April 23, 2018
A doyen of the Indian Travel & Tourism industry, Padma Shri (Late) Inder Sharma’s autobiography ‘All Doors Opened’ was released today in the presence of Shri. Anil Baijal, LG Delhi, Dr. Karan Singh, former member of Rajya Sabha and in the august gathering of former bureaucrats & who’s who of the travel industry. Shri Inder Sharma was the former owner and Chairman of SITA World Travel and Chairman of Select CITYWALK, Delhi’s landmark lifestyle shopping centre.
“All Doors Opened" is hard to slot into any one particular genre of writing because of its varied flavors offering glimpses into the life journey of the visionary Late Mr. Inder Sharma.
“The manuscript first weighed heavy. I was a total stranger and yet, the first outside Chairman Sharma's own family to be reading his untold stories. He was a formidable business tycoon. Would I understand his world at all? I opened the first page that evening and – never stood up, till the last. I was inspired by his daring, stilled by his humility and ready to build empires myself. It was my privilege and honour to edit All Doors Opened. The author's spunk, humor, grace and dignity makes it a textbook of an exemplary life.” says Padma Rao Sundarji, Editor, 'All Doors Opened'.
Laced with gentle, self-depreciating humor and suffused with deep love for his family and friends, ‘All Doors Opened’ offers the best instruction to young people embarking on their careers; in any profession and anywhere in the world.
Speaking about the book, Balbir Punj, well known columnist and former Member of Rajya Sabha expressed, “The book makes an honest effort to recapture many faceted life of Inder uncle and the times he lived in. Reading the book is like living those years with him, for the description of events and personalities, all feel so vivid and alive.”
It is Inder Sharma's ode to hard work, family values, harmless mischief, acts of kindness and good times. But it's also a paean to life that will inspire and move readers to live it to the hilt, just like the author did.
“150 rupees a month to multi-millionaire, a fantastic journey of hard work, learning, and serving by Inder Sharma. This book is a must reading for all those young men looking to do big and be on their own in life and career. Inder worked hard and honestly in an era marred by Communist style economy and restrictive Government policies – yet he achieved the goal” shared, Prem Prakash, Chairman, ANI Media.
About Mr. Inder Sharma & Select Group
A pioneer in the Indian Travel Industry, the late Mr. Inder Sharma joined the Tourism Industry in 1953 as a transfer assistant. In 1955, he was selected by SITA World Travel Inc., New York for a 6-month advanced training in Travel Management in the USA. After completing his training he returned to India and opened the first SITA office here in 1956.
He worked as the Regional Manager (India) from 1956 to 1963 post which he was promoted to the position of Vice President, Asia. In 1963, SITA World Travel Inc. was established as an Indian Private Limited Company and Mr. Sharma took charge as Managing Director. SITA India grew from strength to strength and by March 2000 it had over 23 pan-India offices and 9 international marketing offices.
The Select Group was formed in 2002 under the guidance of our late Chairman Mr. Inder Sharma, a leading figure in the Indian Travel & Tourism industry and the man behind India’s largest and most successful travel venture SITA World Travel from the 1950 to the year 2000 (that disinvested to Kuoni Resien, Switzerland in 2000). SITA World Travel in its time pioneered the travel business winning several National & International accolades.
Today Select Group has successfully ventured into several diverse business verticals including hospitality, retail (Select Hotels & Select CITYWALK), travel, private equity and organic farming, making each a worthy entrepreneurial landmark.