Jose Thomas

My Blog

TIME FOR CHANGE
Saturday 31st December, 2016

Once again we have come to the transition of leaving old for something new! "Goodbye 2016.. Hello 2017!!" As we all know, our ancestors left the safety of their homes across the oceans and ventured into new life experiences in a new land, to create true meaning of life for the next generation and granted them the wisdom of "hope" . Let all of us now leave behind the old failures to take on new conquests in what lies ahead of us in 2017. Dear friends, some of you must have already started

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MODIJI MAGIC
Wednesday 16th November, 2016

What an amazing week!! The Indian Prime Minister’s magic of demonetization and the dramatic win of Donald J. Trump, President Elect, United States of America. It was such an interesting week for me as I was mostly glued to the television watching many debates and loads of news coverage. In this blog I am going to focus on the “Modiji Magic” which really drew world attention from many angles – positive and negative. Before I write about my views, let me congratulate ou

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God’s Call
Wednesday 15th June, 2016

Dear friends, It’s been a while since I have written a blog. I know it would seem like I’ve been off the radar, but it’s nothing but my extensively busy work schedule that has kept me off from writing. You’ll know I usually write about my past experiences and I think I have shared enough with all of you. From now on I intend to write on topics concerning matters that could be useful to the new generation as well. Let’s stay tuned once again and thank you for your unde

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YOUR ATTITUDE DECIDES YOUR ALTITUDE
Friday 26th June, 2015

Dear Friends, All of you know that I love communicating with all my readers and friends but due to my extensive travel schedule I have not been able to post my blogs on a regular basis. I am sure that in the future I will be able to live up to my own commitments by staying in touch with all of you. It’s about three years since I started writing and I have come across people world over who have appreciated what I have done in sharing my real life stories. In addition to

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NEW INITIATIVE
Wednesday 28th January, 2015

Dear Friends, I hope all of you are still enjoying your brand new month of January, 2015 and I am sure most of you have made plans for the remainder of the year. Once again, all the best!! For me, as usual, life is all about pursuing new avenues and chasing new ideas and desires. As time passes, day by day, I am getting excited about initiating new ideas and projects. It seems to be never ending. I am quite contented personally and keep asking myself “why am I doing all

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AIR ASIA CRASH
Friday 02nd January, 2015

It’s been a while since I posted my blogs. I must confess that this is due to unexpected and increased travel schedules. Of  late I have been flying more than what I should be doing  which put a lot of pressure on my time and time zone adjustments. I have written to you in the past that we must learn not to look back but to look ahead. I think I should be doing the same thing and instead of giving you reasons, I must now continue to write my experiences and my thoughts the

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A SAD STATE
Wednesday 27th August, 2014

 As I re-start writing my blog after a gap of almost two months, I feel great and encouraged to be engaged again writing to my friends.   From now on I will be writing on some general subjects purely from a businessman’s perspective.  As I sit down to write on this bright Sunday morning here in New York thrilled as usual dreaming about my aspirations, I thought I must share with you some of my philosophies and experiences. I was reading the India news on-line and I got to

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I EARNED MY PAY
Tuesday 06th May, 2014

Dear Friends , I am writing this story from New York, a place that I always enjoy living! – From Wall Street to Time square and back to SOHO where you generally see people from different walks of life. I have always observed people on the street with full of energy. People travelling in the subway to their work place and to different universities with ear plugs, listening to either music or motivational subjects, paying no attention to others but just being to themselv

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I OWE YOU AN APOLOGY
Wednesday 12th March, 2014

Dear Friends Generally I am not in the habit of apologizing or saying sorry, but sometimes “The big can also fall”. If Wall Street can fall, if Lehman brothers can fail, I too can slip on my goals and commitments. I am human as you are. But you may wonder why a person like me faltered in skipping at least four renders of my blog. While I keep high level of efficiency and my professional pride, I must admit that in the last two months, my work overtook my desires. Wr

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STUNT GROWTH.
Thursday 26th December, 2013

Dear Friends, I ended my last blog promising to write more about the world economy. To me, this is a very interesting subject because I spend a considerable amount of time studying the various economies and analyzing various initiatives by different governments worldwide. Some of you may wonder what my qualification to write about this subject is. I know for a fact that I am not an economist nor am I a Harvard graduate. I am just a businessman with 40 years of real world

