On March 5th, Athikayan, the biography of the legendary KP Paul was officially released at IMA Auditorium, Kochi, by Dr TM Thomas Isaac, former state finance minister.
The book was received by Dr Mar Aprem, Metropolitan, Church of the East.
KP Paul’s grandson, Paul John Kuttukaran compiled this video (Mostly in Malayalam). We think this is a must watch for budding entrepreneurs.
Here is a titbit from the Popular Maruti website:
In the year 1939, Mr. K. P. Paul started his business career with Popular Washing Home. He dared the tradition and started reaping success in six months. This venture brought forth his daring nature that remained the backbone of his life and business in the years to come.
In the year 1941 he diversified into tyre , tube vulcanizing and battery restoration business. When the 2nd world war came to a closure, he found ample opportunity in the spare parts business by procuring the surplus spare parts of military vehicles.
In the year 1944, he established Popular Automobiles, perhaps India’s largest chain store dealing in spare parts. The business grew by exponential proposition and catapulted him to fame. He further forayed into imported and new automobile parts.
Pictures from the book release:
His views on politics, especially the Left, tells you why KP Paul is unlike other businessmen we have read about.