Taking birth in an aristocratic and ending up without a roof over his head, Vijaypat Singhania’s life is no less than a grandma’s tale. Once at the apex of the legendary Ramond Industries how this great man ended up settling his family dispute in court is something that should be taught in all management classes.
An Incomplete Life – The Autobiography of Vijaypat Singhania
‘If only I knew then what I know now, my life would be completely different.’In February 2015, an unforeseen setback cost Vijaypat Singhania, the erstwhile Chairman Emeritus of Raymond Group, the work of his life and his cherished family home. One of India’s most legendary industrialists, today he is fighting a battle to recover all that he has lost. In his first and only autobiography, he traces his extraordinary life from an anguished childhood to the many dynamic decades he spent at Raymond and the tumultuous years after. Born into the famed Singhania family, Vijaypat was always expected to take up the storied family business. But not one to be deterred from pursuing his own passions, he also nurtured his love for adventure in the skies and broke two world records as an aviator, served a brief stint as a professor, and even became the sheriff of Mumbai for a time. All the while, under his stewardship, the Raymond Group diversified into new segments, with Raymond soon being recognized as one of India’s most trusted apparel brands. And then a singular misstep set in motion a grave misfortune … Intimate, candid, and deeply moving, An Incomplete Life is in fact a rare glimpse into a life lived to the fullest but marked by the painful sting of regret and heartbreaks.
We have heard and read a lot of success stories but to tell a tale of failure or loss takes immense courage. An Incomplete Life by Vijaypat Singhania is a no-nonsense account of the simple yet majestic life of the great man.
Did you ever know that he is responsible for an airport in Surat? This and many unheard stories are mentioned in the book. The book does not have a straight trajectory of experiences. He has adopted an informal style of narration wherein he shares his memory with his readers with an ease that connects the reader with the author so as to think that the story was narrated over a cup of coffee or glass of drink.
The author has circumvented some of the uneasy circumstances, probably to safeguard the privacy of his family members but simultaneously he has been brutally honest about some of the situations.
However, he hasn’t shown any qualms to anyone throughout the book. The book is about the lessons he learned from life and the author has spread the message of positivity at the end of the day.