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A ROLE TO PLAY
Tuesday 26th November, 2013

Hello everyone, Most of you probably know that I haven’t written a blog in the last one month. While I would like to take full responsibility for this, I must admit that I got too busy travelling extensively. I've covered about 15 nations in past 150 days! Learned a lot and it gave me new vision and hopes. Nonetheless, I am glad to have the opportunity to start writing again. As 2013 is coming to an end, I started to look back at the beginning of this year. The

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IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT MONEY
Thursday 26th September, 2013

Dear Friends, For those of you who read my blog, you know that my last blog was dedicated to the youth and as I brainstormed on what to write about this month something prompted me to touch upon on the topic of the youth and today’s world yet again. As we all know, children are the most precious gift God has given us. I know some children and young adults will be reading this blog and I will take no offence even if I get some criticism from them as my intention is for the

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BACK TO BASICS
Friday 16th August, 2013

Dear Friends, I would like to dedicate this blog to the youth all over the world considering the general expectations that everyone has in them. This includes my children as well. What we see today is sometimes a bit confusing, not knowing where the current generation is headed. With the total dependence now on the internet, I doubt if a growing kid or even an adult is using the God given brain to find out ‘why’ and ‘what’. I personally believe God is the architect

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CHOICE DAY 2013
Monday 15th July, 2013

Dear Friends, Life is all about memories isn’t it? As I write this blog on the 15th of July, the eve of a big day- ‘The Choice Day’, when all at Choice reminisces the past and dreams about the future. It’s been almost 30 years since we began celebrating Choice Day and as I write this, I remember the initial days, when Choice Day was celebrated with about 20 employees; today we have over 1500 employees. I feel immensely blessed for having the opportunity to lead this gre

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GO FOR IT
Friday 28th June, 2013

Dear Friends, The last few days have just been hectic for me, I’ve been virtually living on a plane and between airports.  All of you know that I have established my new dream of setting up my organization in Singapore. When I opened the office I didn’t have any clear idea of what I was supposed to do or what I was planning to do. As I write this blog, I can tell you that I have started exploring. Making a dream and making a plan is all good, but chasing the dream is

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IT’S POSSIBLE
Sunday 26th May, 2013

Dear Friends, IT’S POSSIBLE For the past close to four weeks I have been travelling extensively and right now I am writing this story from New York. Of late I feel very excited and energized about growth. The word “growth” is haunting me continuously and I feel triggered. I have become busier and have very limited time for even family and bit of fun. However I am enjoying every bit of it. Even though I have worked hard during my entire life, today I am able to di

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A BILLION DOLLAR DREAM
Friday 26th April, 2013

It’s been a long time since I had a chance to sit down and write something as I got caught in a mad rush. Just got busy. Guess you must be wondering why I am so busy. The urge to grow keeps pounding me and I have been on a wild chase looking for new opportunities. While routine work started to bore me a bit, I started to think of newer ideas and, I knew unless and until I stepped out of the routine schedule, I wouldn’t be able to divert my attention to reaching new hori

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Wednesday 27th March, 2013

Dear Friends, I am here in New York attending to very urgent and unexpected work, hence with great regret I must say that I am not able to post my story today. All of you are aware that I was writing twice a month ie. on the 16th and 26th and of late I am writing only once a month. I promise you that my new story will be published on the 16th of April and from then on I shall ensure that I write twice a month. Please do not take this as a failure but consi

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HOPING FOR A CHANGE
Tuesday 26th February, 2013

Dear Friends, In my last blog I wrote about my future plan of becoming a “politician or a teacher”. This vision of mine is something that is real and one that I want to pursue. But I know it is going to take time. If I become a politician, my first goal would be to give value for money to the public who pay taxes. I would even send a thank you note to honest tax payers acknowledging his or her contribution. All of us know this is not what is happening now. No one

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TRANSFORM THE WORLD

POLITICIAN OR TEACHER?

