: After passing through a testing phase of life, Tariq Masood Malik from Kishtwar managed to do something which eventually ended Jammu’s monopoly on Kishtwar Kitchens. Bilal Handoo profiles an entrepreneur from hills and his ‘modular’ venture
On one fine morning of 2006, a young man from the hills of Kishtwar left home for a desert-bound Dubai. Just like thousands, he went to Gulf in anticipation to flip his life for better. He was very excited for his computer operator job in Dubai’s food processing company. But as he landed in Dubai, he was left shocked. Instead of computer job, this man from Kishtwar’s Fareediya Mohalla was shifted to Mechanics department, which totally messed him up.
For the next seven months, Tariq Masood Malik, 38, bore the brunt of machines he was not accustomed too. He was growing restless, besides thoughtful. With the same state of mind, this father of two returned home.
Back home as his period of idleness prolonged, Malik could feel an invisible burden mounting on his shoulders. Being the eldest among the five siblings in the family of ten where only his father was an earning hand, Malik sweated under the moral obligation.
To break idleness though, he shortly engaged himself in many private stints. Besides working as marketing and sales guy, this Class 12 pass-out also worked as a sports coach in a private school in his hometown. But somehow the condition of his home wasn’t improving with his insufficient income.