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A Man From Tamil Nadu Who Started Selling Dosa And Idlis With Just ₹1K, Now Has A ₹30 Crore Empire

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Prem Ganapathy was a class 10 passout when he decided to move to Mumbai. He had no particular skill set, but with enough determination, ₹200 in his pocket, and a zeal to make something out of himself, he established a ₹30 crore food empire. His is a story of hardships and betrayals – one that gave birth to the beloved Dosa Plaza franchise.

Telling his early life’s story to “The Economic Times”, Prem Ganapathy revealed that he belonged to a poor family from Nagalapuram in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district. Due to financial problems in his family, he had to abandon his dreams of higher studies to support his which included his seven siblings.

Shuffling through a number of odd jobs, he barely managed to fetch around ₹250 a month, which he used to send back home.

He left for Mumbai when an acquaintance offered him a salary of ₹1,200 per month, unaware of the fact that he’d be robbed off of his own little savings that he had. Without informing his parents about the decision to shift his base, he was left stranded in Bandra. Back then, he was just 17 years of age.

He hardly understood the language and didn’t know anyone in the city. He wanted to return, but having no money on him, it was not a viable option for him.

So, he decided to stay and hoped that lady luck would change his fortune. And she did.

In his heart to heart with The Economic Times, he also revealed that he had got a job washing dishes at a local bakery with a meagre salary of ₹150. In the next two years, he picked up a number of odd jobs at various restaurants. He managed to save as much as possible.

Fast forward two years, he had enough savings to start his new venture selling idlis and dosas. He rented a handcart and ploughed in ₹1,000 to buy the basic ingredients. He set up a shop on the street opposite the Vashi train station. Seeing his business boom, he brought in two of his brothers, to help him out.

What set them apart from the local competition was the fact that they laid a huge emphasis on quality and cleanliness and were well-dressed.

In a conversation with Your Story, he said that the recipes of the idlis and dosas came out of his native place, the authenticity of which attracted a lot of customers. Soon, the small venture started generating a net profit of around ₹20,000 every month. They even managed to rent out a small space in Vashi where they would prepare all of the ingredients and masala every day.

In 1997, they leased a small space in the same locality and named it Prem Sagar Dosa Plaza.

The outlet was frequented by a number of college-goers who taught him how to use the internet. The access to a wealth of information gave him the opportunity to experiment with a number of recipes from across the world – schezwan dosa, paneer chilly, and spring roll dosa. By the first year itself, they managed to introduce 26 innovative dosas, reports The Economic Times.

Ganapathy had always dreamt of opening a small shop in a mall. After being repeatedly turned down, the management of Centre One mall offered him the opportunity to set up an outlet in their mall.

Garnering a lot of praise from the public, he was bombarded with a number of franchising requests. He happily agreed. The first franchise outlet opened in 2003, at Wonder Mall in Thane.

According to The Economic Times, they now have 70 outlets of Dosa Plaza across the world, with seven being spread across New Zealand, Dubai, and Oman. The business which started off with a seed capital of ₹1,000 has now grown into a ₹30 crore company.

All the mishaps that followed after he stepped on the soil of Mumbai could have made him turn back and leave. But he decided to stay. Stories like his is a testament to the fact that having your eyes set on a goal will lead you to wherever you wish to head in.

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Reliance Jio, Samsung join hands for 5G in India

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Reliance Jio and Samsung Electronics showcased real-world use cases driven by next-generation 5G technology at the ongoing India Mobile Congress in New Delhi. The two companies presented new opportunities that can leverage 5G NSA mode along with advanced 4G LTE and 5G technology used a dual-connected mode network. Reliance Jio is aiming at enterprise as well as home users with its 5G partnership.

Samsung and Reliance Jio demonstrated 5G-based solutions including Samsung Network’s 5G product lineup, including its 3.5GHz solution for 5G Massive MIMO Unit (MMU), its 28GHz Access Unit (AU) and CPE device, its virtualized radio access (vRAN) and core, and 5G mobile devices. The two companies demonstrated how 5G can help create virtual classrooms and help attendees watch content in 360-degrees. The two companies used the high speed network to stream high resolution content on Samsung Galaxy S10 5G as well as tablets. The resolution of the content ranged from full HD to 4K.

“The two companies demonstrate live at the event a “public safety network over LTE” featuring MissionCritical-Push-To-X (MCPTX) communication. Conceptualised as “OneNet”, a potential India’s Emergency Communication Network, this will enable first responders to connect with each other using a broadband network in a controlled and “geo-fenced” manner,” Reliance Jio said in a press release.