Saturday 26th January, 2013

I have always believed in synchronizing my gut feeling with what to do next. I have lived a life that is long enough for me to share my experiences. Toward the middle of 2012, I started to think of where I am headed. From the age of 16, after almost 40 years of struggle, I have reached where I am today. I have enjoyed facing problems and have always rejoiced when I cross each hurdle. But you know friends, this is no fun. It is easy to talk about one’s failures and

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WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
Monday 31st December, 2012

  As a New Year dawns, I wish to bring some changes in my life too. It has been 40 years since I have been taking care of the businesses, running the day to day activities, taking major and minor decisions. As part of my higher ambitions, I now wish to take the role of formulating strategic visions and involving in more creative thoughts and actions in the coming years. I am envisaging a larger dream and I wish to learn more, travel more and do many more things whic

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GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES
Sunday 16th December, 2012

Dear Friends, With almost a week left for millions to celebrate Christmas, bringing the pleasure of happiness and joy, all are in the festive mood. At the same time, all Americans here are in total shock to see what happened in Connecticut yesterday – 20 innocent children who had great aspirations between the age group of 5-10 and 4 adults shot dead in Sandy Hook Elementary School. Is this bad news? Yes, of course! Imagine those families who lost their children, near

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GOD BLESS AMERICA
Friday 16th November, 2012

As my plane touched down at The JFK International Airport at New York City on a beautiful October afternoon I could see the sun beaming down on that spectacular NYC Skyline and it brought a certain warmth to my heart- I was back in my second home! As I walked through the hallways towards the immigration area my mind started to wander and I started to ask myself, “What goals do I want to achieve during this visit”. Unlike my usual visits to America, this

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WALK DON’T RUN
Friday 26th October, 2012

Dear friends, I have written in the past about my New York City experiences and the stories about my start up days here in America. When I came here in 1986 and established the U.S. operations and unwittingly opened office in New York City, surrounded by the world’s financial giants, in and around Wall Street and as I sit in my office looking at the Manhattan skyline dreaming about new ventures, suddenly I thought about the possible threats that lie ahead of me and all of

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WALK ON THE HIGHWAY
Wednesday 26th September, 2012

  I woke up this morning and felt great about what happened in my life yesterday – a sense of another achievement, another milestone added to my life – Choice Paradise, the tallest residential structure built in South India delivered and inaugurated on 25th September 2012.  As I start

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NEGOTIATING WITH GOD
Wednesday 29th August, 2012

In my previous blog I mentioned that I would be writing about something special and that it would be about God. Most of you would have expected a preachy sermon. No, it is not so. Please read this blog from a creative perspective. I dream and think a lot, often analysing life as a whole and my own life in particular. I have, on various occasions, mentioned that I do not have a boss. I am not answerable to anyone nor do I report to anyone, I do not have shareholders or a

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Thursday 16th August, 2012

Dear Friends, Many times in my previous communications I have stated that I am am very committed to writing my blog. Ever since I started writing my blog, I have been sharing my experiences and my thoughts twice a month . Right now I am in New York, preparing to fly back to India after a stay of almost 30 days. Unlike on previous occasions when I used to normally start thinking of what to write about in my blog either on the previous day or on the same day, I hav

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PRIORITIZE YOUR PRIORITIES.
Thursday 26th July, 2012

Hello Friends, I am writing this story on board a flight, altitude around 38000 feet, flying just across Iraq. As I was flying I again started to think of what I should share with my readers next. I just came after a very busy three to four weeks stay in Cochin, dealing with various things, expected and unexpected. I am now writing this story flying to New York, a place that sometimes I feel very comfortable living there as a very ordinary person. I am not sayi

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IT HAPPENED
Monday 16th July, 2012

Today is July 16th, “The Choice Day”. I wonder how one more year has flown through my life. July 16th is a day of major reconciliation for me. I give a lot of importance to this day because it is on this day that I really got an opportunity to get back to my business life. It is the day I was born – my birthday. As I write this blog on this day, when all my employees are going through the momentum and heat of getting ready to take part in the Choice Day celebrations,

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Bailed Out
Wednesday 27th June, 2012

Dear Friends In the last couple of days I met with many new people related to my business – mostly consultants, people who offer solutions and guidelines for various finance related matters. They had lots of questions on certain situations that I had overcome in the past. Over the last couple of days I was like a story teller narrating my life’s experiences. As I sit down again to write my blog, I am filled with memories of my past, reminiscing about how I turned

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ROCK BOTTOM
Saturday 16th June, 2012

A movie delivers a subject, some morals and sometimes voices concerns and true stories. Likewise, the blogs I write, also hovers around the same theory of conveying something to my readers – a message, a voice! I have conveyed a lot to all of you and I don’t know how many have really benefited from it. I still have the energy and motivation to keep writing, to share my experiences and voice my concerns. After almost two months of living in the U.S., I am back in Cochin

