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Interview with Ajay Gupta – Author of Decoding Business Minds

About the Author

Born in Delhi on December 8th , 1970, Ajay Gupta successfully set up business venturesin education, technology, and health care within a short period. He established his organization S.K. Educations Pvt. Ltd. in the year 1999. He is the founder of Bachpan Play School (2004) and Academic Heights Public Schools (2009), and he co-founded Rishihood University (2015). Also, Ajay Gupta mentors Prismart Productions (2013). Not to mention, his very first book “Decoding Business Minds” became the number-one bestseller on Amazon recently. Decoding Business Minds is a break from a stereotypical business book and is a practical guide to overcoming fears, creating the right attitude, and working consistently towards an actionable vision.

Bachpan is the flagship brand of S.K. Educations. It has 1100+ play schools across India. To provide quality education in the K-12 segment, Ajay Gupta effectually runs 100+ Academic Heights Public Schools (AHPS). His progressive thinking led him to collaborate with Prismart in 2013 for blending education and technology. By co-founding Rishihood University, Ajay Gupta made the final educational impact. With Rishihood University, he aims to deliver quality education that is also accessible to the specially-abled citizens of our society.

Ajay Gupta has lived with disabilities due to polio since he was 9 months old. He is a successful entrepreneur of unyielding resolve. An inspiration for many in the world of entrepreneurship, Ajay Gupta is additionally involved in philanthropy work. Moreover, he is an enthusiastic seed investor in innovative start-ups. He is always ready to mentor and assist aspiring entrepreneurs with his strong business acumen.


Q) Tell us about the idea behind the book?

The book is written with a mission to deliver quality stories and experiences that can help individuals in knowing their potential and working towards their aim. Though the book focuses more on the world of entrepreneurship, the anecdotes are enough to encourage the lost souls to ignite belief in themselves.

Q) How much time did it take in the process of writing?

The process of writing started with the research work with time. We worked on details and it took around a year to complete the entire process.

Q) What did the process of writing this book teach you?

The process had every lesson you can think of. It is not easy to convey what you think, you need discipline in your schedule, determination to complete even one page, and a desire to introspect your own self. I enjoyed the process and gave everything so that it can turn beneficial for the youth of our country.

Q) What inspired you to write this book?

The fact that we talk of jobs over entrepreneurship always bothered me. We all know what entrepreneurship can lead to and what a job cannot. I felt the need to prepare a book that can become a go-to guide for all entrepreneurs and young citizens of our country when they seek inspiration at any stage of life.

Q) Which is your favorite part of the book?

Though every part of the book is close to my heart, I would say the chapter that defines Maggi-inspired business deserves a special mention. It is a simple yet unique message that can be motivating for a lot of people out there.

Q) A book that had an impact on you, which helped you in writing this one?

It is hard to choose one. I have followed and read writers who have had their own styles which are attractive in different ways. If you want a name then I would say “Most and More” by “T.T. Rangarajan. I loved the book and even gave it to a number of people so that they don’t miss out on such a masterpiece.

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Q) Tell us about your plans? Planning a new book?

I am always in an urge to get myself busy with some work. With my entrepreneurial journey, I try to give equal time to the writer inside me. Currently, I am in the process of planning a book that is based on the success stories of various specially-abled individuals in our country. I hope that would also turn out to be an inspiration for the masses like the recent book.

Q) How did your life change after the book was published?

Life was the same, I was just happy that the book is getting so much love and people are admiring it. A few people thanked me for the lessons and guidelines I wrote in the book and that was the best part for me

Q) What is a literary success for you?

It is important to know the aim without thinking of what you will achieve. I had the aim of conveying important lessons of entrepreneurship and igniting the potential of the youth of our country. If even a single individual gets what he/she wants because of my book, I would consider it a literary success.

Q) A message for all the readers.

First of all, I would thank them for giving the book a read. Secondly, I would convey what I have tried to do in the book itself. You all should consider yourself a champion and run behind the goal you are aiming whether it is related to entrepreneurship or any other field. Don’t hide behind excuses and keep your eyes wide open because there’s always an opportunity around, you just need to grab it at the right moment and give it everything you have. Also, keep reading; you are on the right track.

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