Friday, December 4, 2009

Holy Verses

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, Who say, when afflicted with calamity: "To God We belong, and to Him is our return".

"Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Your presence and dispose of our affairs for us in the right way".

"Our Lord! Grant that our spouses and our offspring be a comfort for our eyes, and give us the grace to lead those who are conscious of You."

"Our Lord! In You we have placed our trust, and to You do we turn in repentance for unto You is the end of all journeys."

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Meeting Expectations: A daunting task

Every success is clubbed with responsibility. I remember there was a dialogue in the first spiderman movie, the old uncle of Peter Parker tells him "With power comes responsibility, so you need to be more responsible now". This fair advice of that gentle uncle of Peter Parker has been etched in my mind.

When I retrospect and look at myself. I find various roles that I take during a day. I am an entreprenuer. I am a professor. I am a consultant. There are always people who look at me for advice. For suggestions. For guidance. I cannot afford to be rash and irresponsible to them. Also, You have granted me lots of recognition My Lord! and this has enlarged my diameter, now there are more eyes scanning my behaviour, looking at me and wanting to emulate me.

But My Lord! I know and You know better how vulnerable I am. How weak I am. How sinful I am. My every step is full of sins. I look upto to You to take me out of this well and bless me with Your divine nearness so that I can be a guide, a mentor, a leader in a true sense. I want to rise in Your eyes. I want to meet all the expectations which people around want from me and I also want to meet Your expectations; a daunting task if I tried on my own. But a very simple task if You help me. So do help me attain that divine position.

Bless my holy prophet and his holy progeny and make me meet all Your expectations. Make my life a super success in both the worlds. O My Lord! The Omnipotent! The Omnipresent!

Long-live my mentors!

Time and again it has been proved that every good thing to happen, it needs sacrifice and hardwork. If I take my case, then whatever I have achieved is the result of the great sacrifice my parents gave, when they sent me away from them for a good quality education. They sacrificed their love and affection since they wanted me to be a good human being. To be successfull. Instead of sending me to a good boarding school, they chose to send me to my uncle (mentor), so that I may get benefit of both the worlds. I would be worldly wise and gain a lot in spirituality.

If the sacrifice of my parents is big, then no lesser is the hardwork and sincerity of my guardian uncle in making me what I am today. He is an authority in spirituality, and I am following his footsteps to gain few pearls of spiritual wisdom from him. I am a sinner and I do realize my place, but I aspire to be with them always.

My Lord! Bless my holy prophet and his holy progeny and shower Your limitless love, grace, affection and kindness on my guardian, his children, his grand children and his entire family. Also shower Your kindness on my mother and make me her obedient son. Give my father a large kingdom in Your heavens. After-all whatever I have achieved is their success not mine. So bless all of them always. O My Lord! The Omnipotent! The Omnipresent!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Star Entrepreneur Award: My Lord! I thank You a million Times

"3rd International India Innovation Summit is the pre-summit to the WorldHrdCongress 2010, this pre-summit will be held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai on 11th February 2010. I have received the mail from the Global chairman of the advisory council to the summit, that they have decided to confer "STAR ENTREPRENEUR AWARD" on me in this summit."

O My Lord! I thank You a million times for whatever You have given me. You have heard all my prayers and made me realize all my dreams. I am deeply indebted to You for Your kindness and limitless grace. I also pray to You that in this moment of success and hereafter, make me not forget You even for a second. I should remain honest, humble and Your obedient servant for entire my lifespan and thereafter. Bless my holy prophet and his holy progeny and make me scale newer heights in both the worlds. O My Lord! The Omnipotent! The Omnipresent.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Golden words of advice

During my recent conference at Mumbai, a fellow delegate after hearing my presentation approached me and congratulated me on my presentation. He said "You have two strengths which makes you successful, you are humble and you are honest. Be like this always and you will get much more success." I can't afford to ignore these golden words..

Monday, November 2, 2009

Think beyond obvious

"When people thought I am having a job, I longed for a career. When people thought I was opening a shop, I wanted to own a business. And when people thought I can teach I want to be a mentor..."

Prayer of the moment

"The onus of the success goes to the parents. It is the hardwork and sacrifice of my parents that has resulted in my growth. After my Lord, I will remain thankful to them for rest of my life. It is their Karma which has given me limitless fruits..."

Bless the holy prophet and his holy progeny and bless my parents always. O My lord the Omnipotent! The Omnipresent!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Quotes

"However independent an individual may be; he is always a slave of his habits."

