I was honoured to be interviewed by Ziare on the current situation in Romania, entrepreneurship and business in general.Click here to read the interview, or for my English only speaking friends see below for a translated version !
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How do you expect people to speak good, when you speak bad about Romania?
Expats in Romania: How do you expect people to speak good, when you speak bad about Romania?
Mru Patel is a businessman, a graduate of Computer Science from Brighton University, known in Romania as a successful author, businessman, coach, trainer and expert in personal development. He has a real estate business, social media and Internet ventures, as well as companies in wellness and branding.
He has Indian origin and was born 53 years ago in Kenya, in the same village where Barack Obama was born along with his father . His grandparents emigrated to Africa in the late 1800s, with tens of thousands of workers from then British India to build the railway brought from Mombasa to Kisumu. His family were established there as business people, as did most of the Indian traders who saw an economic opportunity in the further development of Kenya. He played some national sports while completing his studies in the UK. Mru Patel worked for, among others, Siemens, IBM, Sun Microsystems and EMC . His first business venture began at age 23 in 1985. “I came to Romania 10 years ago. I spent eight months researching which countries had the fastest growth, and Romania was among the first places. We launched an investment fund and decided to move from the UK to Romania. Now I live between commuting between Bucharest and Dubai, ” Mru Patel describes to Ziare.com.
The decision to move to Romania came after observing that Romanians tend to start a business without having a well planned strategy. Knowing from experience that every business can succeed with the right plan, I began to advise the Romanian businessmen. It was only the beginning, he is diversifying his activities with the passage of time.
“I was born and raised in Kenya, I lived in the UK for 30 years, I have traveled the world and worked in many countries. I can say with hand on heart that Romania has given me balance,” says Mru Patel .
l asked if there was a culture shock in the first period, but he provided a negative response. “We found that there are many similarities between Romanian and Indian culture, which was a pleasant surprise. It struck me, however, that the Romanians did not appreciate their country as much as I do, for example, and go to earn more money in other countries, ” says the author.
Foreigners in Romania: Romania fascinates me and is like a mirror for me. When it comes to things that surprised him in Romania, Mru Patel talks about the fact that Romanians and Indians obey the same family values and religious . “The Romanians are general workers, but they need a firm hand to management and social reasons are always welcome,” he said. What surprised him most was the Romanian nightlife. ” Nightlife was, by far, the greatest shock that I had here . Clearly there are not many places in the world with a lively night life so well that in Bucharest, “says the Indian. In Romania, he likes the people, opportunities, rich social life, landscapes, mountains, architecture, fresh air from outside cities, and climate, except during the winter.
When it comes to what he does not like, in general it is about how the authorities react to different problems. “I do not like all the bureaucracy, how infrastructure projects grow, that if at all, that the Roma issue is not is properly and there are no social integration programs. Then many Romanians say they know everything, but do nothing, “says the Indian. After 10 years living in Romania , Mru Patel learned that you should not trust people too easily. ” We learned in the hardest way, you should not trust people too much . A lot of people say they can do a lot of things, but when it comes to do something professionally, things change. Not for most, I met a lot of honest professionals in Romania, “added Patel Mru. l asked which I think is due to the negative image of Romania abroad, and the answer was the largest. “It’s a subject I’m passionate about. I think there are many reasons and primarily believe that the government and all Romanian citizens should take responsibility. I’ve heard many Romanians speak bad about their country and about their people. How do you expect the world to speak good of Romania, when Romanians speak bad of it themselves?
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