1976, I was all of 18, and when I stepped into the world of business, the capital I had in my hand was 20,000 rupees.
All entrepreneurs make decisions. Some will go right, and some will not go that right.
The vision that we and the Rothschilds have for India is to link Indian fields to the world and put the produce, as fresh as it can be, on Western tables in 4-5 days.
Government must make spectrum free. There should be free network, but it is not happening.
I started with capital of about $1,500, a princely sum for a student coming out of college, an amount I borrowed from my father.
I wanted to prove that a son of a politician can be a successful businessman.
If you can teach a child, then her family and her future is taken care of.
In 1983, the government imposed a ban on the import of gensets. I was out of business overnight. I was in trouble.
You can choose to be very profitable very quickly if you don't want to grow.
Africa is not for the weak-hearted: infrastructure issues are there. The middle class is absent in most of the countries. We have to cater to the low end of the market to grow.
All competitors are fierce competitors; Vodafone is the world's second largest company. We fight it each day. Idea Cellular is big and successful, too. Competition is competition; we are used to it.
As a child, I was rather active for my age. Sensing something special about me, my father told me that I had the vision to accomplish great things in life. He always encouraged me to do what I wanted to do - and this has stood me in good stead.
Even while in school - initially, Vineberg Allen in Mussourie, and later, a number of schools in Ludhiana - I aspired to achieve great things in life. Admittedly, I wasn't quite sure about what these great things would be.
For me, relationship is very important. I can lose money, but I cannot lose a relationship. The test is, at the end of a conversation or a negotiation, both must smile.
I had the chance to witness the evolution of the Nuclear Deal into Dr. Singh's legacy as he assiduously, piece by piece, crafted the Indo-US nuclear deal against all odds, including risking his government.
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