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A WORD OF CAUTION
Sunday 27th May, 2012

Dear Friends, I am still here in the United States on an extended stay. It’s almost two months since I came here. Today is Saturday here, which is the beginning of a long week end where the Americans celebrate Memorial Day. As usual, I was thinking of what I should write about. While many ideas came to my mind, I kept pondering on whether I should write or not. But finally I decided to write about something that I thought my readers should read and pay attention to

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JUST WANTING TO BE HAPPY
Sunday 06th May, 2012

Dear Friends, It is 10 o’clock in the morning on Saturday here in New York, 8 p.m. in India. I have been in New York for the last three weeks, working very hard, attending to my business and also paying attention to my personal life. As I was thinking about what to write in this blog, I thought of writing about “Just wanting to be happy”. We all pass through different phases of life and sometimes feel that we are not happy because of our circumstances, because of

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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Tuesday 17th April, 2012

Dear Friends, All my Malayali friends, let me wish you all a very Happy Vishu My overseas friends may wonder what Vishu is? The State I live in,Kerala celebrates Vishu as the first day of the Hindu calendar. This is the day when families get together and as they wake up in the morning, they gear up to set their eyes on what are considered as auspicious things and expect to hear nothing but good news. They also get gifts, generally money from elders. Once again, I hop

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HOPE
Friday 06th April, 2012

Dear Friends, I wonder who invented the word “Hope”. Don’t all our lives revolve around the world of “Hope”? Do we realize how many times we mention the word “Hope” every day while we speak and write? Can you imagine a mind that’s bereft of “hope”? At the age of 17 when I lost my father I was shocked and I didn’t know what to do. I was quite concerned about my future, worried about the uncertainties of my life. But see what happened. It was “Hope” that saw me

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE IN DEBT
Monday 26th March, 2012

TO BE OR NOT TO BE IN DEBT That is the question! I believe it is good to have debt. When you have debt you put your foot out and go find ways and means to make it and settle it. I have seen so many people who say, I don’t want to take on debt. I don’t want to pay the bank. You know what these people mean inside? They simply don’t want to work hard and this is going to be my next story. One may wonder when you go to these large cities like New York, Tokyo, London

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A WHOLE NEW WORLD
Tuesday 06th March, 2012

Dear Friends, I continue to write my blog simply because I feel good sharing the experiences of my life with all of you. Many years are behind me with lots of challenges, lots of suffering but today I am in search of new horizons. I am on the look-out for new ventures, new businesses and new ideas. All of you are aware that the world has become very competitive with countries facing financial problems, especially in the European zone. I am an Indian and I live

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Monday 27th February, 2012

Next blog will be posted on 6th March.

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HAVE YOU BEEN FRUSTRATED?
Thursday 16th February, 2012

Have you ever been frustrated? We all have been, sometime or the other, including me. People who get frustrated and overcome it are people who become very successful in life. This is my theory. Through my blogs I have been writing various incidents and stories, sharing my thoughts about different aspects of life. Frustration is quite common today, especially amongst the new generation. The new generation often finds it difficult to face the hard realities of life a

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BOLD MOVE
Thursday 26th January, 2012

With a lot of uncertainties happening in this world related to financial health of nations, banks and political instability, I, as a businessman necessarily have to pay attention to these challenges. I usually try and stay on top of what goes on in the world. But of late my assessments have been giving me very negative picture of various economies. While I am aware of the fact that the U.S. economy is limping back into better health, the latest happenings in the Euro zon

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TECHNOLOGY - CHANGING LIVES
Monday 16th January, 2012

Hi Friends, I hope you are getting settled into 2012, the New Year. Once again I want to wish all my readers a very prosperous and peaceful 2012. I am here in New York and when I travel, which is quite a bit I always feel the need to keep in touch with my business pursuits through the internet. However even in the most sophisticated airlines I have not been able to get the internet connectivity. So the last week when I was flying from New York to Houston on South Wes

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THE IMPACT
Monday 26th December, 2011

As I continue my 2 nd   year of blogging and as I sit down to write my blog today on Christmas Eve, I feel pretty nostalgic about the year 2011 that will soon fall behind us.   As everyone gets busy trying to make their Christmas the best, spending time with their families and sharing gifts, I thought it is the perfect time to write something about the hard realities of life.  I am not trying to write something that will make any one sad or unhappy, but somet

