O P Munjal’s biography out,family shares different facets of his life

Business tycoon O P Munjal,CMD of Hero Cycles, left his education at the age of 15 to help his brothers in business

Written by AmritaChaudhry RaakhiJagga | Ludhiana | Published: August 27, 2013 5:51 am

Business tycoon O P Munjal,CMD of Hero Cycles, left his education at the age of 15 to help his brothers in business. He says though he had no time to enjoy life then,but he is doing it now.

His biography,The Inspiring Journey Of A Hero,was released by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday.

O P Munjal’s daughter Priyanka Malhotra,who contributed a lot to making this biography possible,said,“Once I failed in a science test which was a chapter about oxygen and hydrogen,and I wrote a long letter to my father telling about my failure. I was expecting a scolding,but to my surprise,he went to his factory and understood the entire concept of oxygen and hydrogen while the bicycle manufacturing was going on and made me understand as well. The concept explained by him worked well and I never forgot it.”

His eldest daughter Neeta told the audience how her father used to call her Moti didi,though she used to be very thin. Later,she came to know that in Gujarat the eldest one is called Moti didi. Another daughter shared her experience of noting down a wrong bicycle order of a dealer as she was very bad in numeric Hindi.

The business tycoon has four daughters and a son,Pawan Munjal,MD of Hero Cycles.

His grandsons Aditya and Abhishek said their dadaji imbibed moral values in them despite his busy schedule. “On birthdays or anniversaries,there are havans in our house,cake-cutting is not our ritual. Getting up early is the one good habit which we learnt from dadaji,something our friends lack.”

Pawan Munjal admired his father’s way of working,the way he interacts with workers even now and makes sure to come to office daily.

Said O P Munjal,“I want to learn something new everyday,and want to keep the zeal among my staff as well. So going to office on a daily basis is one ritual which I cannot miss for my whole life.”

Author of the book Priya Kumar said,”I was learning everyday while interacting with the CMD. One day when I happened to travel in his Jaguar,he remembered his old Ambassador. He said Ambassador was very spacious and close to his heart.”

Actor Boman Irani kept the audience entertained with his humour and wit.

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