Kalpana Sarojs life


Kalpana Sarojs life is a classic rags-to-riches story. Kalpana was not just born poor. She was born into a Dalit family. Dalits, also known as untouchables, are at the bottom of society according to the traditional Indian caste system.


Kalpana says that girls were seen as a burden on their families. And educating girls was seen as a waste. The norm at the time was for Dalit girls to get married young. Her father buckled under the pressure of the community and took her out of school in the 7th grade. He then married her off to a 22-year-old man. Kalpana was just 12 years old.


Her in-laws forbade her from writing home, and they had no telephone. She felt completely alone. If the house wasnt clean enough or if the food was burnt or too salty, she was beaten. She was regularly kicked, punched and emotionally abused.


Six months after her marriage, her father came to visit. He was shocked to find her starved with ripped clothes and tangled hair. Her husbands brother told him See what shes like? If she doesnt shape up, well strip her and hang her from a tree.


Her father was horrified and said he would take her home, but her new family refused. They said that Kalpana was theirs. Kalpanas father returned the next day and took her home.


One day, while her aunt was cooking dinner, Kalpana went into another room and drank three bottles of rat poison. Her aunt found her frothing at the mouth and screamed. Kalpana fell into a coma but eventually recovered.


 Kalpana moved to Mumbai where she got a job at a factory.  She was unable to work the sewing machines, so she picked lint off the fabric. She was paid just 15 cents a day, but she was ambitious. While her co-workers went to lunch, she practised on the sewing machines. After some time she was promoted to a tailor making $5 a day. It was the first happiness in 15 years, she said: Ive earned millions. But that initial $5 was the most satisfying.


Kalpana saved her money and eventually was ready to start her own business. Together with some other poor, but ambitious women, she got a business loan from the government. They opened a furniture business, and it thrived. Kalpana started to make a name for herself as a savvy businesswoman.


Kalpana next invested her money into real estate and development. Kalpana moved from real estate to invest in a sugar company and finally, her most audacious deal, buying Kalpani Tubes. It was a company with 24 million dollars of debt and mired in lawsuits. She said, Only a mad person would sink 116 billion rupees in a company with no profit in sight, and that person is me. Kalpanas Midas touch turned the company around, and its now worth over 100 million dollars.


Kalpana isnt in it just for herself. She takes pride in giving back to her community. She has returned to her village and set up schools and given jobs to abused women. And she has created an NGO teaching poor people how to get business loans. She says: Ivy League degrees and fancy MBAs are not what makes an entrepreneur. Grit, perseverance, and a superhuman ability to have faith in yourself do.


Previously Shared Stories, 

Enjoy Reading;


| Bond of Love and the Truth

| The Circle of Good Deed

| The Seven Wonders

| The Frog in Hot Water

| Your Chance of a Greater Good

| The Bridge

| Your Chance of a Greater Good

| Act of Kindness and Goodwill

| Happiness and Sorrow

| Developing a Relationship

| Dont let anyone steal your dreams.

| The Needs and Desires

| The Ant and The Dove

| The Lion and a Clever Fox

| Sometimes Just let it be

| Choose Your Words Wisely

| Hundred Gold Coins & Birbal

| Farmers Well & Witty Birbal

| Tenali Rama and the Brinjal Curry

| How long can you keep hatred in your heart?

| Appreciation of Hard Work

| Little Boys Meeting with God

| 100 Percent Love

| An Old Man Lived in the Village

| A Kings Painting

| This was bound to happen

| Wealth without a Value

| Learn to Appreciate

| Fox and The Goat

| The Golden Egg

| Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow

| The Three Questions

| The Old Man and the Three Young Men

| The Bear and The Two Friends

| Think Before You Judge

| Georgie Porgie

| A Wise Old Owl

| Baa Baa Black Sheep

| Beg Your Pardon Mrs Hardin

| A limit of your Kindness

| The Man and The Little Cat

| The False Human Belief

| Making Relations Special

| The Monkey and The Crocodile

| The Wicked Barbers Plight

| The Wooden Bowl

| Smartest Man in the World

| The Little Mouse

| Helping Others

| Fear vs Respect

| Little Boys Love for his Family

| Unity is Strength

| The Pig and The Sheep

| Father Son Conversation

| Whats for Dinner

| The Poor Mans Wealth
| Grandpas Table

| The Lazy Farmer

| Who or What do we love more?

