SILCHAR: Many migratory youths lost jobs in metros during the lockdown in the first wave of COVID-19. Some went into depression and dejection as if everything was lost for them. Misba Uddin Barbhuiya (24) of village Ramnagar Tarapur who went to Bengaluru for the job and got employed in a private company could not continue for long. The company, PK Power System Ltd, a bulb manufacturing unit, was shut down in the lockdown. However, Misba Uddin did not lose his cool and self-confidence.
He returned home not in despair but with the hope to utilize the experience and expertise gained from the job in Bengaluru and do something himself and get self-employed. At his initiative, Misba opted for a six-month training under Prime Minister Skill Development Scheme in electronics. He at the same time had basic training in electrical mechanism from Powergrid Company of India. He is now better qualified and updated about the subject.
Misba wanted to go back to Bengaluru to join the job he lost as the employer- Company was back on steam. The Company was calling him as it did not want to lose a hard-working and talented boy.
Misba told The Sentinel, "I wanted to go back, but my parents instead asked me to stay home and start my enterprise." His mother Ranjana Begum in particular inspired him for his venture. She knew his son could do and achieve. Moreover, with his exposure and contacts in Bengaluru, Misba could know the success stories of a self-made businessman Abu Asim Azmi, Azim Premji, Mukesh Ambani, Bill Gates and some others.
His father, Fariz Uddin Barbhuiya, a teacher, did not want his son to go back to Bengaluru. Where is money to kick off a business, he seemed to ask himself? His mother arranged Rs 40,000 from SHG, Rs 50,000 was provided by his father, from his savings came Rs 50,000 and his friend, Zamal Ahmed, a civil engineering student, extended him another Rs 50,000. Misba decided to go for the manufacture of bulbs at home and his mother was with him to assist him in every possible way.
His friend Zamal Ahmed was taken as a partner to take the business forward and find a place in the competitive market. Bulbs made by different companies now flood the market. As Misba said, "I have planned keeping all these subtleties in mind –quality and comparatively low price."
He has named the LED bulbs after his mother 'Maa LED Bulb.' The bulbs are of watts, ranging from 5, 7, 9 and 12 with one year warranty.
Misba Uddin Barbhuiya brings all necessary raw materials from Delhi and that has given impetus to his enterprise that began its journey in August 2020. From trickles, the demand is growing. The best thing he has done is to tie up with Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Mesho for online marketing of his Maa Bulbs. One day Maa Bulbs will hit the market and bring the name to the obscure and nondescript Ramnagar village. Misba will reach the summit of success for "every single person who is successful at what he does is successful because he loves doing it."