“All that we are is the result of what we have thought” – Buddha
Perhaps this was etched in the mind of Mr. Kumaran, Chairman, ALOHA India who is the ALOHA STAR of the year. In 2000, Mr. Kumaran with his wife Mrs.Renuka visited Malaysia and had a chance to witness their friend’s daughter who was dem- onstrating Calculations in Abacus that she learnt from ALOHA classes. Mr. Kumaran was amazed to see that the child was effortlessly manipulating 4 digits with ease. That was when the idea of bringing the wonder- ful concept of Abacus learning to India occurred.
ALOHA India growth
He started with one ALOHA centre in Chennai in 2002 and enrolled 3 students in the first week! It grew to 30 in the first month and to 300 in 10 months. The past 12 years has been an exciting and exhilarating one for Mr. Kumaran.
The tremendous experience he gained from ALOHA India drove him to start a school in Chennai and he runs that also very successfully.
He says he learnt the art of active listening, being patient, being assertive from Mr.Loh. He admires Mr.Loh’s dictum that in matter of relationships, flow with the current like water; in the matter of principles stand like rock. Mr. Kumaran is also mentoring young entrepreneurs in his own quiet way.
As he looks back on these 12 eventful years, he glows with satisfaction that ALOHA has trained over 500,000 students, given employment to over 6000 people besides earning the goodwill of parents across the length and breadth of India. He does not forget all those who stood by him – right from the office boy, those who struggled with him in the early days, the current crop of teachers and the scores of men and women who made ALOHA what it is today.
More than a successful entrepreneur
I was amazed at the fact how a business can rejuvenate a person by giving him different , unique life experiences and transform him into a better humanbeing Mr.Kumaran exemplifies this fact vividly. He says at the end of it all “peace and happiness” is what he wanted and ALOHA has given it in plenty. While traveling in China in 2006, he met with an almost fatal accident but miracu- lously survived. He recalls that incident and says that “the GOOD LORD has more things to accomplish through me and hence he let me live” with his char- acteristic modesty. He is in search of that purpose and calling.The journey continues…
-Interviewed by Dr. Vasuki Mathivanan