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Movers & shakers Nanu Enterprises: A multifaceted growth BHARATI PAWASKAR

The great entrepreneur of his times – Crisna Nanu Naik fondly known as Bhaoo – who started as young as 15 and is still going strong at ripe 87, is a living legend, heading Nanu Enterprises, a group of private limited companies – Nanu Engineers, Nanu Resorts, Nanu Estates, Nanu Investments, Nanu Industries and Nanu Farms, to name a few! Bhaoo, an industrious and visionary, is the Chairman of the above said group of companies. Believing that sky is the only limit and inspiring people around him and moving ahead with strong family ties Nanu, today, is a name in civil and electrical infrastructure, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, financing, farming and much more. The growth graph of Nanu is heading for the platinum jubilee now with only three years left to complete 75 years of non-stop journey. Bhaoo started with a general merchandise shop at Betalbatim way back in 1938. He had to shoulder the responsibility of the family and the shop at a very young age. Later in 1957 he started wholesale business as importers-exporters in general merchandise in Margao. Years later from 1972, with the entry of Bhaoo’s three sons Pravas, Narayan (Mahesh) and Sandesh, the business grew manifold. From 2000 onwards Bhaoo’s grandsons have stepped in Niresh, Naval and Sankalp with now seven of them working together meticulously. It’s a family business, after all! Pravas and Narayan graduated together – Pravas with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Narayan in Civil. The real upward journey kick started in 1973, with M/s Electro Engineering Enterprises and M/s N K Naik & Associates. 1977 witnessed the birth of manufacturing mosaic tiles and cement blocks – Kristile Cement Products. Later in 1980 they entered into Real Estate business as Sapana Real Estates. The journey took an interesting turn in 1981, with Sapana Ceramics that indulged with the production of tiles and bricks. It was a half-completed project. After we purchased it, Pravas went to Germany and Italy to learn the techniques of running this German make model. They commissioned the factory in 1982 with the production of 36,000 bricks per day. Pravas tells with pride that it was second such plant in India, fully automatic. However, later, due to the non-availability of required clay and the cost of the coal and oil gone up, this plant had to be closed in 2002. Nevertheless it was operating for 20 good years. Some part of this premise is used for electrical switchboard manufacturing unit – Nanu Industries. With Nanu Resorts (1993) at Betalbatim beach and Nanutel (1997) at Margao operating full-fledged, Nanus are planning to start a chain of 3-star hotels all over India. Venturing into other fields Nanus started Basaltic Metal mining and crushing plant, fully automatic with a capacity of 1000 tonnes per day at Conquirem, Valpoi. Early this year ‘manufactured sand’ project kick started. “This washed sand manufacturing unit is getting good response and so one more crushing plant at Dodamarg (Maharashtra) is scheduled to commission next year,” tells Pravas. Nanu Farms, situated at Rivona, is the ancestral property of 75 acres developed for plantations – bananas, nuts, spices and coconuts are the main crops taken from 1962. Later additional 125 acres was acquired at Sulcornem. “It is a solace for my father who visits it twice a week for rejuvenation. It’s his hobby to toil in the soil at this age,” tells Pravas, who himself has spiritual inclinations. Yoga, morning walk, sudarshan kriya and reading are a part of his daily routine. A family man, versatile Pravas loves globetrotting. In his recent tour to Norway he witnessed the midnight sun. Experiencing the goodness of a joint family business Pravas

Tata Docomo launches 3G services in M’rashtra circle

Workshop on packaging of processed foods on Nov 26


has an excellent piece of advice – “Stay united. Working together is best for expanding the business with division of the responsibilities. Different businesses could be handled by different members in the family, each contributing according to his capacity and calibre. Have regular meetings and clear misunderstandings. Remain transparent in all matters – be it family or business.” Pravas got involved with the Art of Living in the beginning of the millennium. Within a year he became the President of the Organising Committee that was in charge of AoL Goa state. Speaking on the subject he shares, “My association with the Art of Living Foundation has helped me to introspect and look within.” Praising the sudarshan kriya, Pravas says, “It brings in the coolness of mind. It helped me to control my anger and blessed me with peaceful sleep and zero stress of whatsoever kind.” As a Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies, a Management College at Margao, Goa, he along with Dr Venkatesh Hegde, R S Kamat and Arjun Chowgule, work for the betterment of the society. Pravas is also an apex member of AoL, Goa state. With total faith in God – Ramnathi being his Kuldev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar his spiritual Guru, Pravas does Sudarshan Kriya daily. Active in the devasthan committee he is a member of Ramnathi Charity Trust. He was instrumental in setting up Ambika Yoga Kutir in Comba, Margao in 1999. In real estate it is the quality and time that counts while in real life adding life to our years is important. Believing in this concept Pravas speaks high of his Guru who has been instrumental to change his outlook towards life. Mentioning AoL programmes like Brahmanaad (Noida), Antarnaad (Pune) that were recorded in the Guinness Book he explains – “Brahmanaad witnessed 1250 sitarists performing together, while Antarnaad saw 2700 vocalists singing in one voice. Annabrahma was held on 2 November this year in Ahmedabad, where 5600 vegetarian dishes were presented on one platform and later distributed to 35,000 under privileged children.” Pravas has witnessed his charismatic spiritual Guru speaking to mesmerised crowds, thousands in numbers, touching their souls, transforming their lives and blessing them each with peace of mind. “Guruji brings discipline into our lives,” says Pravas adding, “I remember AoL Silver Jubilee function held in Bangalore in 2006 where 25 lakh people had gathered and lived together peacefully for 3 days.” Such rich experiences have added vigour to the life of this multifaceted personality. Pravas, in his early sixties, has a long journey ahead with no additional baggage of stress, thanks to Sri Sri! Pravas means journey in Marathi. So since journey itself is thy name Pravas – travel light! Bon voyage!

