In the serene town of Sringeri, where the calm winds carried the scent of purity and the hum of life was gentle, there lived a man named Manusha M R Bhagavath. He might not be your typical success story, but that's exactly what made his journey so inspiring. Before he embarked on his path with Karanth's Food Pvt Ltd, Manusha was just an ordinary man burdened with the weight of life's challenges.
Sringeri, a town known for its spiritual aura and the illustrious Sharada Peetham, was also home to countless hardworking families like Manusha's. It was not easy, his life was marked by those challenges that most of us can only imagine. His childhood dreams often played second fiddle to the realities of life.
"While I was studying, like other common boys, I had dreams too, probably a middle-class guy's ambition. I wanted to own a fancy vehicle, have a grand house, settle down with my family, travel the world and so much more. But then, I was made to realize that I had a sister to be married off, an old house that needed restoration, and aging parents to care for. It was at that point that my dreams seemed to blur away into the distance," says Manusha.
The Reality Hits Hard
After completing his studies in a B.Sc, Manusha decided to make a bold move. With the lack of job opportunities in Sringeri, he left his hometown and embarked on a journey to Bengaluru, the bustling city of dreams.
However, life in the city was far from easy. For six to nine long months, Manusha struggled to find a job and establish himself in the bustling metropolis.
"I struggled greatly to secure a job in Bengaluru. My proficiency in English was limited, making it challenging to effectively communicate with recruiters. Nevertheless, I managed to secure an average job. Soon, I confronted the harsh reality of city life: the cost of living was high, and it was a constant battle to make ends meet, recalls Manusha.
The money he earned in the city was barely enough to cover his living expenses and he also had to a send significant portion of his earnings back home to support his family's needs. This financial strain took a toll on his mental well-being.
"I found myself battling depression, grappling with the overwhelming weight of my responsibilities, and the emotional strain of being far from my loved ones."
A Beacon of Hope
Then, one fateful day, his life took a turn that he could never have anticipated. Bharadwaj Karanth, who owns a growing startup company and also happened to be one of Manusha's former lecturers, extended a helping hand. Mr. Karanth offered Manusha a notable position at Karanth's Food Pvt Ltd, a company with small facilities but Big Dreams at the time.
It was as though the stars had aligned, granting Manusha an opportunity to escape the clutches of his past struggles. He joined the company with gratitude in his heart and determination in his soul.
"When Bharadwaj Sir called me for this job, we were a small business with just one product in our inventory and modest sales. Today, after 5 years, we have expanded to offer more than 15 products, and we've grown into a significant manufacturing company. Reflecting on this journey brings tears to my eyes, and I couldn't be prouder of both myself and the company."
Over the years, the 27-year-old has proven himself to be a dedicated and diligent employee. His journey with Karanth's Food Pvt Ltd was a testament to his unwavering commitment to growth and success. During this time, he had not only contributed to the growth of the company but had also achieved personal growth, blossoming into a professional admired by his colleagues and supervisors.
"I am financially healthy now, and what I couldn't achieve in Bengaluru, I am successfully doing here in my hometown. I'm grateful that I've managed to sort out 75% of my responsibilities. My parents are overjoyed that I'm contributing to the family's income and staying with them. Also, those who once judged me harshly during my struggles now admire my journey. The last hurdle is finding the right man for my sister, and once that's sorted, I can finally pursue my fanciful dreams."
When asked about his plans for marriage and his love life, Manusha chuckled and said, "My work is my love for now. In the future, if the gods are merciful, I may find the best person as my better half."
Dream to Travel
Not many know that Manusha has a dream of traveling the whole of India and even the world, but financial constraints have held him back. However, his association with Karanth's Food Pvt Ltd had opened new doors. He had been given opportunities to explore various places within India, which, one by one, were marking off his checklist. His small dream was gradually becoming a reality, thanks to the opportunities he had received.
"Till now, I have traveled to Delhi, Gujarat, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kerala, and many more places. While these were primarily business trips, I managed to carve out some free time to explore these places for myself. Looking ahead, if our business continues to grow, and if, by some stroke of luck, I get the opportunity to travel to places outside of India, I will be one incredibly happy man."
But it wasn't just personal growth. Manusha had acquired a wealth of skills working with Karanth's Food Pvt Ltd. He had handled a range of machines, from small to large, all related to food manufacturing. Today, he operates a costly and complicated machine, imported from a foreign land, a testament to his dedication and expertise.
"Yes, I handle some complicated machines. I know this may sound a bit like self-admiration or arrogance, but it is what it is. During my 7 months of training in Hyderabad, I was taught to operate the most complex machine used in Karanth's Food Pvt Ltd. I can confidently handle even minor circuit failures, and I'm currently training my team to do the same. It gives me a sense of self-pride."
A smiling Future
When asked about his future with the company and where he sees himself a decade from now, Manusha smiled, a glint of determination in his eyes. "I see myself continuing to grow with Karanth's Food Pvt Ltd, taking on more responsibilities, and contributing to the company's success. My dream is to see the company expand beyond borders"
In the end, Manusha's journey may not be a conventional success story for many, but for him, it's a testament to the power of resilience and determination. It's a story still in the making, a story of dreams chased, struggles conquered, and a bright future that continues to build. Manusha M R Bhagavath is a name that inspires us all to believe that no dream is too common, and no success is beyond reach when one truly believes in their journey.