BARODA----a hub for education. I’ve cleared my masters in clinical psychology and there is no other better place in the world! The campus is good... good looking crowd... and a bunch of grey head experts to help you out. I am doing my PhD here and its just awesome.
I am located in Ahmedabad and I travel to Baroda everyday for my job. The bus system is just awful. I have to wait for several minutes before I get a bus and if I am lucky I get a seat (a rare occasion). I wish there could be something better. It just doesn’t work for me.
- Piyush R
“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, that molds and develops a child into a human being”.
Masti Ki Pathshala is a philosophical idea of compassion and care for the children who can’t access education due to limitations of their family conditions or otherwise. It is a cause comprising of young and enthusiastic professionals who apart from their regular careers in the fields of advertising, marketing, media and education; also believe that life is more than just about one’s own self and giving back to the society, doing good for the society and being a responsible citizen is also an essential part of life. This group of individuals comes together under the umbrella of ‘Masti Ki Pathshala’ to provide education and provide for some related amenities to help build the self-respect and competency in today’s young generation.
Masti Ki Pathshala is a non-profit organization and a successfully running campaign, founded by Mr. Keyur Patel and his team on Children’s Day – 14 November, in 2011. The first task that Masti Ki Pathshala took up was supporting the education of two slum kids Swati Neepali and Aman Neepali, who live in the slum area around Karelibaug in Vadodara. They had joined Class VII and class V respectively with the efforts of Masti Ki Pathshala. These children had had to quit education due to financial crunches that plagued the family because their father got addicted to liquor and there was no money left to send them to school.
The needy children are identified with the help of Pratibha Kushwaha from the NGO Saharsh. The children, their families and their genuineness of their condition are completely verified to ensure that the really needy people are not bereft of help while those who do not require the benefits end up getting it.
Currently Masti Ki Pathshala is also helping another young boy whose father has cancer and is unable to support the education of his child.
Charity begins from home, they say. In line with this, Masti Ki Pathshala is also supporting the education of the man who works as a liftman in the building where the Masti Ki Pathshala office is located.
Masti Ki Pathshala also provided for the uniforms and books in a small school called Swami Vivekananda School in a nearby village in Baroda district.
Education in these times, is highly important for the kids to grow up into responsible adults and be able to define and distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. With the help of Masti Ki Pathshala more and more children are getting the benefit of this simple basic right to education, and it would go a long way in building a better society.
Let’s meet Mr Madhav Reddy, a QUALITY entrepreneur who started RedMad Learnings in 2011. The company mainly works in the field of Training and Development. Madhav left a really great job at HSBC to start his company; a dream he has been caressing from a long time. Anyone who has a dream of working ground-up and a real passion for entrepreneurial aspect of the business, then we believe this is a must read. Let’s quickly dive into the details.
Hi Madhav, thank you for taking time out for this interview session. Tell us about who you are, your educational background, your family…
I am based at Vadodara, Gujarat. I belong to Andhra Pradesh but I lived in Baroda earlier for almost 15 years during my School & College days. My Dad was transferred here when he was working with Apollo Tyres. Hence this place was always close to my heart and made me come back to Gujarat. Also I wanted to be an Entrepreneur for which I resigned my last job and started my company “RedMad Learnings” in 2011. And of course Gujarat is always the best place for Entrepreneurs.
I did my schooling from Navyug Eng. Med. School and Jeevan Sadhana from Vadodara. I did my B.Sc [Maths] from M.S. University Vadodara and did my MBA[Hr] from ICFAI University. I am also a Certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. I am also a GNIIT from NIIT - Fathegunj, Vadodara .
Education has always taught me something, obviously. But you need to keep learning new things to survive in this competitive world.
My family, ummm… I am single and my family consists of My Father, who recently retired from Apollo tyres, my mother who is a housewife and a sister who works with HSBC.
“RedMad Learnings”, what does it do?
It is Training & Development Company. We conduct training programs in colleges, universities & corporate sectors across India. We are also in to Business consultancy and quality consultancy. We are also in to Quality Training programs like Lean Six Sigma, 5s, Kaizen, SPC tools etc.,. I am also the Chairman Gujarat for an International not-for-profit society called LASSIB Society,
When did you start into this field?
I have started training when I was in my First year of my graduation. I started as a hobby, never thought this will become my profession.
Aah long time then. And how did you start into this field?
Well, interesting question. Most of my friends joined MLM companies like Skybiz, Amway, Modicare in the year 2000, as they wanted to earn easy money. But they were never able to give proper presentations to the audience. So I started giving presentations on their behalf at the gathering and used to the train the new joins in sales. I used to do it voluntarily to help my friends.
Is anyone else involved into this from your family?
NO, our father was completely from JOB background. They never wanted me to get into business. I was working with HSBC and was earning good. They wanted me to continue that. But from the time I was Child I always wanted to be a business man and earn money so that I can enjoy luxuries. Hence I took a decision and resigned the Job and started the company in 2011. Of course, the family did support me on my work but they always want me to get back to jobs again.
I can understand the family concerns; they generally want us to play it safe. Well, then what kind of planning did you do to start the company?
