“You know in Calcutta we have a proverb that is like this. Man is actor. World is stage. God is director. Now you make it work.”
“You can be 99.9% sure all men are dogs; they never do anything without a compelling reason.”
Saumen: In Oman there are organized investors that lend money to and finance the women entrepreneurs you are studying.
Me: Oh yeah, I saw HSBC on Ministry Drive.
Saumen: No, not them. These big banks and all that, they are all gimmicks.
“On every person in your company, if you are wise, like me, you will do a SWOT analysis. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Traits. Don’t worry, I’ve already done one on you. I have big plans. In time, you will know. For now, locked in here.” (Points to head.)
On working for the company, which includes Jimmy’s Kitchen, a fusion (but heavily Indian) restaurant which opened on my birthday: “Life is a series of forks in the road. Some of them have multi-cuisine fried noodles on them. Tasty, right?”
Me: I’ve heard hardly any Arabic hanging out here this last week. So what, life in Oman just happens in Hindi?
Saumen: Not exactly. I’d say Business happens in Hindi, Life happens in cash. Although, upon reflection, you could mix-and-match there.”
“You must have three things to slightly succeed: Dedication, Time Management and Honesty. But to actually succeed, you most of all must have a PLAN.”
On the slew of nonsense that happened at SQU (and beyond) today: “Honestly it’s good that this happened. You can imagine now. You’re an American, student, and white and you see what kind of shit you’ve been meted out. You can imagine being a woman entrepreneur in Oman.”