination filing ceremony due to uncontrollable rush. I just forgot about things. But the otherday, I thought,  I should find out as to where Rajesh Khanna is and let me try to meet him as he had asked me to see him when he comes back to Delhi from Mumbai. So I called my friend Shivanand Chandola, a journalist runing his own newspaper from South Extention, New Delhi. I asked him to drop at INS building so that we can to go to see Rajesh Khanna, the super star. Chandolai readily agreed and came to my office at 4 in the evening. In the meanwhile I got the authentic information about Kakaji’s where abouts. He was in 15 Canning lane, New Delhi from where his election was being conducted. From INS building it is hardly a half an hour or even less walking distance. I alongwith Chandolaji started for 15 Canning Lane. As soon as we reached the office, we saw a huge rush of Congress workers desperately waning to se and meet Kakaji. His then PA Acha Anand, acting legend Devanand’s real nephew and producer and Stevan Fernandiz were in real fix as everybody wanted  Kakaji’s programme in their areas for campaigning and things were in total mess. Acha Anand was too furious to see the uncontrollable mob. The media persons were too in a heywire position not able to find a proper person to take Kaka’s bytes or interviews. During those days Electronic channel didn’t had its so much of say except Doordarshan n foregn channels . The print media was more in demand. While I entered the Canning lane Office with Chandola, I was surprised to see Kaka alongwith his old astrological friend Bharat Upmanyu likely to sit in the  car to head for campaigning or to meet some leaders of Congress party. While they were likely to peep in I immediately rushed to Kaka and patted him from behind. He looked at me grimly and asked smilingly, yes, I said in a huff, didn’t you recognise me. I am Sunil Negi, met you in Hotel Ashok the other day and you’d asked me to meet you (Rajesh Khanna) when you come back from Mumbai. And here I am. he said oh, now I recognise you. I thought he will go , but to my utter surprise and pleasure, he immediately asked his driver to park the car on the side and  came out accompanying me with Bharat Upmanyu in side the room of the bunglow, gentlyplacing his hand on my shoulders. Mr. Rajiv Shukla was already seated there inside, perhaps managing the media. Kakaji introduced me to Shukla saying do you remember who is he. Shukla nodded yes, Sunil Negi. Kakaji, took me to the inner lawn and said yaar Negi, yahan to bura haal hai, tumne theek hi kaha tha. There is total confusion. Nobody is able to handle the media. The pressmen are annoyed. Not knowing what to do. Negi, can you take charge of my media coordination from tomorrow. I’ll be really thankful to you. He asked Rajiv Shukla, what do you think about Negi. I am giving the total media coordination of my election to him. Rajiv Shukla replied in affirmative, Negi fit aadmi hai. kakaji, inse badhia aur professinally experienced aapko mil hi nahi sakta. Kaka asked me with folded hands, Negiji Please manage it. I was too grateful to him for requesting me so humbly. That was the day and till his death I was with him. Though, I helped him as his media advisor and managed all his elections in media corordination exercise as well as in mycapacity as one of the organisers, I was not his employee. I did it entirely on my free will and with independence and Kaka was too obliged and grateful to me for whatever contribution I made during and after his elections to boost his image as an MP and politician. Where there is a will there is a way. My inner affection, adoration and love for Kaka since my childhood days was the main factor that ultimately brought me in close proximity to him. It was indeed a very golden period to have worked with Kakaji so closely watching him working, behaving, talking, acting and dealing with electorates, friends n even foes of politics n bollywod for atleast two decades in the capacity of his Media Advisor.
Sunil Negi,

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Both of you are always the tom and jerry of the house, no weapon no superhero can stop a brother sister from fighting. Both of them think they are the real bahubali but at last flying chappal of their mother works to stop them!

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You always fight with your brother/sister over the remote of television to watch your favourite TV show, as if not getting the remote will make losses in business deals!

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For a brother his sister is always a “moti” since she is born and will always stay a “moti” for him. Teasing her sister with saying “moti bhains” is a brother’s favourite time pass.

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You two are always each other’s “partner in crime” and can do anything to save each other, no matter how much you fight and hate your brother/sister.

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Most annoying dialogue a sibling can hear is “TU TO ADOPTED HAI, TUJHE MUMMY PAPA CHATTARPUR KE MANDIR SE LAYE THE”

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Agreed or not your brother/sister always acts as a saviour to you, whether it is escaping from the lecture forth-coming from mom/dad, or hanging out with friends. They can be a perfect liar at that moment!

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You fight over small things let it be the bathroom, sleeping on the right side of bed or taking the car keys to hang out with friends. There is never a fixed decision or solution and the fight continues for ever and ever…eternal fight..

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Funny thing is brothers always beg their sisters to help in completing their assignments and projects, because they know how to emotionally blackmail their sisters.

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If you touch your brother/sister’s stuff – they make sure that you are dead, because their stuff is more important to them than your life!

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But but but no other relation can beat a brother sister relation. No matter how much we hate our brother/sister the truth is we love them the most and miss them the most when they are far away from us.

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I too have a brother/ sister who irritates me but loves me as well. hope most of you can relate to these things and can revive your memories!!