Today, I feel blessed.
My meeting with iconic Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH Masale) fame Mr. Dharampal Gulati, popularly known as Shahji leaves an indelible print in my mind.
Shahji left school before he could have completed 5th class. In 1937, he set up with the help of his father a small business of mirrors and thereafter soap business and carpentry job, cloth merchant, hardware business & rice trading. Somehow these businesses could not hold him for long.
After the partition of the country, he reached Delhi on 27th September 1947. At that time he was having only Rs.1500/- with him. Out of this amount he purchased a Tonga for Rs.650/- and drove it from New Delhi Railway Station to Qutab Road and Karol Bagh to Bara Hindu Rao at two Annas sawari for few days.
Later he bought small woodenShop (Hatti) measuring 14ft. x 9 ft. at Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi and started his family business of ground spices and again raised the banner of Mahashian Di Hatti of Sialkot “DEGGI MIRCH WALE“. Today, his 9 plants touch a business close to 10 billion Rupees.
With his vision, perseverance and devoted honesty in business, Mahashayji led the venture to the heights, which have inspired others to follow.
His commitment to humanity and community and his relentless activities shine in many spheres of life. Amongst others, he set up a 300 bed super specialty hospital with MRI, CT Scan, Heart Wing, Neuro Sciences, IVF etc. is the greatest gift for the people living in West Delhi. Poor people are treated free in the hospital and they gets free medical aid worth million of rupees annually.
He alone has established more than 20 schools for the benefits of the society and the poor people at large.
Spending couple of hours with him today was truly an eye-opener. A simple man, with great wisdom and generous heart, we really struck chord. Thanks dear Kapil Malik for facilitating this meeting.