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YOU WANT TO BE A BILLIONAIRE? GO FIND IT
Tuesday 06th December, 2011

I want to be a billionaire too - in dollar terms, the only currency that I would bet on. Talking about billionaires atop the heap is Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu, who added $20.5 billion to his fortune, more than any other billionaire. The telecom mogul, who gets 62% of his fortune from America Movil, is now worth $74 billion and has pulled far ahead of his two closest rivals. Bill Gates, No. 2, and Warren Buffett, No. 3, both added a mere modest $3 billion to their p

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Saturday 26th November, 2011

Watch out for my next blog on the 6th of December

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SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
Wednesday 16th November, 2011

I have just returned from an extensive tour of Japan, the first foreign country I visited in my life. I have written in my previous blogs about my early Japanese experiences. It was at the age of 17 that I first visited Tokyo, searching for opportunities. I made several trips to that country and learned quite a bit of their culture, character and their way of doing business. The large conglomerates like Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, Mitsui were a great deal of inspiration to me; ju

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D E S I R E
Wednesday 26th October, 2011

As the whole nation celebrates the "Festival of Lights.....Diwali", let me first wish all my readers a very Happy & Prosperous Diwali and I hope the Goddess Lakshmi will bring in happiness and prosperity for all of you. I too started to feel the spirit of Diwali around me even while I was aware that I was due to write my blog. I was, as usual, wondering what I should write on. My inner heart this time told me to write about "One's desires". DESIRE - We

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WINNING
Sunday 16th October, 2011

Dear Friends, I just got back after a long trip to the U.S. While I was there I had some new experiences which set me thinking and I felt I must share them with you.   Today's world is all about ` winning ’ and the term ` success ’ is not bandied about so much anymore. Everybody has their share of success, but to bring home the result is the key today.   As I write about winners, friends does any one of us remember the 2nd person who landed on th

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STAY ACCOMPLISHED
Monday 26th September, 2011

Dear Friends, Every day one learns! Don’t we? I do. Writing these blogs has helped me quite a bit in terms of examining my past and building my confidence.  Looking back always helps as it insures us against committing the same mistakes we made in the past. Life is a major challenge and we will have to deal with the unexpected and the unknown. Every day comes packed with unexpected challenges.   In this particular blog I am going to stay away

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BANKING CHALLENGES
Friday 16th September, 2011

Dear Friends As you can see, these days I have started to write about my concerns on the 'Challenges of doing businesses in India'. There are positive and negative aspects in doing business in India and we have to address both of these. As I grew up, I have on several occasions had to run from pillar to post to obtain approvals, sanctions, bank loans and many other needs. The banking system has since changed. In 1994, while I went through the worst financial

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A NEED FOR CHANGE
Friday 26th August, 2011

Dear Friends, From now on you will see a turn in my style of writing.  Though there are many more subjects related to my business and life that I want to share, I wanted to take a short break to voice some of my concerns, rather, even term it as frustration, that come in my way and maybe it is the same for others too, especially for those who run business enterprises in India within the small and medium scale category.  I belong to the small and medium scale catego

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FORWARD
Tuesday 16th August, 2011

Dear Friends,   This is my 39th post. Writing these past stories which are directly related to me and my business was very heartening for me as I could reminisce about where I started, the challenges that I faced and how I overcame them.  It wasn’t an easy journey, but here I am today feeling truly accomplished, with the strong belief that I have `miles to go before I sleep’.   Every morning I wake up with renewed vigour and the hop

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THE BEGINNING OF A BRAND - ‘TASTEE CHOICE’
Tuesday 26th July, 2011

Dear Friends, As I look back on my life I feel a great sense of accomplishment. In the past 14 months, I have written about the various things that have touched my life and all that I have faced. Today, by the grace of God, I must tell you, that most of those issues are behind me and God Almighty is holding me high, giving me the power of peace. I was never avaricious about making money and all I wanted was to settle my debts and feel the ‘power of peace’. Whatev

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OPPORTUNITIES DON'T COME BY SURPRISE
Saturday 16th July, 2011

Dear Friends, I have just returned to Cochin from the U.S. this morning. Even though I am a fighter, I am quite tired after the long journey - jet lag. I even pondered skipping the schedule of writing my story. Adding to the fatigue of the trip, I was confronted with many business issues as I got home and I had constant reminders that I had not written my story. Here again, I could have given up and made an excuse not to do it. But here I am, the previous night of the

