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December 30, 2012 2 Comments
April 30, 1982. Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani became famous this afternoon. However he had no inkling of this when he woke up that morning. The only emotion he perhaps felt that hot summer morning, as the mercury crossed the 33 C mark, was wrath. For the past six weeks, a syndicate of stockbrokers had been hammering his company’s shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange,and he didn’t like it.
April 30 was a Friday, the day he could vent his anger, take his revenge. On the BSE, alternate Fridays were settlement days when all transactions which had taken place the previous fortnight were cleared.Sellers delivered shares to buyers, buyers accepted delivery, or either party asked for the transaction to be postponed to the next clearance day after paying badla or compensation for the delay. This day was one of the settlement Fridays. It would go down in the BSE’s history as a day of total chaos.
The stage for this drama was set a few days earlier, on March 18, when a selling hysteria shocked the BSE. In twenty-five minutes of panic, starting at 1.35. p.m. the price of blue-chips like Century and Tisco crashed by ten per cent. They fell like dominoes on the back of Ambani’s Reliance Textile Industries which fell from Rs 131 to Rs 121 as 350,000 of its shares hit the market. Read more of this post
September 11, 2011 4 Comments
A G Krishnamurthy ,the author of ‘Dhirubhaism’,is the founder chairman and managing director of Mudra Communications. Dhirubhaism is an attempt by the author share his insights into Dhirubhai Ambani’s management style culled over several interactions with him during their long association.The book lists 15 Dhirubhaisms. The 15 Dhirubhiasms put together bring out the work philosophy of Dhirubhai Ambani and give us a glimpse into the remarkable thinking process and habits of one of India’s most successful entrepreneurs.
The book is a slim 96 page volume and an easy read.The isms may not be unique to Dhirubhaiji .Many people display some of the traits , in their working styles as well, but Dhirubhai was one of those rare people who demonstrated all of them, all the time.To really benefit from the book,the really important thing is not so much to read the book as to practice the Dhirubhaisms on a daily basis till they become second nature.I’ve been trying to do so for a while.I can’t say the isms have become second nature but I am now at the stage where every time I slip up I know almost immediately that I’ve slipped up.
Do read the book In the meantime here is something about the 15 Dhirubhaisms:- Read more of this post
September 7, 2011 1 Comment
Here is a documentary on Dhirubhai Ambani I found on the internet.I’m afraid it is in Hindi and I’m sorry I can’t find a copy with subtitles.
This documentary was apparently aired on News 24 which I don’t have so I missed it when it was first aired.I got to see some rare pictures of Dhirubhai here.It was also nice to hear his neighbours and associates describe him.What struck me most was how Dhirubhai never discouraged any beginner from starting out in his own field.I would love to have that sort of self-assurance.
Do watch the videos below and enjoy!
September 6, 2011 40 Comments
Personally I admire Dhirubhai Ambani’s way of not letting other people circumscribe his dreams.I believe that if a person can dream up something he/she can do it.It may take time and effort and persistence but its not impossible. Personally I believe dreams are worth fighting for because they are a representation of out truest self and out innate abilities.Anytime I have self doubts I find that reflecting on incidents from his life gives me courage.After all life has not tested me in the way it did him.And anytime anybody tells me that something is undoable in one lifetime I just tell myself to see how far Dhirubhai came in one lifetime.Following are some quotes from the great man.Use them to spur you on in life.
“Only when you dream it you can do it.”
“For those who dare to dream, there is a whole world to win!”
“I, as school kid, was a member of the Civil Guard, something like today’s NCC. We had to salute our officers who went round in jeeps. So I thought one day I will also ride in a jeep and somebody else will salute me.”
“I am deaf to the word “no”.” Read more of this post
September 5, 2011 13 Comments
Here is the Ambani Family tree. It should come in handy while reading about the Ambani Empire.Its interesting to see what role family played in the early years when Dhirubhai was starting out; How family helped with expansion and how the family now distributes the responsibilities of running of the empire amongst itself.
February 5, 2011 5 Comments
There is no official biography of Dhirubhai Ambani.In its absence a book like ‘ The Polyester Prince ” has to suffice.That Hamish McDonald was not close to Dhirubhai Ambani is a fact.That is why I kept this article – for the contrast.Here Mukesh Ambani speaks about his father to Pritish Nandy.Enjoy this read!
What were your father’s childhood years like? Does he ever speak to you about them?
Very frequently, in fact. Stories about his childhood have always inspired us, taught us how to cope with life’s vicissitudes.
Papa was always very responsible and enterprising. When he was in school, he went to the foot of Mount Girnar — the famous mountain in Saurashtra, where he grew up in a small town called Chorwad in Junagadh — and opened his own shop. To sell bhajias to pilgrims over the weekend. This is how he earned his own money though his needs were few. Until he left for Aden, he wore only half pants!
Why did he go to Aden? Yemen is not exactly an El Dorado.
He was fond of adventure. I guess Aden provided him an opportunity to experience it. To escape his own background, to see the world. He actually went with a recommendation for a job, like people go to Dubai these days. He had just completed school. SSC at that time. Even that on his second attempt! It was like MABF. Matric Appeared But Failed.
Luckily for him, he had admirers at that young age. One of them liked his spirit of enterprise so much that he sent him off to Aden for a job with an Indian trading company. A pedhi. A pedhi was like a proprietary firm. He started there and then moved on to a job with Shell.
What kind of job?
It began at the petrol pump. Then he went on to logistics. Loading all the ships and airplanes, making sure that the entire fuel logistics for Shell worked in perfect synchronicity. Read more of this post
February 5, 2011 2 Comments
‘The Polyester Prince ‘ by Hamish McDonald is an unofficial biography of Shri Dhirubhai Ambani.I personally enjoyed the book and gained from reading it.There is much in the book to inspire people starting out on their personal entrepreneurial journeys.
Dhirubhai was not born to privilege.He didn’t have much of a formal education.It was sheer enterprise , hard work , measured risk taking , a fighting – spirit , good people skills , networking , thinking out of the box , seizing opportunities and great execution skills that helped him make his fortune.This book details many of the incidents of his life.It can be mined for information on how to grow one’s business and deal with the day to day problems faced in building a business from scratch.
Dhirubhai held the opinion that there could literally be thousands like him.This book is a great gift to give an friend who could potentially be one of those few thousand.Dhirubhai’s life-story is the encouragement and in this book is the information needed to get started as an entrepreneur.