TAPASH RANJAN & SUSMITA PANDA
(Ex-Journalist\Businessman & Homemaker, Bhubaneswar, Orissa)
Tapas grew up in a small town of Odhisa named Baripada. He belonged to a middleclass family and was the youngest among the four siblings. He pursued journalism purely to satisfy his passion to write and was associated with many leading newspapers. He had made a firm decision in childhood that he would not take up any job and therefore did not apply for one despite heavy family pressure. He was a dreamer since childhood and aspired to achieve big things in life. He was passionate about singing & acting and wanted to pursue a career in it. He acted in a lot of plays and teleplays, and received many state and national level awards. He was also associated with the National School of Drama, Delhi. He continued his education and completed his PGDCS & LLB even though he was never serious of making a career out of it, but he just did it to assure his family that he is doing something. Sushmita belonged to a well-to-do family and was the third daughter among her four siblings. She was doing her Masters in History when she married Tapas. Tapas’s life took a complete turn. Unlike to his previous belief he began working in a private ad company and worked as a medical representative. Subsequently he started an herbal medicine processing and packaging with the help of his late brother-in-law who was a scholar and researcher. After the birth of his elder daughter, he got frustrated, as he felt helpless in giving her a good upbringing. However, God had some other plans for him. While he was feeling low and down, he was introduced to the Amway business through a friend of his elder brother. They joined Amway business without even understanding it, just with a hope that something good may happen. Susmita was a great support from day one. Before joining this business, they often looked at successful people and wondered how people succeeded in life. “But thanks to BWW system, which taught us the principles of success. We never bothered about what people said because people will say anyway whether you do something good or bad. We have always made a wall between the negative people & us with the stones that people threw at us,” they confidently state. The journey was not easy, but they were quick to gauge that the process of success is not a bed of roses. “That’s why ‘success is always in minority’, they opine. “We changed our attitude towards life & everything. Gradually, lot of dreamers followed us & together we proceeded as a team. There were a lot of ups & downs, but we stuck to the principle, remained focused & finally here,” they share. “We are a happy family in the true sense, living an awesome lifestyle with our two princesses, Nipunya & Nischita. They are like blessings in our life. They are our inspiration & reason to work harder & grow further. We are proud of them & thank Britt system which taught us to give them the values, which is not possible anywhere else,” they sound contended.