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THE RECOVERY- MORE CHALLENGES
Sunday 26th June, 2011

Dear friends, I am aware that I am being very open about my failures and many people have asked me why I do this.  My intention in sharing my real life experiences is to condition the younger generation who are already facing a challenging world. Many people have become rich by virtue of inheritance.  They inherit fortunes or even prime properties in growing economies across the world, becoming instant millionaires. There was never a time in the past when pro

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HAVING FUN IN STYLE
Thursday 16th June, 2011

Dear Friends, I don’t want you to get the impression that I am always writing about ‘how I failed and recovered’.  I am simply narrating my life’s experiences.  In my case, I had more failures than success and I thought it would be very valuable to share this with my readers.  Hope you are not getting bored.  Hence, the new story “Having Fun in Style”. As the struggle continued, I started to see myself getting grumpy, incommunicative

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A SETBACK TO RECOVERY
Thursday 26th May, 2011

Recovery is always difficult - this is generally, everybody's notion. I also did think this way, occasionally, but I also knew that I had no other option but to recover. In my last story I wrote about reducing my debts burden. However, there were weekly ups and downs. It behaved like a seesaw, rather a push and pull. As the Asian currency crisis worsened, the Government of India was concerned about the Rupee depreciating its value against the U.S. Dollar, which definitely

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Tuesday 10th May, 2011

Dear Friends, It has been 365 days to the day that I began to share my experiences with you. It has been a trip worth making down memory lane, some painful, some exhilarating, some motivating and some even brought tears to my eyes. I had gut feeling about sharing my life with you all. With over 21,000 readers today, I am overwhelmed! I do not consider this an accident but acceptance. An open hearted acceptance from all of you. I wish to thank you for your unstinted support

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THE RECOVERY- PART 1
Friday 06th May, 2011

In my last story I wrote about how I averted my company from going bankrupt. Of course, it was great news and a great achievement. This is how the re-building exercise started. The collapse was so severe and the damages terrible. Even though I veered the company from bankruptcy, the challenge of putting the company back on track remained. It was like a patient in the ICU on ventilator support. The total debt was an astronomical figure of Rs.90 crores in 1995,

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The Turnaround
Saturday 16th April, 2011

My confidence level started to deteriorate.  I was on the verge of a   nervous breakdown as the situation of my company was pretty bad.  The high debt forced the company into a highly leveraged situation.  All the financial parameters were beyond comprehension and I was being advised by the consultants to take a strong decision and file for bankruptcy.  The reason for this advice was due to the fact that my company had gone into a negative net worth, which simpl

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TOUGH REALITIES
Saturday 26th March, 2011

My New Delhi saga ended with the grounding of ‘Choice Air’.  I started to wind up and was getting ready to move back to my headquarters in Cochin.  By this time, I knew nothing was going to be smooth sailing.  I was challenged by the fact that I was unaware of the damage that was caused due to my prolonged absence at the Head Office during the airline debacle.  I got back to Cochin and after fielding all the questions from the press and people around

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GROUNDED
Wednesday 16th March, 2011

Very quickly a year passed by, chasing the approval with the Civil Aviation Ministry. By now, I started to develop cold feet and my partners in Denmark were concerned about the delays in obtaining the permission. They began to get frustrated not only about launching an Airline in India, but also the future hurdles that they may have to encounter.  Even though, I too had faced enough and more challenges in my lifetime…but, this project was not going my way.  Yet,

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GETTING SET TO FLY
Saturday 26th February, 2011

My mind was fully set to enter the aviation industry.  The aviation industry was then controlled by the Government of India.  Air India and Indian Airlines, the government owned carrier, had the monopolistic benefit as only they were permitted to operate scheduled flights within India.  Monopolistic practices always leads to poor service and currently, the Government of India, under pressure from the people of the country, decided to open up the Indian skies to the pr

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MY WINGED DREAM
Sunday 06th February, 2011

It was 1993 and I was on top of the world. Everything was in perfect shape. I was building up deposits in the bank with very minimal borrowing. This is the most ideal situation an entrepreneur expects to be in. In spite of this comfortable situation, I used to work hard, putting in every effort with the hope of growing and improving my finances day by day. I simply loved making money (the legitimate way!). I wanted to be like many other successful people. Having role

