The £180m hotel that Surinder Arora is building to open in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games, will be the only hotel in Heathrowís new terminal. The move shows a shrewd business mind hiding inside that humble man. The hotel will have near 100 per cent occupancy throughout the year and with travellers coming in and flying out, itís once hotel that wonít have a lean season. That Arora has built his empire from scratch is an amazing achievement. He should be a model for every Indian living outside. He shows that when it comes to work ethics, Indians lead by a mile.
Aroraís plans to open a four-star hotel at The Brit Oval in 2009, home of the Surrey County Cricket Club, in time for the 2009 Ashes series against Australia, makes me wonder why our Indian cricket establishment isnít doing anything of that sort. The Brit Oval aims to create world-class cricket viewing and spectator facilities. Why are Indiaís cricket stadiums in such a bad shape. I mean they have tarps in this day and age, when in Sydney they have a retractable roof supplied by Indiaís Salem Steel. The Indian cricket board is sitting on a cash pile thatís equal to the GNP of a small country, and our stadiums reek of neglect. Arora has vision and the gutsósadly those are qualities we lack.
Entrepreneurs like Arora are a breed apart from the usual business community crowd. He seems to be riding this tremendous wave that has taken him from one acquisition to another. All it take is one manís passion and the right opportunity. What Surender Arora has done is demonstrate that hard work does pay.
NRIís best friend
L.M Singhvi was indeed a friend of the overseas Indian. It was under him in 2000 that the Indian government set up a high level committee on the diaspora, to prepare a comprehensive report on the Indian diaspora. The appointment of the committee represented a benchmark in Indian history, for Singhvi recommended dual citizenship for foreign citizens of Indian descent settled in certain countries. NRIís all over the world should thank him for making their ephemeral links with India into a stronger connection. And thatís no small achievement.
One reason I love your magazine is that itís one of the few places where I can get to see the latest in sarees from India. The Satya Paul collection is awesome and frankly I havenít seen anything like it anywhere. Makes me wish for a second wedding, just so I can wear those gorgeous wedding sarees! I sometimes wonder whether these offering will take off in the West. American and European.
In touch with nature
Your health section is superb. The previous issue had some great topics and Yogi Ashwiniís column. He makes it sound so easy and his language is so easy to follow. Itís quite a useful section that gives me a 2-minute tour of natural healing techniques that cost me nothing.