: A typical young and restless from Old Srinagar was yearning to hit big, but life was no cakewalk for him. He took his odds head-on and in less than six years established himself as a successful entrepreneur. Bilal Handoo profiles the boy next door who has created a niche in cashmere crafts
Instead of concentrating on accounts, capital, assets or liabilities, Ashiq Hussain, 28, was imagining himself as a business tycoon. But the reality of his life wasn’t a dream-stuff. Like those scores of youngsters of Old Srinagar, Hussain too wanted to hit big in life but lacked resources. But he lacked no abilities. He put his potential in practice and in less than six years, he created a niche for himself in cashmere crafts.
Hailing from Old Srinagar’s Kawdhara locality, Hussain in last December received a budding entrepreneur award in Dastkaar Mela in Srinagar’s Badam Vari. (He was one of the top ten entrepreneurs felicitated during Mela by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for netting close to Rs I crore turn over within a year.)
But before emerging as the promising entrepreneur, Hussain was sweating hard in the heat of Delhi. He had gone there to end the financial impasse at his home soon after finishing his graduation. He worked as the chief accountant for a firm selling Kashmiri handicraft. But apart from taking care of ledger, he was also learning the nuances of the trade.
After stabilising the financial condition of home, he was then rearing to return home to start his own venture. It was 2009 when he started his unit Cashmere Crafts. But his enthusiasm soon frizzled out due to financial hindrance. He required big money to sustain his venture in Kashmiri handicrafts. And for the time being his ambitious plan hit the roadblock. “But then,” he quips, “chances favour the prepared mind.”