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DOING THINGS IN STYLE
Wednesday 26th January, 2011

Dear friends, Things were going well. Business was growing day by day and I began to enjoy the experience of making money. Even though my Nellore factory was a challenge, it started to give results. It was a smooth ride - the Cochin factory, the shipping business and the brand new factory in Nellore. In the meantime, three more housing projects were completed – two in Cochin and one in Trivandrum. I was flying high. The school too made great progress and added man

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THE NELLORE SAGA
Thursday 06th January, 2011

Dear friends, Hope all of you had a great entry into 2011.  I hope you have read the message I posted on 31st midnight and found it inspiring. With Christmas and New Year behind us, I am now going back to my life experiences – my blog…..my stories. The factory in Cochin started making lots of money.  The shipping business was at its peak representing various shipping lines, Choice School and Choice Constructions started – everything was looking good, everything was

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MY MESSAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR
Friday 31st December, 2010

Dear Friends, What I am writing today is not a blog, but a message to my friends…… At midnight, tonight, as the curtain falls on 2010, most of us tend to forget the year that just went past and we look forward to the New Year with hope. It is quite natural that we forget the past, but I think we should take some time to ruminate and analyze where we failed (if we did), and why we did, the reason for failure and how we could do things differently and so on. It would also

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MERRY CHRISTMAS
Sunday 26th December, 2010

Dear friends, I hope all of you had a great Christmas and celebrated well, keeping in mind the spirit of sharing and giving. The year is ending soon and with Christmas behind us, I would like to dedicate this blog in thanking the Almighty for giving me the opportunity to be in a position where I can to reach out to many; from humble my beginnings to gaining the confidence of a few, if not many. Today, I have 15,000 reader s and when I see some of the comments

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I DID IT
Thursday 16th December, 2010

Lots of fun, lots of money, my IQF processing factory generating profits, new friends and acquaintances followed me through out. I was invited to every party, one too many invitations and I was finding it difficult to cope up with this. Friends, I still remember the days when no one invited me when I was struggling through life. I am sure some of my readers would be going through it now. When you start a project and that too, a new concept, you need not be sure of how s

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Monday 06th December, 2010

Dear Friends, Thank you for patronizing my blog as I see overwhelming response an each time I post a story. As you are aware, I have been posting three stories a month- on the 6th, 16th and 26th of every month and I propose to make a slight change to this. Since my work schedule related to my business has increased substantially, I propose only two posts a month, which will be on the 16th and 26th of every month. I hope my readers will understand this and make a note of

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LEADERSHIP
Friday 26th November, 2010

Everyone loves success and so do I. Previous posts have been pertaining more to hardship than success stories. As we move forward, you will see how my life changed –the way I took my business forward. The Choice Gardens housing project was completed, every apartment sold, securing a good reputation among my customers, made money and even today, I can confidently say that we were the first ones to introduce this new concept of living in Cochin, Kerala, India. Today you wi

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UPS AND DOWNS
Tuesday 16th November, 2010

Dear Friends, Most of the stories I have been posting relate to my early days, especially of my toil while chasing success. I always knew throughout the hardships that happiness awaited at the end. My time had also begun to change. I started to see the brighter side of life – more happiness and success. I had the clear intention of bringing IQF technology into India for the 1st time and with the concurrence of my business partner in Tampa, Florida, I was all set to fly

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BRIDGING THE GAP
Saturday 06th November, 2010

Dear Friends, As mentioned earlier, the next posts would be a continuation of my life experiences in the United States. I am satisfied in sharing these factual experiences with my readers, as many are in direct contact with me since I started to write. At this stage of my life I would like to contribute to society, looking for nothing in return. Even though I worked very hard, confronted many challenges, and climbed many a mountain, I believe my creator gave me all

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Tuesday 26th October, 2010

Dear Friends, Over the next few posts, I will be chronicling my experiences of starting up in America. From the e-mails I’ve been reading, I realise that most of my readers lean towards being entrepreneurial in thought; hence I will be elaborating the process of how I was able to establish a business in the U.S and continue to grow it, even to this day. If you have read my earlier posts, you would know that from a young age I had learned a very important lesson; which w

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THE FIRST HURDLE
Saturday 16th October, 2010

