Mr. Harsh Ajitsaria
OWNER, RAMESHWAR UDYOG PVT. LTD
1. Could you please tell us about your professional background and academic achievements?
I belong to a Marvadi family originating from Calcutta where I initially did my schooling and later moved to Delhi.
I completed BA Economics from Hansraj College, Delhi. Being from a Marvadi family, our previous generation was already into various businesses for which they passed the baton to me. Currently, we have our business based in Ahmedabad and Calcutta. In Ahmedabad, we have spinning mill and garment factory and in Calcutta, we have flour mill and Aluminium Trading. Apart from this, we are also involved in merchant exports of Yarn. Both the factories, Ahmedabad and Calcutta are more export oriented.
2. When did you start this business?
I started my business 16 years ago. The business of textile was started 13 years ago but the group activities were started by my grandfather around 50-60 years ago. The group has always been into different modes of expansions and diversities according to the economic scenarios. Earlier, we were involved with Jute, Oil mill, and Cement factories. However, as the time changes, our groups vision changed, and hence changed the product line. With the textile division, I started with garment exports after which I ventured into bed sheet exports followed by fabric exports and then settled down with my own spinning unit wherein we manufactured and export 100 percent cotton yarns.
3. Did you face challenges in your journey? What were they?
There were a lot of challenges. Challenges are inevitable when you enter a new field as you don’t know the on going trends or how the market would behave or you would not know your competitors and suppliers either. So, it was very tough initially and took me around 5-7 years to settle down, know the people, know the trade. Eventually, things became a bit smoother. If there is no challenge, there is no business. You can probably keep your money as fixed deposit and sleep like a retired person.
4. With the Modi government, did you find any positive changes in the business policies?
The new policies are showing the effects positively. But the policies by Modi government are more focused towards the long term benefits rather than short term gains. If we see the policies on a shorter term aspect, it is a disaster. So, as a business house, we calculate everything on a 5-7 years’ span, considering whatever Modiji is doing today, would probably benefit the companies after 3 years.
This would be the minimum time for people and all the smaller companies to understand that whatever he is doing is for their future benefits.
5. When did you start believing in Vaastu and what was the primary reason for it?
I am a God fearing man. From the very beginning, I have always worshipped God and as I belong to a Marvadi family, we have been quite involved with Pandits and astrologers. Hence, we believe in horoscopes and Vaastu from a very young age. But it was only when I met Dr. Rao that I understood the importance of Vaastu in real life. I did know that the basics of any home or office should be as per Vaastu for positive results to every situation.
Thirteen years ago, I shifted to Ahmedabad and planned to buy an office. I got connected to Dr. Rao through one of my architects. I showed him the office and he simply rejected it. He explained the reason behind rejecting it which somehow sounded good to me. Some time later, I showed him the house I wanted to buy for myself and this time, he approved it. He also explained me the reasons behind approving it. So, I went ahead and bought the house, which is also my current house.
6. Did you make any changes to your logo as per Vaastu?
Yes, the logo of my company has been designed and conceptualized by inputs from Dr. Rao and team.
7. One real life scenario of Vaastu that changed your life, literally.
We had a spinning mill with which we were facing a huge amount of labour problems. Dr. Rao visited the spinning mill and found that a good amount of workers used to sleep on top of the spinning mill in the utility area which was on the roof of the mill. It was making heavy losses for a very long time and was also under the labour problem. He immediately advised us to shift all the labourers and make a new labour colony for them outside the premises of the spinning shed. It was a hefty cost burden on the company; however, we went ahead and made the changes. Eventually, the labour problem diminished as we got the results, and the mill came into profit.
That was an eye opener for us. Vaastu at times, can be painful because the changes suggested are quite expensive and quite unpractical as well, but if it is done, one would surely get the results.