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From selling tea on Marina Beach to running a chain of restaurants — Patricia Narayan's story

From selling tea on Marina Beach to running a chain of restaurants — Patricia Narayan's story

From selling tea on Marina Beach to running a chain of restaurants — Patricia Narayan's story

Patricia Thomas was only 17 when she married Narayan, a Hindu Brahmin boy, against the wishes of her conservative Christian family. She was disowned by her father, and, to make things worse, her Prince Charming turned out to be an abusive drug addict who had no time for her two children.

Left with no decision, Patricia took money related assistance from her mom and began a portable truck at Marina Beach. She utilized two debilitated people to help her in selling snacks, new squeeze, espresso, and tea. "The Marina is my business college, it is my MBA," Patricia disclosed to The Hindu in a meeting. 

Throughout the following years, her difficult work and devotion paid off, as she began spreading out into running bottles for workplaces across Chennai. In 1998, she become a chief of Sangeetha gathering's Nelson Manickam Road café. 

Patricia Thomas wedded Narayan at the negligible age of 17. All the more in this way, she was removed from her family home as her folks were against this between religion marriage. To top everything, the adoration for her life who she left everything for, transformed into a medication someone who is addicted soon and she was left with no cash and four hungry mouths to take care of. In any case, she wasn't the one to surrender and she chose to begin once again. In this manner, she set up a portable truck on Marina sea shore and with assistance from two exceptionally abled individuals, she began selling snacks, espresso, tea and juice. She guarantees that Marina was her business college as it trained her beginning and end there was to find out about maintaining a business. 

Throughout the following years, she began running flasks for workplaces in Chennai and soon in 1998, turned into the chief of Nelson Manckam street café. Nonetheless, it wasn't the finish of anguish for Patricia. In the year 2002, Narayan, died and after certain days, her little girl and child in-law lost their lives in an auto crash as well. These occasions appeared to have crushed Patricia yet she chose to clutch her decided soul and proceed onward. 

Patricia and her child before long set up their first café called "Sandeepha" which was named after her late girl. From that point forward, she has proceeded to dedicate all her chance to building and sustaining her eatery and making it greater and more well known than any time in recent memory. 

Her battles to make chances meet were troublesome however the mental fortitude and assurance she demonstrated was certainly exceptional. In 2010, her battles and negotiating prudence was valued and she won the 'FICCI Woman Entrepreneur of the Year' and before long turned into a motivation to all ladies the nation over. 

"I began my business with only two individuals. Presently, there are 200 individuals working for me in my eateries. My way of life has changed as well. From going in a cycle cart, I moved to auto carts and now I have my own vehicle. From a unimportant 50 paise a day, my income has gone up to Rs 2 lakh daily." - Patricia Narayan


12 Jun, 2020




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