On July 12, I discovered the Four P’s.
I was nervously sitting at Taj Palace during the book launch of Terminal 4: An Entrepreneur’s Journey from Bicycle to Business Class, listening to Australian and Indian diplomats talk about my journey.
It was the first day of the Western Australia Invest & Trade Mission to India and I was humbled to be joined by Hon Roger Cook MLA Deputy Premier for WA, Minister Hon. David Templeman MLA Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage, former High Commissioner to Australia Mr Navdeep Suri, the award-winning and dear friend Dr Mukesh Batra and the reputable publisher Harsha Bhaktal.
They said a lot of kind and important things.
But what struck a chord with me was MC Michael Carter’s nod to ‘3 P’s’ and the importance of passion, persistence, and perfectionism. I also threw a word into the mix. Product.
Looking back on the event, I now understand how these P-words have been key ingredients to my international student and entrepreneurial journey.
I also now realise they have been central themes in my book.
A book that Minister Cook hopes will support someone else’s migration journey.
“Terminal 4: An Entrepreneur’s Journey from Bicycle to Business Class describes a journey that many Indian men and women go on,” he said.
“So I would point to it as a contribution towards lessons we can learn and a way to celebrate their deep enrichment of our communities.”
Minister Cook’s humbling speech was one of the highlights of my New Delhi book launch, marking 10 years since I had arrived in Australia, built a business and settled in Perth.