The Tata Docomo, the GSM arm of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra), today formally launched its 3G services. “It will equip customers with dual advantage and trusted service from the well known house of Tatas,” President of Tata Teleservices Ltd, Pankaj Sethi, told reporters, here. The 3G network, set up with assistance of NTT Docomo, supports high speed internet access with speed up to 21.1 mbps and also supports HighDefinition voice (HD voice) for a superior voice experience on calls, Sethi said. “While 3G is next generation of mobility with its better voice clarity, fewer call drops and high speed internet, the impact is likely to have on consumers lives is much greater,” Chief Operating Officer of the company, Anupam Verma said. The company also announced attractive and innovative plans like small screen plan and large screen plan, for consumer to upgrade to 3G life. The plan option is ranging from Rs 750 to Rs 200 offering 750 to 5000 free call minutes, they said.

N C Saha, Director, Indian Institute of Packaging, addressing the press in the presence of Air Cmde P K Pinto AVSM, Director General, GCCI, and Mr J B Pinto, Executive Secretary, GSIA. HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) will organise a workshop on “Packaging of Processed Foods for the Cottage, Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs” on November 26 at The Taj Vivanta, Panjim. The workshop aims at disseminating information on the trends and technology in the packaging of processed foods, create awareness about the importance of packaging and also to promote the export market with the use of innovative packaging design & development, standardization, etc. The workshop will focus on creating awareness of the importance of packaging among

the cottage, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. Seminars have also been conducted in other cities like Guwahati, Delhi, Agartala and Tirupati to target SMEs and MSMEs located across the country. Individuals involved in the manufacture of traditional processed food products, representing these industries have been invited to participate in the workshop without any registration fee. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane will inaugurate the workshop while Ashok Sinha, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt of India and K R Prasad, Deputy Director (I/ C), MSME, Goa will also attend.

The workshop will be addressed by Dr U Venkateswarlu, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and N C Saha, Director, IIP along with other faculty members of IIP. Addressing media persons, NC Saha, Director, HP stated that The emergence of globalisation and liberalisation of trade policies has had a phenomenal effect on the Indian society like an increase in the population of the middle class, transformations in the lifestyle, increase of literacy and a boom in the retail market. At present, India ranks fifth among 30 emerging retail markets in the developing countries. The organised retail market is also expected to grow from 2% to 20% of the total retail industry in India by 2015, he added. He further stated that the IIP is taking initiatives to help industries involved in packaging to benefit from these advancements. These industries need special attention for their upgradation in terms of technology and technical expertise for their sustenance in this competitive world. With an expectation of around 100 participants, these industries are showing a positive response to these initiatives.

Caculo Ford celebrates 500 Figos on Goa roads HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, NOV 22

Caculo Ford, the authorised dealers for Ford delivered the 500th Figo in Goa. Since its launch, Figo has captured the imagination of new car buyers across India and the response has been extraordinary. Figo buyers have appreciated best-in-class features, good looks, superior drive ability and above all, very affordable pricing. Ford Figo has received overwhelming response from its customers in Goa. The innumerable bookings that are pouring in only reflect that today’s customers want to buy products that offer value for money and make them feel great about making a smart choice. The Ford Figo comes with 2 year/1,00,000 kms warranty and with service intervals of 10000 kms per year. Ford reassures its commitment and confidence in the Ford Figo.

Manoj Caculo, Chairman, Caculo Motors Pvt Ltd, handing over a special gift and car keys to Mr and Mrs Bento Lopes, 500th Figo customer in Goa. Also seen in the picture is Harish Borkar, General Manager, Caculo Ford.