I was born in a lower-middle-class family and grew up in many small towns in Madhya Pradesh (MP). During childhood, I was a shy kid and below average in studies. After getting very disappointing results (only 55%) in the 12th class, I forced myself to persist and was able to get into Computer Engineering at IET-DAVV, one of the top engineering colleges in MP. Later, I earned my MBA from XLRI, one of the top business schools in India.
Fortunately, I got opportunities to work with HSBC and Deloitte in analytics space both in India and the USA. When I was working in New York, I attempted 16 times to meet Charles Brock (Chairman & CEO, Brock Capital Group). Finally, I succeeded in spending 45 minutes in his car, and he told me, "surround yourself with the best people, learn why they are the best, and start inculcating those habits." That car ride made me realize that life is a marathon, not a 100-meter race.
I was curious to understand how a few entrepreneurs create successful businesses while many struggled. To satisfy my curiosity, I used to attend sessions at TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), which is the world’s largest non-profit organization, focused on fostering entrepreneurship. TiE team liked my passion and offered me a 2-year fellowship to make an impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India. Later on, I worked with FirstCry (one of the fastest-growing start-ups in India) and Cognizant (a Fortune 200 company) on many ‘first of its kind’ marketing and communication initiatives. Currently, I am working with The World Bank.
I am also a business author. My book Booming Brands covering inspiring journeys of 11 ‘Made in India’ brands is published by CNBC and has been appreciated by many government, business, and academic leaders. I have written over 50 articles on branding and marketing in many renowned business publications, including Forbes and The Economic Times.
I have spoken at various prestigious forums such as Google Business Group, Josh Talks, IITs & IIMs, XLRI, Symbiosis, Bank of Baroda, and a few others.
Furthermore, I am the curator of iPamnani, a non-commercial initiative with the mission to inspire people through fascinating stories and path-breaking ideas of business leaders. For my contribution to social initiatives, I have been appreciated by various non-profit organizations, including New York Cares, Cents Ability & Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at New York, USA, and TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) in India.