The MAN With A Mil­lion DREAMS

Stardust (English) - - INTERVIEW -

Ma­hatma Gandhi had once said, “The best way to find your­self is to lose your­self in the ser­vice of oth­ers.” In­deed, the true spirit of life is only re­al­ized by what we give back to the so­ci­ety. ...And liv­ing his life on these sim­i­lar lines is Dr Aneel Mu­rarka. A cor­po­rate ty­coon, he is a so­cial cru­sader who be­lieves in serv­ing so­ci­ety and mak­ing the world a bet­ter place to live in. Dr. Mu­rarka is also the founder of Am­ple Misi­ion Events - En­ter­tain­ment and the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor at Mirachem In­dus­tries, which is a prom­i­nent man­u­fac­turer and sup­plier of spe­cialty chem­i­cals. SHARBANI MUKHER­JEE de­codes this mul­ti­tal­ented man and brings to you the thoughts of this vi­sion­ary.

You’re a busi­ness­man, cor­po­rate ge­nius, and a phi­lan­thropist. How would you de­scribe your­self?

All these are only la­bels which peo­ple as­so­ciate with a per­son look­ing at the di­rec­tion they are go­ing in. I be­lieve that I’m a com­mon man.

How did you start your en­tre­pre­neur­ial jour­ney?

I started with an ex­tremely pow­er­ful num­ber. And that’s zero! It has great pow­ers and makes one ac­tu­ally un­der­stand the im­por­tance of hard work. I at­tribute my ex­is­tence and un­der­stand­ing of self to my cre­ator, my fa­ther, a self-made man, who had to give up ev­ery­thing be­cause of a feud in his fam­ily. I had to join my fa­ther to learn the trade tricks and restart his busi­ness when I was only 14. My jour­ney hasn’t been very smooth and easy. Be it my school or col­lege days, I can’t re­ally rec­ol­lect many mo­ments of masti. Ear­lier, I used to re­gret it but look­ing back now, I feel re­ally happy that my sac­ri­fices hasn’t gone in vain.

Who is your role model? My role model un­doubt­edly is my fa­ther. And it’s not be­cause he is my par­ent. My fa­ther has been a self-made man. He is like this foun­tain of knowl­edge and I have learnt a lot from him and am still learn­ing and it’s a long way to go. I also be­lieve that zindagi maa baap ke charno mai hi khatam hoti hai. We must al­ways re­spect our par­ents and be con­nected to our roots. What is your def­i­ni­tion of suc­cess? I be­lieve one can’t ac­tu­ally de­fine suc­cess. What­ever one has to achieve, a lot of ef­forts need to be put in. One should be ded­i­cated, hon­est and fo­cused. Noth­ing is pre-de­cided. One has to have a vi­sion in life. With­out it, you can­not reach a goal. And once this is sorted, things au­to­mat­i­cally will fall into place.

How do you man­age to bal­ance your pro­fes­sional com­mit­ments and per­sonal life? That’s a dan­ger­ous ques­tion to ask! It’s all about time man­age­ment. But there are mo­ments when it gets dif­fi­cult. I try to take my fam­ily and wife into con­fi­dence, and just say, “There are cer­tain com­mit­ments which I need to ful­fill at this point of time and you need to un­der­stand that and sup­port me.” It is fam­ily first for me and I only go ahead with any­thing if they ap­prove. Com­mit­ments are time bound things. There are mo­ments when I prob­a­bly feel that I might have ne­glected my fam­ily to ful­fill the so­cial com­mit­ments in life. God has been kind enough and I’ve been blessed to have such won­der­ful peo­ple around me.

You are con­sid­ered to be the face of New Era Phi­lan­thropy. You’ve con­trib­uted a lot to the so­ci­ety. What do you have to say about that? Life has taught me a lot. Phi­lan­thropy, maybe that’s in my genes. My grand­fa­ther was a free­dom fighter, he rubbed shoul­ders with em­i­nent names like Chan­drashekhar Azad sahib and Bha­gat Singh ji. And my fa­ther has also done a lot to­wards so­ci­ety at large. I’m just tak­ing the legacy for­ward in ev­ery step I take. I am still try­ing my best to de­liver to the ut­most call in life.

What has been your con­stant mo­ti­va­tional fac­tor? There are two things which drives me through this jour­ney of life. Busi­ness and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. Busi­ness is some­thing I have been at since child­hood and I def­i­nitely want to reach those lev­els where I don’t need to look back. As far as so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties are con­cerned, I want to ex­plore many more di­men­sions and up­lift the needy and help them shine. There is so much to do. The bit I am do­ing is like a drop in the ocean.

You have re­ceived an hon­orary doc­tor­ate for your con­tri­bu­tion to the so­ci­ety. How does that make you feel? Be­ing rec­og­nized for my so­cial work and phil­an­thropic ef­forts gives a kind of so­lace as well as a kick! And it’s not only about that, it is ba­si­cally the thought in mind which drives you and makes you feel that you are prob­a­bly do­ing some­thing good for the peo­ple around.

You’ve or­ga­nized a lot of award shows - be it Glob­alPeace, In­ter­na­tional Achiever Awards,

ShoorVeerAwards and now BharatPr­erna. What made you go ahead and do it? I used to visit a lot of NGOs ear­lier. It is then when I tried to gauge their prob­lems and dif­fi­cul­ties. Had I not been as­so­ci­ated with the NGOs, I wouldn’t have un­der­stood what the re­al­ity of life is. It was an eye opener. There was some­thing which struck a cord. It was the spark in each and ev­ery child. Their twin­kling eyes had a mil­lion dreams. They had some­thing in them which made them stand apart. That prob­a­bly gave me a thought to go ahead and talk about such faces, such silent he­roes, give them a plat­form, talk about them, ap­pre­ci­ate them and ex­pose them to the world. Guide them for­ward in their right genre and let the peo­ple around know about them.

Are these ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial ini­tia­tives a part of Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR)? It has noth­ing to do with CSR. I’m just tak­ing my pas­sion for­ward. It’s just an at­tempt to do my bit for the so­ci­ety.

Any plans to join pol­i­tics? No way!

You’ve au­thored books. What has in­spired you to pen down your thoughts?

The first book was a trib­ute to my fa­ther, a bi­og­ra­phy, which was un­veiled in 2012. He also com­pleted 50 years as a busi­ness­man in 2012. It took me a year to re­search for it. As a son, I wanted to gift him some­thing which would not only high­light his im­por­tance in our life but also make the event mem­o­rable. It fi­nally shaped up quiet well. He was sur­prised when he came to know. I re­mem­ber him say­ing at the book launch, “Mai sama­jtha tha ki mu­jhe pata hai ki Aneel har minute pe kya kar raha hai. I am shocked that he has done this with­out my knowl­edge.” Par­ents give us ev­ery­thing we want. I think we just can’t thank them enough for their self­less love. I think we can only give them a rea­son to smile and I’m glad that I could.

Which is the next area that you want to ven­ture into?

Go­ing PAN In­dia is some­thing which I aim at. Pro­vid­ing ser­vices and sup­port to the needy is a very sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I’ve made it a point to con­struct pub­lic toi­lets in UP, Bi­har and some parts of Kash­mir.

Dr Aneel’s lov­ing Fam­ily

Dr Aneel at the Bharat Pr­erna Awards

...with MP Udit Raj

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