"We are similar in body structure. We have same kind of brain. But we differ in expertise. We differ in intelligence. Why? so that we can help each other with our strengths. So that we remain dependent and united."

"We are bound to have differences; we are two different individuals. What matters the most is how well we gel with each other. How strong is our bond."

"I may not be as good as you desire. But again, I am not as bad as you imagine."

"It is not a coincidence. It is ofcourse 'God's Will'."

"Looking at the sincerity of my doctor in treating my ailment, my heart cried and I prayed to my lord to heal my illness and give me good health. I want my this noble doctor to be happy that his efforts have given him results...."

"Once a noble soul told me that my stars are really good and one day I will conquer many a milestones. I never believed that this could happen with me. But somewhere in my subconscious mind these words do have lasting effect. I think they have inspired me."

"It is a great "pleasure" to drive a luxurious car. And when you use your car to help a patient reach a hospital or a needy to his destination it is "happiness". This is how I differentiate between the two. Hope I remain a happiness seeker."

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hearty Mart: Creating and nurturing entrepreneurs

Month: January, 2007
Place: Ilol

Mehdi and Mehmood, two brothers staying in Ilol village are farmers by profession. They are well settled in their village, but often regret that they could not go out of it as they have their farms to look after. They have enough land at their disposal and financially they are doing well. But, they aspire to do a modern business. They want to explore new business avenues and want to make their mark in entrepreneurship. Being in a village they feel tied down and they don’t expect any good business opportunity coming their way.

Just half a kilometre away from them, a young entrepreneur Hasan stays. He owns a small shop named Sahyog Kirana in the village and tries to cater to the daily needs and wants of the villagers. The business is fine, but he feels a strong urge to learn new tricks of the trade, to be more organised and to supply the goods more efficiently, to re-invent his business model.

While Hasan needs to re-invent his business in the village; Mehdi and Mehmood don’t know what business to do? How to do?

It was during this time that we decided to foray into rural-brand franchising. We worked out the detailing and modus operandi of the franchise model and thought of approaching a village with the concept. So, in the month of February 2007, we went with the proposal at Ilol and organized a get-together with few acquaintances. Meeting was attended by Mehdi and Mehmood, along with others and needless to say that the entrepreneur within them urged them to take the plunge.

They liked the business idea so much that they approached us after the meeting and gave us their consent to have a Hearty Mart Super market franchise. Eventually in April 2007; the first franchise was launched at Ilol. And, today after almost two and half years, the smart shop (Hearty Mart franchise) is doing really well and expansion plans are on-cards for them, as they are looking for a bigger space now.

The meeting was also attended by Hasan. He already had Sahyog Kirana, and was looking for the ways to re-invent the business. In our association he knew he has got the solution, but the constraint was the space, as his was a typical mom & pop store of 150 square feet area (approximately); which is not viable for a super market. Eventually we zeroed down on Hearty Mart Saral Shop (organized Kirana shop franchise) and we got associated with him in October 2007. Hasan has got so convinced with the concept that he has invested in another super market franchise at Idar and he is planning to expand his network further.

Hearty Mart in that sense is successfully in igniting the fire of entrepreneurship amongst few of the villagers and we are planning to take this concept to every village where such a need is there. We are committed to encourage and nurture entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My Conference in Mumbai

It was an experience of a life time. The half-cooked thought on which I mulled a lot before giving a final shape some few years back, was being discussed in the boardroom of a 5-star hotel in Mumbai. It was immensely satisfying.

I thank you My Lord! for making my business a successful venture. Bless my business that it grows leaps and bounds and it re-define the business definition following all the guidelines which You have propagated in the Holy Book. Bless me with patience, business acumen, skill and compassion to make it a viable business proposition to all needy people of my community and humanity in general.

I also wish to thank my mentors, guardians, well-wishers and friends who prayed continuously and who are my constant source of inspiration and encouragement.

Bless my holy prophet and his holy progeny and bless all of them, who are there with me in this mission of creating and nurturing entrepreneurs. O My Lord! The Omnipotent, The Omnipresent.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hearty Mart: Faith, Hope and Development

Juhapura has always been in news for all the wrong reasons in the past; a locality which carries a stigma of riot-prone and not conducive for any kind of development. Media-unfriendly area which is always highlighted for notoriety and civil disturbance. Perhaps that is the reason no big brand ever tried entering this area which houses more than 5 lacs of some of the prominent people of the city.

