The son of an idli vendor, his mother’s monthly salary was Rs 600 on which she had to support her five children. Sarathbabu peddled his mother’s idlies as a child, bound books as a teenager to support himself while studying hard to better his lot. “I realised that studying is the key to recognition.” So, he studied hard enough to get admission to Bits-pilani and later went on to do his MBA from Indian Institute of Management-ahmedabad. Post his education, Sarathbabu rejected a well paying job and set up Food King, a food catering business in 2006. His venture employs more than 300 people today across three centers in India.
NEXT STEPS In addition, Sarathbabu joined politics in 2009. “I dream of a hunger free India and I needed to get into politics to change the system,” says Sarathbabu of the new frontier he’s scaling. He contested as an independent candidate in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from the South Chennai constituency and the 2011 Assembly elections from the Velachery constituency bagging fifth and third positions respectively.
“With only a candle for light, I couldn’t see beyond my books. That is how I was able to get ahead of the privileged who had distractions galore under their bright tubelights.”
E SARATHBABU, 31, Politican and entrepreneur