THE challenges of running a family business helped drive a northern suburbs resident to write a book of inspirational phrases for others.
Jagdeep Bhatia recently published Amanishad – The Cheerful Soul, a collection of his own sayings to motivate others to pursue their dreams.
“The title combines two words, which I was inspired to create; ‘ama’ in French means soul and ‘nishad’ in Sanskrit (an ancient Indian language) means cheerful,” he said.
“Amanishad is a compilation of my original quotes, which were written as a summary of my life-changing experiences.”
His father had a soap business in India for 55 years until his death in 2011, and to continue his legacy, Bhatia added soaps to the business, La Reine Perfumes.
He started that business in 2010, selling Sandalwood powder produced by TFS (Tropical Forestry Services) Ltd to the Indian community.
“Sandalwood has a cultural significance as it’s used for worship as a paste on the forehead and as also as an incense to please the gods,” he said.
“I produced (soap) samples using lifelong experience of my father.
“The product was instantly liked by TFS who then started to sell my soaps in all their outlets of Mt Romance.
“Over the past six years it has been a real challenge to keep my head high above the water; my emotions and commitment to the purpose kept me going.”
Bhatia said the quotes in his book were lessons he learnt while keeping his dream going.
“I wanted to share with others, telling them to never give up their dreams and aspirations,” he said.
In July, while on holiday in India the Bhatia family visited Taj Mahal.
“I took a photo of my daughter having a happy child moment in front of the monument; I would end up using it as my book cover,” he said.
“I may not have become rich yet but over period of time I have unknowingly inspired so many people through my journey.”
Bhatia said while staying at a hotel in India, he was invited to speak to staff about his life and goals.
“I used quotes from my book which was still being written,” he said.
“The staff said they had never heard anyone speak with so much passion, which had changed their life forever.
“It changed my life too as a motivational public speaker was born that day.
“I feel very happy that I can make a small difference.”
Bhatia said proceeds from book sales would fund his son’s studies at Curtin University after he finishes Year 12 this term.
“He is planning to do commerce and major in international trade and subsequently progress to a Master of business administration,” he said.
Visit www.amanishad.com for the book.