When Hearty Mart was launched in the year 2004, the area was still trying to cope with the tragedy called “Gujarat Riots 2002”. This unfortunate incident saw that many prominent muslims started shifting their base to Juhapura. Suddenly a locality which was never considered to be a family-friendly became a preferred destination for a safe-haven. Still the problem remained as the educated people shifted but the basic amenities were not in place. People had to move to the areas like Paldi, Vasna, and Shyamal etc to serve their needs and wants.

Entry of Hearty Mart in the region came with lots of hope. As it was a store which was equipped to cater to all their basic needs. A store which was positioned as a convenience store and wanted to establish itself as a one-stop-solution for the daily needs of groceries, cosmetics, food grains etc. The residents who had moved from other areas never accepted Juhapura as their locality though they were staying here. Their mindset of the area being down market persisted and this made the initial journey of Hearty Mart much more difficult. Here, we were there to give them all the comfort and convenience and there they were with lots of suspicion and skepticism. They had never thought that an entrepreneur can be successful here. For them, it was a forced decision to stay in such an area.

Our faith in the business eventually helped us gain their confidence. With little bit of promotion and loyalty programs we were successful in having a loyal sets of customers. Hearty Mart also helped the locality indirectly in the following ways:

• Hearty Mart at Vishala Circle is a prominent landmark of Sarkhej-Juhapura road.
• Prices of the flats got escalated and more and more good people opted for the locality
• Success of Hearty Mart encouraged Subhikhsha to set-up shop in Juhapura
• A Private bus-stop has developed just before Hearty Mart.
• More and more residential schemes have developed around Hearty Mart.
• Lots of media coverage of Hearty Mart brand has perhaps inspired a leading restaurant-cum-fastfood joint to open its outlet here.

Today, Vishala Circle is perhaps the best locality for many muslims in Ahmedabad and they are ready to pay premium to have their residence here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thank You My Lord!

O My Lord! I thank You for listening to all my prayers. I thank You for ignoring my sins, vices and making me feel so special and cared. I have not communicated with You since last two months vide this blog, and the reason was You were always with me during this turbulent time. You gave me shelter, faith and care.

Today, there is no other demands. You have fulfilled all my desires and have made me special. I know I can never be in a position to thank You for whatever I have gained. Bless my holy prophet and his divine progeny and make me your chosen servant. Make me do all good deeds which You want me to do. Make me complete my mission in this world and when I return to You, I want You to be happy with my deeds, O My Lord The Omnipotent; The Omnipresent!

Monday, May 11, 2009

My World and You!

My Lord! I am blessed with the world which is full of Your divine memories and remembrance. Here, I dwell with my brothers, friends, elders and well-wishers. My day is made when I see them happy and cheerful. I am motivated to do many more things to make them happier and gay.

But when I find best of my friends in the puddle of self-created mess; I am pained. It hurts me a lot. I seek Your divine intervention to make me capable of clearing this mess. I want You to grant me Your power to reach them and take hold of their hands. To make them ride on my back and take them to the world of love, happiness, harmony, prosperity and goodness. I have found You wherever I have travelled and I want my brothers to join me in this divine journey.

Let this be the purpose of my life. I want my father and guardians to be happy and cheerful. I want to give them a comfortable and peaceful life ahead. Bless my holy prophet and his divine progeny and make me remain steadfast on the straight path. Make me faithful to my father and his children. O My Lord! The Omnipotent. The Omnipresent.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

My Union with You!

Every morning I wake up to a new day. I am filled with enthusiasm to spent my day which brings in peace and joy to me and people around. After finishing my daily routine of walk and freshening up; I keep myself ready to meet You My Lord. I stand there immersed in Your prayer and this morning sessions have magical effect on me as I feel You in my heart. I cry. I beg and I kneel down before Your grandeur and I love this communion. I enjoy every second which I spent remembering You. This is the holiest and most purest time I ever have.

During my communion I ask everything from You. I beg You to shower Your limitless grace and kindness on me and my entire family. To make me a successful human-being who spreads the message of love and peace and does everything which You have advocated. Follow Your straight-path and remain steadfast and honest throughout the lifespan.

I wish to continue doing this till my last breath. I want You to make my every thought pure. Make my every step steadfast. Make me such that You and Your chosen ones love me and vouch for me. Bless my holy prophet and his holy progeny and give a short lifespan, whose every moment is pure with Your rememberance. Whose every step is firm on the straight path. Whose very purpose is to gain Your happiness, mercy and permission O My Lord the Omnipotent; the Omnipresent.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Irony of Life

When I was young I was more honest and innocent. I had my transparent and unassuming ways of dealing with people. And this very honesty and innocence were termed by people around me as immature and foolish. What a narrow and unfortunate outlook they had, I often thought!

