Leander’s father Vace Paes requested me first to nurture his son. Few days later, Sourav’s father Chandi also came to me with the same request for his son . Actually, that time, there was a thought that a person or a team that trains under me, would be succesfull definitely but they never trained together. 2-days a week and that too on Sundays and Saturdays. They trained under me for 1-2 yrs. Both had one thing in common which attracted me since day 1. That is their hunger to be successful. They didn’t have any high ambition at that age, but they both were good learners
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Motivational Story of Prerna Arora – She was supposed to pursue Medical field but changed her mind to become producer
I was born to do this! I don’t remember anything else that I wanted to do with my life other than this. Coming from a small town, my parents wanted me to be a doctor. You know how it is, all parents have this mandate for their kids where they want them to grow up and become doctors or engineers or IAS officers. These jobs are looked at with a lot of respect. I cleared the medical entrance and I was supposed to reach Bangalore to pursue Medicine. Then I changed my choice and went on to complete my graduation in Arts. I wanted to get into production from the age of 22 or 23.
I am often asked: why didn’t you play for India like your father Dilip Sardesai? My answer is simple: a politician’s son or daughter has a fair chance of getting elected and becoming a member of a legislative assembly or Parliament or even prime minister; a business house may actively promote hereditary succession; an actor may produce a film for a star-son but a Test cricketer’s son cannot wear the India cap without being one of the 11 most talented players in the country. As my father would routinely remind me, “I am not going to be there to score runs for you on the pitch, you have to do it!”
Harold Robbins’ novels inspired me a lot. His bio on the front page would read he was a millionaire by the age of 21, went bankrupt and then built himself up again. It was all larger-than-life with yachts, private jet and what not. I could visualise myself living that lifestyle. They were an early influence on me to become an entrepreneur, coupled with the business magazines I used to read.
I (Karan Singh, J&K Politician) love to speak – actually it’s an art taught to me by my guru [former president] Dr S Radhakrishnan. In public speaking, one has to be passionate and brief. Radhakrishnan would say that if one is not able to say what he wants to say in 30 minutes, then he does not have anything worth saying.