Friends, We all are aware that life is a very long journey which has no ends, where we keep on moving till the end of our breath. Every one of us has lot many dreams and expectations from life. Some of us want to earn easy money in a night and enrich with all the comforts of life.
Here, I narrate you a story based on business & business ethics where you can see hard work, success, failure, betrayal, perseverance and achievement of a business man.
Shamrao, a mill-worker from Banaras was on his way to Mumbai, for setting up his new livelihood, as the rice mill where he worked shuts down all of a sudden and he became jobless. He was fed up with his life and family responsibilities. After having struggled a lot at his home town, he decided to come to Mumbai, the city of dreams.
In his train journey, he comes in contact with a stranger named Rajprasad. After conversing with each other over a while, they became good friends. He got to understand that Rajprasad was into a small business of food catering services. Shamrao was coming to Mumbai for the first time to meet his uncle for seeking his help in getting some job. After reaching Mumbai, Rajprasad helps Shamrao to trace his uncle’s place of stay. Then they exchange their contact numbers for being in touch with each other. For over some period, they had been in contact with each other, till Rajprasad leaves to Dubai for his new business proposal.
Later with his Uncle’s support, Shamrao anyhow managed to set his small income business of selling home-made food stuffs every door to door. As per the mutual understanding, he was supposed to give his 40% of the earnings in a day to his uncle for repaying his liabilities. He used to work hard day & night, visited home to home, shop to shop for getting delivered his food items. Initially his sale was quite low. Gradually, with his hard work & convincing powers he developed his earnings. Over a period of time, he repaid all his debts to his uncle.
Then later, he builds up his own small business of food catering services and also takes up a rented small house to stay with his family. His small family consisted of his wife Nirmala and only son Vihan. They lived happily with whatever they earned from their catering business which served all events like birthday parties, wedding, receptions & other functions, etc. The taste, flavor and his food quality was getting wide spread & in no time he earned remarkable profits out of it. His catering services became famous and well developed. He then sends his son Vihan abroad for higher studies. His only dream was to make his son a successful business man and develop into a hotel business sector.
After a long gap, Vihan returns back to India, he pursued his degree in hotel management. He supported his father Shamrao & fulfills his dream of hotel business, now they created their own group of hotels, known as, “Desi Group of Hotels.” Vihan met all his father’s expectations & desires.
In a short time, he captured his footsteps in hotel industries and turned into a great royal talented business man. Vihan successfully gained high reputation, name, fame, investments, assets & other own establishments. Shamrao was really very proud of his son. Later, as desired by his parents, he gets married to his father’s childhood friend’s daughter “Mala” from Banaras, who was from a poor family. Both Vihan and his family felt lucky to have Mala as their daughter-in-law and wife of Vihan.
Further, as Shamrao was getting old and tired, he felt that he had his talented and trustworthy son Vihan who looked after the business smoothly, so now he planned to rest at home.
Vihan became a very good business man, as the business grew day by day he also grew up with business. Gradually, he developed his life style and status as more wealth and success touched him. Later his occasional drinking, smoking and entertainment became his personal weakness. Day by day, he got more addicted into it, which then over a period of time, became his necessity.
As the work pressure was increasing, Vihan now decided to appoint a personal secretary to look after the daily schedule and routine tasks of his business. So, after interviewing lot many candidates, he appointed a female namely “Lisha” who came to him through his news paper ad reference. Lisha was young, smart and professionally talented lady. In a very short period of time, she could pick up her job role and performed with dedicacy and sincerity. Vihan was well pleased with her work qualities. Her beautiful catchy eyes and fascinating body structure always attracted him. She won Vihan’s trust and heart. Now he used to spend most of his time with Lisha apart from business tasks and drew more closely to her. He shared all his moments with her. He was blindly fascinated by her and felt that he can’t live even a single moment without her. So Lisha became more indispensable for him than his family and business. He never felt that he was betraying his family and business. He blindly poured money like water on all luxuries & over expenditure.
After a full drunk night party, the other day when he arrived at his office, he could find another man in his cabin on his seat. He was shocked to realize that his “Desi Group of Hotels” no longer belonged to him and now it is taken up by the Chairman & Founder of the “Raja’s Group of Hotels” named as Mr. Rajprasad. It took him no time to learn that, he had been betrayed by his personal secretary “Lisha”, now whose true identity was revealed to him as “Rajpriya”, the only daughter of Rajprasad. Vihan regretted for his mistake, he realized that he had been intoxicated by liquor and women, which made him wrongly sign on the legal documents of his assets.
Now he realized that he himself betrayed his family and business, so he immediately left to meet his family. But to his surprise, he found that his properties were also taken up by Rajprasad. When Vihan met his family there, he felt very sorry and ashamed for his act. He was not able to make an eye contact with his father Shamrao. But Shamrao understood his Son and went towards him with family. Vihan felt on his father’s legs and cried a lot. His family supported him. Vihan could learn from his father that Rajprasad was none other than a friend turned foe towards them due to some past business clashes and envy.
Now with his family support, Vihan gets the courage to fight back the situation. He buys a rental apartment with his father’s help for them to stay. Vihan started to sell all homemade food stuffs like his father Shamrao did in the beginning of evolving into business. Along with his father he visited door to door for selling the same. Initially they faced lots of difficulties. Later they could earn well and re-started their food catering services named as “Desi Caterers.”
Gradually, father and son together gained tremendous profits from their catering services even better than before. Now, they re-developed their hotel industry & named it again as their “Desi Group of Hotels.” On the other side, their old “Desi group of Hotels” (now merged as “Raja’s group of Hotels”) which was once taken up by Rajprasad turns bankrupted and they had placed an auction for sale.
Innumerable buyers approached them for purchasing it, but finally an anglo Indian approached Rajprasad for purchasing his Raja’s Group of Hotels at a remarkable handsome amount. After the sale was executed, Rajprasad realizes that this anglo-indian belonged to the “Desi Group of Hotels” a representative of Shamrao, who later arrived at the venue with his family for taking up the sold documents. Rajprasad gets totally shattered, when he understood that he had lost not only his hotel, even his home, properties and other business sectors were also gained legally now by Shamrao and his son Vihan.
Moral: “A mistake can cause you millions, but a lesson learnt in life can bring you billions.”