FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
Mr. S. K.Thirani (Chairman, Kores India Limited) 1930-2018
On the 28th of April’2018, Mr. S. K. Thirani, Chairman, Kores India Ltd.,one of the brightest and colossal lights of the stationery industry diminished, leaving behind a trail of memories which will be remembered in time to come. Born in 1930 in a Rajasthani family, Mr. Thirani, joined his father’s business at the young age of 17. He took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Kores India Ltd. at the age of 35, following his father’s demise in 1966.
At the time, Kores was a distinguished brand in the stationery industry and had stamped its authority as the pioneer and leader. When people spoke of quality stationery, the first name to come to mind was Kores. Mr. S. K. Thirani, with his passion for work and vision was determined to make Kores a brand to reckon with. Such was his passion and determination that very recently; he set up his dream project – a pencil plant equipped with the state of the art technology to manufacture massive quantities of pencils. His objective behind setting up this plant was to reach out to the younger generations who are the future of India through a range of ‘Back To School’ products.
VISIONARY AND A MAN OF MANY IDEAS
Being a visionary, he decided to expand Kores into businesses beyond stationery. Under his dynamic leadership, Kores diversified into multifarious activities such as Office Automation, Banking Office Automation, Foundry, Textiles, Engineering, Real Estate, Specialty Chemicals, Art Materials, WritingInstruments, International Business, etc. He worked hard to create an independent identity for each of these business verticals, making each a success in its respective field.
Mr. S. K. Thirani believed innovation and new ideas were the drivers of new business growth. He constantly proposed and executed new projects, with an objective to make them the best in the market scenario. For his work force of around 2500 employees, he was an inspiration and a role model, who fondly referred to him as Babuji. Under his leadership, Kores acquired the seal of excellence and reliability and, above all, the trust of customers as well as its employees.
UNIQUE MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY
In a world where most corporates believe that they can buy anything with money, Mr. Thirani walked a different path when it came to dealing with his people. According to him, as a company, you could buy a man’s time, his physical presence at a given place, but you could never buy enthusiasm, his initiative, his loyalty, devotion of heart, mind and soul. These things have to be earned. Loyalty is not for sale. Led by this belief, he reached out to his employees in the smallest possible way and yes, he truly earned their loyalty and devotion.
PERSONAL PASSIONS: SPORTS, GARDENING, READING & MORE
Besides leading Kores to great heights, Mr. Thirani was a keen Golfer from his young age, and also an accomplished badminton player. His keen passion for the game of golf led him to host the presitigious Kores Golf Championship 32 times at the Bombay PresidencyGolf Club, Chembur, Mumbai.
This man of action had a softer, gentler side to him as well. He loved gardening and growing different types of fruits and flowers, which he proudly showcased at his orchard. The orchard boasts of apples, pears, peaches, kiwis, strawberries, etc. This is a testimony of his love for gardening where beautiful flowers abound in the garden. One of the things that set this highly respected man in league with some of the finest corporate leaders of our times was his constant desire to learn and grow. Well read from his early days, he continued to have a collection of books in his library at the office as well as at home.
The subjects of his interest ranged from topics as varied as Business & Management, Technology to Philosophy, Geography, History, Health, Cookery, Golf, Travel, Gardening, Religion and other novels.
A FINAL FAREWELL
For a man so determined to touch new horizons, so focused on always raising the bar ever higher, our words fall short as we seek to share our memories of him. As we bid our dear Babuji farewell, we pray that his soul may rest in peace, and may his memories and his enduring vision guide us at all times as we forge ahead into a future he had dreamt for us.