Now, with experience of dealing with them for so many years, I have realized that suddenly they have a different opinion for me. I am now intelligent and matured and I know my way out. This sudden change in their opinion is because of the mask which I carry with me now. The mask of maturity and intelligence which is a part of my personality behind which I have hid my true self.

How awful, isn't it?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Love me Unconditionally !

While running around aimlessly, I was always in search for something. Something that gives me pleasure. Something that revives me. Something that brings me peace and happiness. I tried many things. Some were within the limits of ethics and let me confess, most of them were not.

I realized that whatever I needed that all was with You my Lord. It was my want for You that made me run haplessly from pillar to post. Actually I was seeking You in pleasure, peace and happiness. Now, since I have uncovered this, please forgive my wayward past and save me from getting astray in future. Bless me with Your limitless grace and make me firm on the straight path.

Bless the holy prophet and his holy progeny and reveal Your divine self to me. Love me unconditionally. Forever. O My Lord The Omnipotent; The Omnipresent.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I seek Your Approval for my business !

I have this passion to do whatever You like. To live the way You want. I constantly seek Your approval in whatever I do. I am not sure how successful I am in winning You, but I still have this satisfaction that I am trying hard in this direction. I am a striver and would not stop my efforts till I have found You. I have reached You.

I want my business as well to run the way You want. It should be honest business which follows all the rules which You have laid down. Provide me help through like minded people who are my constant support in making this business a super success. Grant me enough acumen that I create more and more entrepreneurial avenues for the people around.

Bless the holy prophet and his holy progeny and stamp my business with Your approval. Bless my business that it bring in change in the lives of needy people and be their constant source of income. O My Lord The Omnipotent; The Omnipresent.

Make me Your student!

I wanted to connect with You since long, but I could not find a good thought to share with You. Yesterday evening while lying on my bed and thinking a lot on my routine, it suddenly stuck to me that reciting Your verses and Holy book has actually made me understand myself well.

True, surely it is a book full of wisdom and knowledge. Ever since I started reciting it regularly, it gave me ability to self-analyse myself. It did reveal my true picture to me. Suddenly I realized that every morning the image which I admired in the mirror was a well-packaged illusion. It was a beautiful lie. This scared me as I found my true-self to be an ugly individual full of vices. I thank You my Lord for opening my eyes well in time and I seek Your continuous blessings to make me good enough to win myself and win Your love.

Bless the holy prophet and his holy progeny; and make me an ardent student of Your holy verses. Give me the ability to understand whatever You have communicated vide Your holy book. O My Lord The Omnipotent; The Omnipresent.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bless my haven, My Lord!

Bless my haven, My Lord! I have spent the most precious years of my life here. I have lived and re-lived those moments many a times at different stages of my life. You had Your unique way of showing Your affection for me here, and You appointed a guardian angel to protect me and forgive my misdeeds. The haven stood by me against any evil whatsoever. In the due course I became an integral part of this haven. This has been my identity, my world and I don't wish to trade it with anything else.

Bless my haven with unity, integrity, sincerity, love, affection and selflessness. My lord give us enough strength, patience and affinity that we may forget and forgive each others mistakes and stay united and connected forever.

Bless us that we make it a place where even You would want to dwell and rest for a while. Bless Your holy prophet and his holy progeny and keep us one and integrated till eternity. O My Lord The Omnipotent; The Omnipresent.

Friday, January 16, 2009

I dedicate this to YOU!

You have been my constant source of inspiration and courage. I have never seen You through my naked eyes, but I have felt Your immense influence on my life. Ever since my childhood I had an unimaginative affinity towards Your name. I had read about Your life in my early teens and I started idolizing You ever since.

My initial college days were away from home, away from my parents and guardians. Yes, I missed them a lot but I was not alone totally as I had Your divine book with me and reading Your teachings gave me a great solace then. I used to feel You. I used to get connected with You. Now, I am getting matured and wiser and my faith in You and my love for You too has matured a lot. I do trouble You daily by calling You again and again. I am always indulged in unmentionable sins and at times I get scared that I may loose You for this.

But I know that You too love me a lot and I have this faith that a day would come when You will choose me to do good deeds. You would appoint me to carry out Your good work. Then, You will uplift me from the ground and I will be a changed person. This thought inspires me and keeps me positive always.

I have read that You will visit us in grave and grant us salvation. I will wait anxiously in my grave with folded hands to greet You to hug You when You will visit me to take me to the final journey. O Commander of Faithfull! O Saviour of mankind!!!