Terminal 4 is an inspirational flight based on Nilesh’s life
Every year we hear news of students committing suicide after failing board exams. The compelling story of Indo-Australian author-entrepreneur Nilesh Makwana is sure to inspire young people across the country. Makwana not only surpassed repeated school failures (having failed the matriculation exam three times), but also managed to turn the tide against all odds. He tells the whirlwind story of his failures and triumphs in Perth, Western Australia (WA), first as an international student and then as an entrepreneur, in his book “Terminal 4: An Entrepreneur’s Journey from Bicycle to Business Class”, which was recently released launched in New Delhi. Makwana is greatly inspired by “Startup India”, which is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech on August 15, 2015, aimed at building a strong ecosystem conducive to startup growth. companies.
Makwana’s journey of life is nothing less than a roller coaster ride. A native of Rajkot, Gujarat, Makwana has traveled the world, dined at Prime Minister Modi’s table, met the likes of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Mastercard Chairman Ajay Banga, seen spectacular triumphs and witnessed abysmal losses. But he never allowed himself to be overwhelmed by his dazzling successes or his unfathomable failures. In the sprawling account of his ups and downs in his first book “Terminal 4”, Makwana takes readers on a kaleidoscopic journey from his childhood in India in the 1980s to his studies in the UK and Australia and his business ventures through the lens of a migrant deeply rooted in Indian values and traditions.
“Terminal 4” is meant to serve as a model of how to succeed in the face of insurmountable odds in totally alien conditions. “I hope ‘Terminal 4’ will serve as a handbook not only for international students who have difficulty acclimatizing to foreign conditions, but for every individual who reads the book. It reveals my journey and with it every challenge I’ve faced, every mistake I’ve made, and every problem I’ve solved. My goal through this book is to communicate to my readers that failure is not the end of the world, and that in challenges there are possibilities”, explained Makwana who wrote the book with the help of his wife Lene, a Norwegian artist, who also runs an NGO to promote Mahatma Gandhi’s message of peace, equality and non-violence.
Published by Popular Prakashan, “Terminal 4” was launched as part of Western Australia’s trade mission to India, which was the largest delegation to India since Western Australia with over a hundred delegates. The book was launched by WA Deputy Prime Minister Roger Cook and WA Minister for International Education David Templeman. Deputy Prime Minister Cook was delighted to support the book Makwana, which showcases Perth as a place where people can live, learn and launch their entrepreneurial journey. “The entrepreneurial story of Nilesh Makwana is a great example of the positive impact that Indian migrants have had not just on Western Australia’s business world, but on the wider community,” he said. he rejoiced.
Education Minister Templeman praised Makwana for doing full justice to Western Australia’s abilities as an educational, cultural and economic hub in his book. “Mr Makwana’s story will encourage future Indian college students to think about what Western Australia has to offer. With our world-class universities, a strong economy, plenty of employment opportunities and an attractive lifestyle, Western Australia is a study destination like no other,” he said. Harsha Bhatkal of Popular Prakashan described the book as “a truly remarkable read about an even more remarkable life”.
The book launch event held at the Taj Palace, New Delhi, is part of a series of programs covering four cities across India viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Vizag and Chennai. The broader vision is to open up opportunities for greater collaboration between Western Australia and India in a number of key industries such as primary industries and agribusiness, mining and medicines , infrastructure, tourism and education. “The Indian Ocean does not separate us. In fact, it binds us and now we have a wonderful opportunity to strengthen people-to-people ties in trade and investment. We see India as a very important part of this bilateral partnership. The recent announcement of the Interim Trade Agreement between India and Australia is a fantastic step forward and we look forward to the establishment of such wonderful relationship, trade and investment between the State of Australia Western Australia and India,” explained Michael Carter, Head of International Trade and Investment Centre, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Western Australia.
The book launch was also attended by Dr. Mukesh Batra, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Dr. Batra Group of Companies. He praised author Nilesh Makwana as well as editor Harsha Bhatkal for releasing a timely book like “Terminal 4”. “In medicine, we use the term ‘terminal’ to denote an end as in ‘terminal illness’, but in airports, terminals are actually the starting points for flights. ‘Terminal 4’ is a book that is a flight of inspiration and experience based on Nilesh’s life. It is an honest and practical account of the ups and downs he faced over the years during the different phases of his life in India, to London, Australia and around the world. It covers the trials and tribulations that Nilesh faced from his childhood through his entrepreneurial journey and how he overcame them,” summarized Dr Batra.