The MAN With A Million DREAMS
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