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 Your Idea Is Bigger Than You! 

Date of Publish - Saturday, 20th July 2019

It is the story of Manisha the co-founder of Kayal island retreat in Kerala. It is a story that how to start a business as a woman in India? This story always tells you that your idea isalways bigger than yourself.

As of today this hotel lists in best hotels in India as well as a world, Manisha had started several years ago when she went to America to get masters in Industrial engineering, she thought that’s what she wanted to do. She started working for a company called Estee Lauder and she on their work floor, the work is creating lipsticks and as much as she loves her work New York  she realized she wanted to do more, she wanted to create something with her own hands, she wanted to something with India as well as America and then she decided to start her own business so she visited the Rajasthan And bought some of the hand crafts from the villages to sell in New York but it didn’t work as she didn’t earn anything out of it so then she thought how about she buy some art from Kerala and try to sell them out in galleries . So she has gone from gallery to galley and thrown out from there because they don’t think that the art was good enough to be sold in the galleries. But she really wanted to work something up so she was sitting in her apartment and was thinking for something and she thought maybe she needs to work with her passion so she thought she lives to travel and everyone loves a bus tour in India so she thought why not create one of those and that’s how silk route her first successful business came through from her bedroom in New York.

Now they needed an office and they stumbled upon an island she took a little boat to get on to that island and stayed there the whole night and they thought it is the most beautiful place. In a normal entrepreneur journey you actually know where you are going you have plans for everything but in her journey, she doesn’t have one, she don’t even know how to make the things work. When she was first visited the island there was no water to drink on that island there was no electricity on that island.

So they took a team of architects there and they told there it’s a too small place nobody will come there and one architect was said that instead of making a work space or office why don’t you make a hotel and she loved the idea but she had no experience in construction and no experience in hospitality but above anything else she had no money she had all but 3lakh rupees but a burning desire to do something and she went to 18 banks for a loan but everyone just turned her down. And in the beginning, the labours at the island had issues on working with her. But they still kept going and eventually became the friends. So the thing no matter how big your idea is, you have to necessarily have a lot of money to get your project of the ground and to be successful and also to the Indian context you don’t have to be man with a lot of backing to be very successful you can be a women and still pull all the things off. Now the island is on the world’s best list.

Author :
Mohit Arya


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