Dear Friends, I want to thank all of you for supporting my endeavor in sharing my experiences. I can see my readers have increased substantially. I am very confident that I will be able to continue doing justice in sharing my posts. I have a long way to go and I want to touch upon various subjects that people generally do not want to address. My new story is linked to my last post. Here’s where I ended my last story ……the United States Lines failed. What next? I was

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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - THE U. S. LINES STORY
Wednesday 06th October, 2010

Dear Friends, I want to thank you all for the support and encouragement you have given me as I make progress writing these real stories through my blog. I am very satisfied in doing this especially when I hear that I’ve reached out to at least a few people. Some have let me know that I have already touched their hearts and some have made decisions to fight their own challenges after being inspired by my blog. For the past few weeks I have been in New York on work a

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FEAR
Sunday 26th September, 2010

In today’s world I notice many living in fear. Fear debilitates your life, slowly but surely. When you fear, you are pulling your foot back. Many people live with different forms of it. In my younger years, I was also constantly dogged by it. Around the age of fourteen I realised my number one fear was death, something that I could not handle. The very sight of the hearse that carried the deceased anywhere in the town I was living in, simply frightened me. I was so timid

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QUICK FIX
Thursday 16th September, 2010

Dear friends, I have learnt a lot since I started to write. I didn’t know that I could do this, and I still wonder if I will be able to sustain expectation. While I was thinking of what to write this week, I remembered the number of e-mails I receive daily via “Ask JT” – very innocent and genuine questions, some even touch my heart. No millionaire writes to me, no billionaire knows me, but when I thought of all these genuine people who write to me, I thought of sharing

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OVERCOMING THE PAST
Monday 06th September, 2010

Dear Friends, Your support drives me to come up with inspirational messages for you and improve my writing skills. Thank you all! The past is something that one can’t forget and is something that will remain a fact. We’ll never forget our school days, the happenings in our families, our childhood, etc. Sometimes we dwell on some incident from the past, something sorrowful or a traumatic event and it becomes a fear psychosis which impacts our present lives. One’s past is

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WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
Thursday 26th August, 2010

Dear Friends, I hope all of you are enjoying reading my posts. Continue reading…. Everybody wants to succeed. I have not come across anyone who said no to success. Now, what is success? Success is not something that comes your way nor is it something that is available on a book shelf. Success is only a culmination of the result of one’s actions. If one has to succeed, what is it that you should do? You need to go for it. You need the attitude of taking an opportuni

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LESSONS FROM OUR LEADERS
Monday 16th August, 2010

First of all, let me wish all of you a very happy Independence Day. I dedicate this post to the courageous men who fought for our freedom – the Father of our N

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BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
Friday 06th August, 2010

A little over a year ago, I had released a small little book on relationships, which was titled, “The Red Book of Relationships.” Here, I had compiled some thou

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FOR BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS
Monday 26th July, 2010

As I continue to write and post more stories, I am prompted by my readers on a variety of subjects that I will be addressing in the future. The thread of the following story is based upon variou

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CHOICE DAY
Friday 16th July, 2010

In 1976 the unexpected happened. The joint family business that was in existence was facing challenges. The first partition among the partners. My oldest brother decided to part ways with Cho

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SUSTAINABLE GROWTH
Tuesday 06th July, 2010

In this post you will observe that I am shifting focus to a completely different subject. These are some of my thoughts and concerns regarding India’s future.

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In continuation of SETTING SAIL
Saturday 26th June, 2010

My never-say-die attitude made me keep my eyes and ears open, looking for opportunities. Capt. Gopalan introduced me to one Capt. Menon in Madras, who was the general agent for Maldive Shipping,

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SETTING SAIL
Wednesday 16th June, 2010

The past two stories I posted were purely subjects that were related to my personal life and the values that I learnt from it. The present story is related to ho

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THE TRUTH
Wednesday 26th May, 2010

I hope you enjoyed my last blog. After having received tremendous encouragement from friends all over the world, I am motivated to write about another experience that helped shape my life. I hop

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MY REBIRTH
Sunday 16th May, 2010

As I begin my dream of blogging I seek the blessings of the Almighty to grant me the strength, wisdom and confidence to bring this to fruition. My mind raced th

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OBJECTIVES OF THE BLOG
Monday 10th May, 2010

My objective in writing this blog is to share my concern for my country along with thirty seven years of world experience with my readers who I believe are catalysts in effecting changes and ma

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