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A look at the inspiring life of Nepal’s first billionaire, who’s also the creator of Wai Wai

Binod Chaudhary recounts his hits and misses and the ultimate glory of being the first billionaire of Nepal in a captivating book.
Preeta Roy reports

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Binod Chaudhary at the Taj Palace, Delhi

Binod Chaudhary shot to fame three years ago when he was named as Nepal’s first billionaire by the Forbes. The Internet was abuzz to know this wealth story emanating from behind the Mount Everest. In India, he is better known as the guy who introduced noodles brand Wai Wai.

Recounting his life’s successes and failures along with his iconic journey of minting money, Chaudhary has now written a memoir that gives detail account of his milestones. The book was recently launched at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi.

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Shatrughan Sinha with Binod Chaudhary

“You don’t get new ideas by wrecking your brain, wait until an idea pops up spontaneously,” the wealthy author spoke amid applause. His book is a winner’s guide to success and dwells how life takes its own course in shaping ideas and fortune. “I always prepare myself to meet the right time and opportunity,” he said.

In a discussion with journalist Hindol Sengupta, Chaudhary enlightened guests on the importance of inner-voice and instincts. “For everything I do I follow my instincts and they therefore lead me to the righteous destination. I let my Karma decide for myself.”

When asked upon his religious beliefs, he said, “I’m not a religious person but I’m a spiritual one. I follow Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji.”

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Binod Chaudhary with Hindol Sengupta at the launch

People in the audience were surprised to learn about his first start-up, a discotheque in 70s! “I started my business career with a discotheque, and it was fun with business!” To have a discotheque in the 70s was quite a bold decision, however, the businessman defied society’s rules in style.

He also gave tips to young entrepreneurs. “Never stop yourself when failure hits you, stand up, work hard and hit back. You will only do well when you have seen the dark side of everything. Failure isn’t the end, it’s the beginning,” he said.

Binod Chaudhary

RC Bhargava, Madan Mohan Mittal, Dr Naresh Trehan, T Subbirami Reddy, Binod Chaudhary, Shatrughan Sinha, Pawan Verma, Ramdas Agarwal & Ravi Jaipuria

 

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