Book review – Dare to dream: The life of MS Oberoi

Just finished reading this book on life of Indian ace hotelier – M.S. Oberoi. The book is a biography written by Bachi Karkaria, the ToI Journalist.

What a life Oberoi really led. It was not just dare to dream but living like a dream. The way Oberioi went about shaping India’s hotel chain and set standards at world level, was great to know. The chances one gets in life and how one takes those chances is really what sums up most things in life.

We have seen in Amitabh Bachchan’s famous movie Deewar when he goes to buy the building where his mother worked. In a less dramatic manner, Oberioi also ends up owning the Shimla hotel he worked as a mere clerk. He actually was shooed away from the hotel on his fitrst attempt to get a job at the hotel. Through his perseverance he got the job and the rest is history.

The empire was built around India’s tumultuous political history. Infact, the protagonist actually gained from the partition as British exited from the hotel chain they owned.  His work experience of managing some hotels before partition played a huge role in defining his success in the industry. This was obviously backed by hardwork, sincerity, love for details and huge passion. One can rarely succeed without these qualities.

This was an Indian MNC which expanded its quality hotel services beyond Indian shores.

Fascinating stuff..

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