5G is the biggest highlight of the ongoing IMC conference. Earlier, Ericsson and Airtel showcased 5G-powered ‘connected music’ at the event. The demonstration included combining two parts of a performance using a live 5G network and presenting it as one.

Huawei also showcased new applications in 5G + safe city, 5G + smart city, 5G + virtual reality (VR), 5G + airport (boarding gate) and 5G + education (smart classroom).

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WhatsApp tips & tricks: 5 ways you can make most of the instant messaging app

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WhatsApp is possibly one of the simplest instant messaging apps. The company also takes its time to update WhatsApp with new features. But there is a lot that users can do on WhatsApp which they may not be aware of.

WhatsApp has a bunch of features which may not offer much customisation but make the app more interactive. There’s additional security with two-step verification, adding contacts to home screen, custom notifications, and more. Here’s a look at five tips and tricks for every WhatsApp user.

Two-step verification

WhatsApp offers a seamless way of switching phones while retaining your account and chats. It also requires users for a verification PIN every time they register WhatsApp on a new phone. For additional security, users can enable two-step verification on WhatsApp. This will add a six-digit PIN for the registration of WhatsApp on a new device. To do this, go to Settings > Account > Two-step verification.

Add WhatsApp contacts to home screen

WhatsApp has this feature where users can add contacts or groups to their phone’s homescreen. This enables a shortcut to the chat without having to open the app. For this, users need to choose the contact, open the settings menu, click on more and add shortcut. The WhatsApp contact shortcut will be automatically added to the homescreen.

Custom notifications for contacts

If you’re bored with the same notification tone on WhatsApp, you can change it up by adding custom notifications. This can be done for individual and group chats on WhatsApp. Tap on the profile of the WhatsApp contact, scroll down and select custom notifications. Once you turn it on, you can change the notification tone, vibrate mode, popup notification, light and high priority notifications.

Free up space

WhatsApp lets users store data on their accounts and unless users delete them it just keeps piling up. WhatsApp’s data storage features offer easy ways for users to manually check and delete data. Under the settings menu open data and storage usage. Here, you will see contacts ranked according to the most data exchanged. You can also check individual chats and delete data to clear up space.

View unknown contacts

It’s easy to identify an unknown number on WhatsApp by simply tapping on their profile. This can also be done for unknown numbers in group chats. If there’s a certain user you would like to know about you can long press on the number and select ‘message contact’. Here a new chat box will open and you will be able to see the contact details.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 could launch this month: Here’s what to expect

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Xiaomi’s sub-brand is prepping to launch a new 64-megapixel camera phone which is speculated to be the Redmi Note 8. The company has confirmed Redmi Note 8 is in the works and has also been teasing its 64-megapixel camera phone.

Lu Weibing, Redmi’s General Manager, shared a teaser video on Weibo highlighting the 64-megapixel camera sensor. The teaser doesn’t reveal much but outlines the design of the phone with its 64-megapixel quad-camera setup. Weibing also says that this phone went into mass production two weeks ago which would mean the beginning of August.

Xiaomi unveiled its 64-megapixel camera tech earlier this month in China. The company is using Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor which is equipped to deliver better lowlight images and richer details in brighter settings. The Samsung sensor also brings real-time HDR of up to 100-decibles. Xiaomi’s 64-megapixel camera phone will deliver 9248×6936 pixel resolution photos with about 19MB in size.

Weibing hasn’t officially announced that the new Redmi phone is Redmi Note 8 but new leaks corroborate the speculation. According to a MyDrivers report, the two variants of a Redmi smartphone were spotted on China’s 3C website. The listing shows that the Redmi phones support 18W charging and are expected to be powered by MediaTek’s new Helio G90T chipset.

Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain had recently confirmed a new phone with this chipset would launch soon. The MediaTek Helio G90T chipset comes with gaming-focused features. This would make the upcoming Xiaomi phone the first gaming phone from the Chinese company.

The report also showcases a render of the alleged Redmi Note 8 with its quad-camera setup. The smartphone is seen in a white colour similar to the Mi A3 and the cameras placed at the centre. There’s no presence of a fingerprint sensor indicating that the phone will opt for an in-display one.

Xiaomi has been continuously dropping hints of its new 64-megapixel camera smartphone. At the same time Redmi’s Weibing has also been teasing the new phone. All speculations lead to Redmi Note 8 launching with the 64-megapixel camera sensor. This phone is expected to launch in Xiaomi’s turf by the end of this month.

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