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DOGGED determination


HE HAS been sitting in front of the computer, eight hours a day for the past several years, but has barely touched it. His ideas, when put into practice, has seen the birth of a large number of machines, which have captured the market's attention; but has never put his hands on them. Certain real life stories have an uncanny resemblance to reel life stories. And the story of Rajan Paul is one such one.

A former Senior Development Engineer in Telco and Kitco later, Rajan Paul met with a terrible accident while he was away in Doha in 1983, as a consultant of a private firm. Pursued by his interest in diving, Rajan Paul took a plunge into the sea from a platform, used for boats, that changed his life. His head hit the shallow waters, resulting in paralysis of his body because the sixth and seventh vertebras of the spinal chord were severely damaged. From then on, he has been virtually confined to a wheelchair despiteprolongedtreatments coming in from different quarters.

Rajan Paul came back to his native Kizhakkambalam where his childhood friend C P Philipose came up with the idea of starting an electrical appliance industry. Having always nursed a dream of starting an industry in Kerala, the resolute man he is, Rajan Paul took his friend's idea as a challenge which resulted in the birth of Sevana Electrical Appliance Limited in Kizhakkambalam in 1984 with 39 shareholders and a sum of Rs 4 lakh.

With C P Philipose as its Chairman and Rajan Paul as its Chief Consultant, Sevana brought out its first equipment in a semi automatic sewing machine. Sevana soon began to make profits and in 1986 diversified its activities to produce packaging machines.

Lying in a highly sophisticated wheel chair designed for him by C P Philipose, Rajan Paul gives instructions and directions to his associates. The large volumes of highly advanced machines that Sevana has produced over the years are the brainchild of Rajan Paul. Vacuum, packaging machines, shrink wrapping machines, filling and sealing machines are some of the products developed, marketed and exported by Sevana. C P Philipose and Rajan Paul have evolved a highly successful industrial activity for Sevana where design, manufacturing, marketing and service after sales are fully decentralized. Its robust growth can be seen from the fact there are six organizations associated with Sevana it has become the epitome of work decentralization today.

Being involved in work in Sevana from morning to evening keeps Rajan Paul away from the memories of the terrible accident. He says, "I couldn't have imagined what I am doing today when the tragedy took place. But the constant encouragement and faith that my family and C P Philipose have reposed in me have helped in fulfilling my dreams."

With sheer will power and strong determination, Rajan Paul goes on unveiling new models for Sevana, conquering the tragedy that has struck him.

PRASANTH. M.

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