| The Three Types of People

| The Cat, the Partridge and the Hare

| Birbals Wisdom

| The Travelers and The Plane Tree

| Boys Job Appraisal

| Birbal caught the Thief

| Five More Minutes

| The Kite without a thread

| Lesson Learned

| The Wet Pants

| Cycle of Evil

| The Farmer and the Snake

| A Man with a Lamp

| The King and Macaw Parrots

| A friend in need is a friend indeed.

| A Town Mouse and A Country Mouse

| Rose for Mother

| The Praying Hands

| One who read the future

| Always let your boss have the first say

| Crows in the Kingdom

| The Dreaming Priest

| Information Please

| Why Should I feel Bad?

| Two Frogs

| Baby Camel and Mother

| The Eternal Bond of Brother and Sister

| Dont let anyone steal your dreams.

| Always let your boss have the first say

| The Man and the Lion

| The Needy King and a Sage

| The Pot of the Wit

| Wealth without a Value

| The Eagle and the Woodcutter

| The Wild Doves

| The Swan and the Owl

| Zeus and the Potsherds

| The Wise Old Man

| Having a Best Friend

| A Soldiers Story

| Never to Give Up

| Looking at Mirror

| Lazy Donkey

| Controlling Temper

| Gift from Daughter

| Father and the Donkey

| The Seven Ravens

| Rodney Rhino's weekend Plans

| Sunny Days Favourite Sounds

| The Easter Story

| Simple Life Rules

| Ramu and the Mangoes

| Greedy Motu Mal

| The Snowdrop

| The Last Pearl

| The Fountain of Youth

| The Naughty Clock Winder

| The Magic Turtle

| The First Messenger

| The Cold Planet

| The Loss of Treasure

| The Turtle and the Monkey

| The Friend's Pot

| The Loss of Treasure

| Stubborn Goats

| Birbals Khichri (Rice)

| The Fox and the Grapes

| Boys Weakness

| The Rabbit and the Turtle

| The Rabbit and the Turtle

| Pundit and Rich Man

| The Best Practice Ever

| Love is in the Air

| Lost and Found

| The Pet Shop

| The Story of Eklavya

| Greedy Motu Mal

| Kimberly's Acting

| Language Confusion

| Nicole's Drums

| Sean and the Birthday Cake

| What are You Talking About?

| Emily's Secret

|  April's Month

| A Surprise from Australia

| The Clever Student








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| Kalpana Sarojs life

Kalpana Sarojs life


Kalpana Sarojs life is a classic rags-to-riches story. Kalpana was not just born poor. She was born into a Dalit family. Dalits, also known as untouchables, are at the bottom of society according to the traditional Indian caste system.


Kalpana says that girls were seen as a burden on their families. And educating girls was seen as a waste. The norm at the time was for Dalit girls to get married young. Her father buckled under the pressure of the community and took her out of school in the 7th grade. He then married her off to a 22-year-old man. Kalpana was just 12 years old.


Her in-laws forbade her from writing home, and they had no telephone. She felt completely alone. If the house wasnt clean enough or if the food was burnt or too salty, she was beaten. She was regularly kicked, punched and emotionally abused.


Six months after her marriage, her father came to visit. He was shocked to find her starved with ripped clothes and tangled hair. Her husbands brother told him See what shes like? If she doesnt shape up, well strip her and hang her from a tree.


Her father was horrified and said he would take her home, but her new family refused. They said that Kalpana was theirs. Kalpanas father returned the next day and took her home.


One day, while her aunt was cooking dinner, Kalpana went into another room and drank three bottles of rat poison. Her aunt found her frothing at the mouth and screamed. Kalpana fell into a coma but eventually recovered.


 Kalpana moved to Mumbai where she got a job at a factory.  She was unable to work the sewing machines, so she picked lint off the fabric. She was paid just 15 cents a day, but she was ambitious. While her co-workers went to lunch, she practised on the sewing machines. After some time she was promoted to a tailor making $5 a day. It was the first happiness in 15 years, she said: Ive earned millions. But that initial $5 was the most satisfying.


Kalpana saved her money and eventually was ready to start her own business. Together with some other poor, but ambitious women, she got a business loan from the government. They opened a furniture business, and it thrived. Kalpana started to make a name for herself as a savvy businesswoman.


Kalpana next invested her money into real estate and development. Kalpana moved from real estate to invest in a sugar company and finally, her most audacious deal, buying Kalpani Tubes. It was a company with 24 million dollars of debt and mired in lawsuits. She said, Only a mad person would sink 116 billion rupees in a company with no profit in sight, and that person is me. Kalpanas Midas touch turned the company around, and its now worth over 100 million dollars.


