Know Me

Born in Rajkot, in Gujarat, Western India, I hail from a family that was involved in farming as well as business activities. After graduating in Commerce and Mechanical Engineering, I joined my family’s textile business. While managing the family business, I realised that electricity, as a resource, was the biggest reason for increase in cost of operations. The business was also getting hit due to frequent power outages. This inspired me to enter the power sector through renewable energy and I established Suzlon in 1995.

It gives me great happiness to see the progress that Suzlon has made over the years in providing sustainable and alternative power solutions in the form of wind and solar energy.

One among five siblings, I am a strong believer of family values. I enjoy spending time during holidays with my extended family of brothers and sisters. I am also fond of meeting people and learning about their cultures.

My wife, Gita, a homemaker, is the fulcrum of my life. Gita has an aesthetic inclination and indulges in her artistic pursuit through oil and water paintings. We have two children — Pranav and Nidhi, who, after having completed their masters in USA and Canada respectively, are working in different professional capacities. I have always made an effort to be their guide and mentor, encouraging them to grow into responsible individuals, with feet firmly on the ground.

My beliefs

  • Commitment — success can only be achieved when you fulfil your commitments to your stakeholders, creating value for them in the process.
  • Honesty — for creating a strong and enduring bond with the stakeholders, it is important to be honest with them.
  • Transparency — ensures that various events in an organisation are transitioned smoothly with approvals from various stakeholders.
  • Punctuality — managing every activity and event in a time-bound manner is imperative for the success of the organisation.

I get inspired by

Not really inspired by any individual but more by companies such as:

  • Reliance – think big & execute smartly to create value
  • Tata – to create value and drive the country as well as maintain respect and values
  • Infosys – created opportunity for employees and shared wealth with the deserving

Favourite book

I love reading biographies and my favourite book is Biography of Akio Morita by Edwin Reingold — for the depiction of sheer entrepreneurial drive shown by Akio, and how he managed to build a strong empire despite difficulties.

Most memorable moments

  • "Champion of the Earth 2009" award by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
  • "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006" award by Ernst & Young
  • "Hero of the Environment" Award by TIME Magazine