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Havells- The story of the known Indian household brand
Qimat Rai Gupta lived his life by a simple principle? If your mind can conceive it, and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it. He started his journey with Rs 10,000 and left behind a Rs 17,000-crore empire.

From beginning his career as a small trader in Delhi to building Havells, the largest Indian electrical goods company, Qimat Rai Gupta's story makes for an inspiring read. Told rivetingly by his son Anil Rai Gupta, this is the account of how QRG, as he was fondly known, braved poverty, ill health, competition, corruption and bureaucracy to turn his dreams into reality.

Havells faced stiff competition from companies that couldn't tolerate a modest trader challenging them. Despite legal battles, family feuds and severe shortage of funds, QRG never gave up. Without formal management education, he was master at business management. A true leader who could motivate and ignite the spark in anyone he met. The book illustrates numerous examples of how he simply did the magic.

Even when he was not financially big, he was big at heart. He started CSR when it was not even heard of. His mid-day meal initiative is one of the biggest in the corporate world. His decision of not entering energy guzzling products despite being lucrative business was amongst many examples of his great vision.

During his last years, Havells acquired German giant Sylvania, which was twice its size. When Sylvania's losses pushed Havells to the brink, QRG fearlessly decided to keep the company. It was under his mentorship that Anil Rai Gupta, present chairman of Havells, turned Sylvania around.

In this candid biography, Anil gives you an inside view into his father's life and shows how, with hard work, faith and determination, QRG shaped his destiny. This is more than a son's homage to his father. This is the story of passion, dedication, hard work, and the pursuit of excellence.

Anil Rai Gupta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Havells India Ltd. He joined Havells in 1992 and rose through the ranks under the tutelage of his father, late Sh. Qimat Rai Gupta. Anil led the acquisition of German lightings-system company Sylvania in 2007, and was also instrumental in its turnaround after the economic meltdown of 2008.

He studied economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, and has an MBA from Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA. Anil lives in Delhi with his mother- Vinod Gupta, wife- Sangeeta, and children- Aradhana and Abhinav.

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