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I chose the education sector for primarily two reasons:
There are many memorable moments. But one that stands out is the inauguration of the campus in November 2012 by Shri Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC. Mr. Deepak Parekh honored his commitment to me by chartering a plane to be in Mysore, as there were practical hurdles because of the Cauvery agitation and Bangalore-Mysore road closure made it a memorable one. This act of Parekh-ji made my respect for this corporate icon raise sky high. As Paulo Coelho says, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Personally for me Mysuru has had humongous impact in shaping my thoughts and actions. I am a quintessential Mysorean. As I jokingly say, “ I don’t belong to Mysuru, Mysruru belongs to me.” I always believe that each city is to be positioned with its own USP. We need to create a brand called Mysuru. I would like to position Mysuru as the Knowledge and educational hub—the Boston of India. And MYRA is one small step in that direction.
Positioning Mysuru as the Boston of India. Just like Boston in the US is not a metro but is the mecca of education with institutions like Harvard, MIT, U Mass, Boston University and others, we should develop Mysuru as the destination for excellence in education.
Though Mysuru has many disadvantages for any entrepreneur because of the connectivity and threshold issues, it also has many advantages. First and foremost because it is a royal city having been the capital of erstwhile Mysore Kingdom, its heritage value with its ‘City of Palaces’ tag is very high. I also count the fact that Mysore having the highest number (10) of GI (Geographical Indicator) tag for a city along with Karnataka having the distinction of highest number (35) for a state, helps us in building brand Mysuru.
I believe that Mysuru offers the best of both worlds. The charm of a small town and the glamor of a metro as Bangalore is only 130 KM away. It is in a way suburb of Bangalore, because we are on Bangalore-Ooty; Bangalore—Coorg highway. We can leverage the same.
For me man or woman is just a gender. I believe, as Eleanor Roosevelt, the diplomat and former First Lady of the US said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Entrepreneurship is not for the weak hearted—is my key advice.
My five mantras:
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