Eking out a living by mopping and cleaning at an ordinary hotel in Jamshedpur, Satish Chandra Buriuly, 33, never thought hard work and support from a loved one would bring him a yearly package of Rs. 10 lakh some day.
Born and brought up in Chaibasa, a tribal-dominated town in south Jharkhand, Buriuly, a tribal himself, had to start working at 20 to support his economically underprivileged family.
Buriuly's father was a smalltime trader in Chaibasa. "He earned just enough to keep the household running and pay my school fees," he said.
After his father's death, the family was left with no income. All of a sudden, 20-year-old Buriuly found that his mother, sister and uncle were dependent on him.
"I didn't know what to do and where to start from. I had to quit my studies and look for work. After searching for 20 days, I got a job at a garage in Chaibasa. They paid me R50 a day, which helped me arrange food for myself and my family," said Buriuly.
After working at the garage for a few months, he started searching for jobs which paid more and eventually landed in the Jamshedpur hotel, which paid him R2,000 a month.
Even as he continued to work at the hotel, a determined Buriuly studied for the Common Admission Test (CAT), cracked it in 2010 and joined the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ranchi.
Cracking CAT and making it to IIM-R was not easy. "I used to work at the hotel for five hours at night and study at home for five to six hours a day," he said. "The day I got a call from IIM-R, I just didn't know how to react. All I could do at that moment was to call up my girlfriend and share the happiness with her," he said.
Today, the IIM graduate works in Jaipur as a manager with a company that sells rugs and leads a relatively luxurious life.
Recalling his tough times, he said, "I learnt how to speak in English only after joining a spoken English class in Jamshedpur in 2006."
Buriuly's story is not only about inspiration, hard work and success. It also has a romantic angle. Buriuly attributes his success to his girlfriend's support. "Had she not been there, I would have remained a housekeeper struggling for my daily bread," he said, not wishing to name her.