DARE TO DREAM MS OBEROI PDF

Pages: Price: Rs Turn down the thermostat, fluff up the down-filled pillow, buzz room service and order up some caviar and a snifter of superior cognac, hang out the Do-not-Disturb sign on the doorknob and cancel the wake-up call. Then, with soft Muzak hovering discreetly in the background, wallow luxuriously in a dream. Dream of an elegant farmhouse on the outskirts of Delhi, where an old man sits in aristocratic solitude every evening on a Queen Anne chair surrounded by the memories and mementoes of an eventful life. He presents, even at the ripe old age of 90, the perfect image of the perfect host.

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Pages: Price: Rs Turn down the thermostat, fluff up the down-filled pillow, buzz room service and order up some caviar and a snifter of superior cognac, hang out the Do-not-Disturb sign on the doorknob and cancel the wake-up call.

Then, with soft Muzak hovering discreetly in the background, wallow luxuriously in a dream. Dream of an elegant farmhouse on the outskirts of Delhi, where an old man sits in aristocratic solitude every evening on a Queen Anne chair surrounded by the memories and mementoes of an eventful life. He presents, even at the ripe old age of 90, the perfect image of the perfect host. Three-piece suit, mirror-shine shoes, liveried waiters hidden in the shadows. Oberoi: impressive legacy The voice is halting, at times unsure, as he gropes for moments misted by time.

There is an air of modesty quite at odds with his achievements. Those around him will rectify that in tones of wonder and awe, fleshing out his sparse offerings with the stuff that makes for all legends. Like all legends, it has a fairy-tale resonance. How he started life as an ordinary hotel clerk earning Rs 50 a month while sharing a tiny one-room tenement with his wife. How fate and ambition overcame the lack of fortune to lay the foundations of an empire that would one day girdle the globe.

This is, in a sense, his final will and testament. The empire has already passed into the hands of his heirs. The Rai Bahadur, the British title by which he is popularly known, spends more time nowadays with his milch cows and the roses in the perfectly-manicured gardens rather than in overseeing the luxury hotels that brought him fame and considerable fortune.

He still peers at files and complaints that come to him from the odd Oberoi hotels stretching from Bombay to Bali and Madras to Melbourne. But the involvement is more a matter of respect than requirement. His stamp is already there in every Oberoi hotel room, kitchen, scullery, whatever. Excerpt With the Oberoi Intercontinental in New Delhi, something far more revolutionary had been introduced into Indian hoteliering than wake-up calls and health clubs.

The tremors of outrage reverberated all the way to Parliament, but Rai Bahadur remained unshaken. Every international hotel had them, and this would too. Oberoi was exploiting young women, they cried; virtue could not be exchanged over the counter like a room key, they cried.

Whether the Rai Bahadur found Bachi Karkaria or she found him is between the two of them. It is, by any standards, a story worth telling and she tells it well enough. Biographies are difficult projects where great men are concerned.

The successes so obviously dilute the failures that the myth tends to subjugate the man. The victim more often than not is credibility. Karkaria has made an effort to correct that failing and tried to breathe life into a man who is already part-myth. So, draw the drapes, drain the cognac, slide under the snow-white sheets and switch off the lights.

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Dare To Dream: The Life Of M.S. Oberoi

When he was six months old, his father, a contractor in Peshawar , died, leaving his mother with few resources. After attending schools in his village and nearby Rawalpindi , he passed the Intermediate College Examination in Lahore , but was unable to continue attending classes because of lack of finances. Instead, he learned typing and shorthand. In , Oberoi came to Shimla to escape from the epidemic of plague and got a job as front desk clerk, at The Cecil Hotel at a salary of Rs 50 per month. He was a quick learner and took many additional responsibilities. The manager of Cecil, Mr.

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Book Review: Dare to Dream A Life of M.S. Oberoi by Bachi Karkaria

Oberoi Write a review Jul 20, Rishi Prakash rated it it was amazing Oberoi has been THE brand for me when it comes to hospitality industry seeing it first hand in last few years. I picked this book just to see how they reached where they are today and to understand what it takes for someone to get so good and amazingly consistent across so many properties which is their hallmark!! It is indeed a fascinating tale which truly starts in when Rai Bahadur thought of applying for a job by taking the test for the PWD Power and Works Department , which was the Oberoi has been THE brand for me when it comes to hospitality industry seeing it first hand in last few years. It is indeed a fascinating tale which truly starts in when Rai Bahadur thought of applying for a job by taking the test for the PWD Power and Works Department , which was the first test he ever took and failed to clear leading him to a different career path which became his destiny. I would like to quote just one such paragraph from the book: "The effects of Spencer and Coa neglect of AHI had to be reversed. Flashmans at Rawalpindi required a new wing.

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