Kalpana isnt in it just for herself. She takes pride in giving back to her community. She has returned to her village and set up schools and given jobs to abused women. And she has created an NGO teaching poor people how to get business loans. She says: Ivy League degrees and fancy MBAs are not what makes an entrepreneur. Grit, perseverance, and a superhuman ability to have faith in yourself do.


Previously Shared Stories, 

Enjoy Reading;


| Bond of Love and the Truth

| The Circle of Good Deed

| The Seven Wonders

| The Frog in Hot Water

| Your Chance of a Greater Good

| The Bridge

| Your Chance of a Greater Good

| Act of Kindness and Goodwill

| Happiness and Sorrow

| Developing a Relationship

| Dont let anyone steal your dreams.

| The Needs and Desires

| The Ant and The Dove

| The Lion and a Clever Fox

| Sometimes Just let it be

| Choose Your Words Wisely

| Hundred Gold Coins & Birbal

| Farmers Well & Witty Birbal

| Tenali Rama and the Brinjal Curry

| How long can you keep hatred in your heart?

| Appreciation of Hard Work

| Little Boys Meeting with God

| 100 Percent Love

| An Old Man Lived in the Village

| A Kings Painting

| This was bound to happen

| Wealth without a Value

| Learn to Appreciate

| Fox and The Goat

| The Golden Egg

| Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow

| The Three Questions

| The Old Man and the Three Young Men

| The Bear and The Two Friends

| Think Before You Judge

| Georgie Porgie

| A Wise Old Owl

| Baa Baa Black Sheep

| Beg Your Pardon Mrs Hardin

| A limit of your Kindness

| The Man and The Little Cat

| The False Human Belief

| Making Relations Special

| The Monkey and The Crocodile

| The Wicked Barbers Plight

| The Wooden Bowl

| Smartest Man in the World

| The Little Mouse

| Helping Others

| Fear vs Respect

| Little Boys Love for his Family

| Unity is Strength

| The Pig and The Sheep

| Father Son Conversation

| Whats for Dinner

| The Poor Mans Wealth
| Grandpas Table

| The Lazy Farmer

| Who or What do we love more?

| The Three Types of People

| The Cat, the Partridge and the Hare

| Birbals Wisdom

| The Travelers and The Plane Tree

| Boys Job Appraisal

| Birbal caught the Thief

| Five More Minutes

| The Kite without a thread

| Lesson Learned

| The Wet Pants

| Cycle of Evil

| The Farmer and the Snake

| A Man with a Lamp

| The King and Macaw Parrots

| A friend in need is a friend indeed.

| A Town Mouse and A Country Mouse

| Rose for Mother

| The Praying Hands

| One who read the future

| Always let your boss have the first say

| Crows in the Kingdom

| The Dreaming Priest

| Information Please

| Why Should I feel Bad?

| Two Frogs

| Baby Camel and Mother

| The Eternal Bond of Brother and Sister

| Dont let anyone steal your dreams.

| Always let your boss have the first say

| The Man and the Lion

| The Needy King and a Sage

| The Pot of the Wit

| Wealth without a Value

| The Eagle and the Woodcutter

| The Wild Doves

| The Swan and the Owl

| Zeus and the Potsherds

| The Wise Old Man

| Having a Best Friend

| A Soldiers Story

| Never to Give Up

| Looking at Mirror

| Lazy Donkey

| Controlling Temper

| Gift from Daughter

| Father and the Donkey

| The Seven Ravens

| Rodney Rhino's weekend Plans

| Sunny Days Favourite Sounds

| The Easter Story

| Simple Life Rules

| Ramu and the Mangoes

| Greedy Motu Mal

| The Snowdrop

| The Last Pearl

| The Fountain of Youth

| The Naughty Clock Winder

| The Magic Turtle

| The First Messenger

| The Cold Planet

| The Loss of Treasure

| The Turtle and the Monkey

| The Friend's Pot

| The Loss of Treasure

| Stubborn Goats

| Birbals Khichri (Rice)

| The Fox and the Grapes

| Boys Weakness

| The Rabbit and the Turtle

| The Rabbit and the Turtle

| Pundit and Rich Man

| The Best Practice Ever

| Love is in the Air

| Lost and Found

| The Pet Shop

| The Story of Eklavya

| Greedy Motu Mal

| Kimberly's Acting

| Language Confusion

| Nicole's Drums

| Sean and the Birthday Cake

| What are You Talking About?

| Emily's Secret

|  April's Month

| A Surprise from Australia

| The Clever Student








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