Interview: Ashish Thakur, Business Head of Birla Ayurveda

Ashish Thakur

Interview with Ashish Thakur, Business Head of Birla Ayurveda

At Sugermint Media, our aim is to bring to our entrepreneurs community some of the inspiring and motivational stories from the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As part of this endeavour, we invited yet another passionate entrepreneur Ashish Thakur, Entrepreneur and Business Head of Birla Ayurveda for interview with us.

Tell us a little about yourself

 Ashish Thakur: I’m a very ambitious person. I like challenging myself to find creative solutions as quickly as possible and resolve any issues at hand.

What are the 3 businesses are you heading?

 Ashish Thakur: I am heading three divisions of the Yash Birla group i.e Birla ayurveda, Sujata Birla hospital and Birla open minds international school, Nasik

What is your educational background?

Ashish Thakur: Since childhood, I have been interested in business and finance. This is why I did my Bachelor’s in Accounts & Costing. After that, I did my further education in Master of Business Administration (Finance).

Please give us insights into your experience in this field of the past.

Ashish Thakur: My experience with Birla groups so far has been worthwhile. I got valuable opportunities at the early stage of my life which groomed me to face challenges and implement solutions at a higher level.

It was altogether a great learning since the beginning. I am still learning from my mistakes and failures so that I can deliver the best out of myself for the benefit of the organisation.

Please share your journey in the Yash Birla Group since you joined.

Ashish Thakur: My journey with the Yash Birla group has been brilliant with tremendous experience from different fields in the same group.

I started my career as an executive assistant to the group chairman…later was awarded the responsibility of heading the ayurveda division, followed by the hospital and the school.

Tell me about your inspiration for coming into this industry.

Ashish Thakur: My inspiration is my boss, Mr Yash Birla. He is very passionate about the service industry especially health and wellness. Under his guidance and passion for wellness, I made my roadmap to achieve his vision.

How do you manage to handle the wellness division along with one allopathic hospital and one school?

Ashish Thakur: I respect customers’ beliefs whether it is in wellness treatment or allopathic treatment, and it gives me immense pleasure in providing service through school. It is not just business but also a social cause.

I do have a team of experts operating under me. Using their skills and abilities it becomes convenient for me to handle multiple ventures all at once. I personally choose and select my executives.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Ashish Thakur: In my limited free time, I like to be with my family. Work plays a significant part in all our lives, including mine.

But being with my family, especially with my newly born son, gives me a sense of relief and makes me feel stress-free. Another thing which I am really passionate about is travelling.

I believe that travel brings people together and offers chances to discover new and various cultures, which might help you develop more empathy for other people. Additionally, it can help you become more tolerant generally, lessen bias, and even feel less frustrated.

Where do you see the company in the next 5 years?

Ashish Thakur: Birla Ayurveda is one of the leading brands in Ayurveda today. Post the covid era, people have more inclination towards Ayurveda and its healing properties.

Our products and services have cured many people and won their trust. In the coming days, we would like to see more happy and satisfied customers of Birla Ayurveda. The company has revived from

the losses of the lockdown and we are currently aiming to expand our business to reach greater heights. We aim to set a benchmark in the Ayurveda industry.

Any tips for budding entrepreneurs?

Ashish Thakur: A successful entrepreneur is daring. Starting your own business and being an entrepreneur can be intimidating in many ways, but it doesn’t have to be.

Many successful business owners began their ventures while also holding down another employment to cover expenses.

Starting slowly has no stigma. Just begin. Don’t equate the success of your business with the success of your concept.

Entrepreneurship requires you to cycle through ideas until you find the best one. Having your ideas disproven is a necessary step in that process. Making progress involves failing sometimes.

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