There are lots of things that are involved in starting business. I only knew that I will start a Training & Development company as I was very good in communication Skills & training Skills. I started browsing internet to find details on how to start a company, what are the financials involved and how to open a current account etc., Later I approached a CS company and they have done the work for me.
Who are your targeted customers?
I always knew that training is never ending process and whether it’s a college or a company they would require training programs to excel in their field. My target is to train entire INDIA , mainly in Quality Management.
How do you attract customers generally?
I have seen that lots of companies and colleges they place ads in internet on their training requirements. So I started browsing internet for these ads and I came across a site called “CiteHr.com”. I have seen that there are lots of Hr professionals, individuals, corporate whom place questions on their professional problems and needs. So I started answering all those questions which ever I can answer. In just couple of months, I was able to answer more than 1000 queries which made me one of the Sr. Members of the site. I helped a girl who recently joining a company as HR executive in an IT company at Pune. She had queries on how to Start HR process in their company. May be their firm liked my queries; they invited me to conduct a 1-day training program at Pune for all their new recruits. That was my First program after I started the company. Second big project I got through this referral program was from United India Insurance. I was asked to training almost 500 employees of the firm from Andhra Pradesh in batches for 2 days each. The program went for almost 3 months. I was also present in Linkedin.com, at this point of time my number was connections were also 245, But in just couple of months my connections rose to almost 1000 and in today’s date it stands at 4629. 90% of my business comes from word-of-mouth referrals and online contacts. Our company is almost 2 years old now, But till today we never went for any sort of Paper advertisements or posters for getting business.
Wow, that’s impressive. Are you happy with the current progress of the business?
We are proud on where we are today in just 2 years. We have got accreditation from an International Society for Six Sigma programs. We have been nominated under CSR category at recent 2013 CXO Confluence LASSIB awards for conducting free training programs on Quality management for 10,000 students across 5 states. We have conducted programs at almost 40 companies & 50 colleges across India. We want people to remember and recommend us as Training Company with quality and innovative training programs.
How many hours do you generally work?
I always plan my day 1-day before and always leave a buffer time for some on-spot activities and meetings. I work round the clock as we have some international clients also for whom we do programs online. So due to time factor I even do programs in Night. But I do make sure that I give enough rest to Body. After all Just money is not everything. Health Is Wealth. Also I believe as an Entrepreneur who should not look at clock when are chasing your dreams. Once your dreams are fulfilled you deserve to take a break but should not relax long again.
Any tips for new comers into this field?
One Thing for sure – IF YOU DONT HAVE GUTS AND COURAGE TO ACCEPT FAILURE DONT BE AN ENTREPRENEUR. THIS DISH WILL MAKE YOU TASTE BOTH SUCCES & FAILURE SO BE READY FOR IT. The only mantra to succeed is to Keep learning new things and think innovative. Innovation is the only differentiating factor between you and others. An Idea can be given by a single person, But to convert it to a company you always need a team. Only “WE” will give you success not “I”. I always admire a line quoted by Dr. Abdul Kalam – “Dreams are not something which you see when you sleep, Dreams are something which will not allow you to sleep”. So my dear friends, If you want to succeed, chase your dreams till you get them. There is no short cut for success & excellence you need to gain it.
How people can get in touch with you?
Office Address: RedMad Learnings, 616 Saffron Complex, Fathegunj, Vadodara-2. Gujarat.
I am always present on LinkedIn and Face book you also reach me there. www.facebook.com/madhav.reddy in.linkedin.com/in/reddymadhav
Finally, tell us about your upcoming event
On 31 August 2013, We are about to attempt a WORLD RECORD on Quality Management. This event is supported by lots of associations & colleges in Gujarat. DO CALL US IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THE WORLD RECORD. I welcome all the UG & PG students to join us on the world record and learn about something which can change your life and make a path for a creative career GOOD LUCK to all of you and thanks for reading.
For more information visit: http://www.beyondkhidki.com/events/worlds-largest-lean-six-sigma-training-class
Maharastra Lodge-The ancestral building
Why we referring this lodge as the ancestral building
That's because this lodge is almost 95 years old! Phew, it means this is the second oldest building in Dandiya Bazaar in Vadodara. The lodge was started by Purushotam Dans and the current owner is Ketan Joshi.
The place is exceptionally famous for cheapest Gujarati food across the city. Despite its name being Maharashtra, it serves lip smacking Gujarati delicacies. The cooks and people there take utmost care of hygiene and food quality standards.
Sam Pitroda used to take his dinner and lunch daily at this place during his College days in M.S University. One can eat a wholesome here or carry a tiffin and savour it all on the menu!
Who Moved My Cheese?
Well, we are not talking about the book here, (though the book has something to shake you up), but we are talking about Cheese and Bites. That’s correct- your favourite finger licking food joint in Vadodara.
Obviously, you don’t need a description for this place. The yummy delicacies are enough to tickle your taste buds. This place is dripped with cheese. All most all items sold here are made out of cheese and for cheese lovers, the joint is a heaven. Despite its remote location, the place has made a big time contribution for the ‘foodies’ in the city.
Next time you hit the Vadodara express highway, make it a point to taste their cheese garlic bread and Kathi roll! It will surely leave you asking for more.
Location: G/F Atlantis, opp Sardar Bugh, Vadi Vaadi , Vadodara