Grocery stores at nooks and corners is a common sight across India. These small shops store variety of things for your daily needs. From bread, milk and masala to some delicious candies and chips, you will find all at these places. That's not all. These shops at times serve as a pit-stop for people to chat and unwind and also, work as a landmark for the area. One such shop, located in Karnataka's Belgaum, recently caught our attention. Wonder what's special about it? Well, it is run by 70-year-old Shivaji Patil, father-in-law of Nithin Kamath, the CEO of Indian stock broking firm Zerodha. In a recent Instagram post, the entrepreneur wrote how he feels inspired by his father-in-law who is determined to work and provide for himself even in old age.
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“Being content is the only way to true freedom. A person who embodies this is my father-in-law, Shivaji Patil,” Nithin Kamath wrote. He shared that his father-in-law served in the Indian Army as a 'havaldar', but took voluntary retirement after “losing his fingers to frostbite during the Kargil War”.
Following this, the former serviceman opened a grocery shop in Belgaum and still makes trips to the market on his scooter to buy groceries for the shop. “His only help is my mother-in-law, who helps him run the shop and manages the house,” Nithin Kamath added.
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Nithin Kamath said that his father-in-law “refuses to stop working” despite the “success Seema and I have had”. For the unversed, Kamath's wife Seema Patil is the Chief of Quality at Zerodha.
The Zerodha co-founder further shared that when he asks his father-in-law about the margins on products he sells, “there is still a twinkle in his eye”. His father-in-law “speaks about a 25 percent margin on chikkis, buying a box at Rs 200 and selling them individually for Rs 250”.
Appreciating the 70-year-old's passion to keep working, Kamath said he never saw him complaining about anything, “not even about losing his fingers in the war”. However, Kamath said, his father-in-law had advised him to get a government job “when I asked him permission to marry his daughter in 2007 when I was still struggling”.
Kamath said that he had been talking about increasing health span and how to lead a good life. “I have no doubt that the answer is to be content and never stop being active mentally and physically. Money can't buy this, and he is the best example,” he added.
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