Guru: A Long Walk to Success
Guru: A Long Walk to Success
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Guru: A Long Walk to Success

The journey of a boy that began from a little- known village of Mathak in Gujarat, India, culminated in the creation of East Africa’s biggest business groups to straddle the industrial world of steel, cement, infrastructure and aviation. This is the inspiring story of Narendra Raval, endearingly known as ‘Guru’, who began from the most humble beginnings to reach the zenith of his career through tireless hard work, an inherent business acumen and sheer tenacity.


Narendra Naval autobiography, in collaboration with his dear friend and colleague, Kailash Mota, traces four decades in the life of Guru Bhai Narendra Raval. It is hard to believe that the astute businessman, who successfully built a US$400 million industrial empire, began his work life as a young, teenage priest in Nairobi, Kenya. Today, Guru Bhai runs his business empire with more than 4,500 employees spread across East Africa. He was also featured among the top 50 richest men in the Forbes Africa 2015 list.

A fascinating, awe-inspiring autobiography, A Long Walk to Success is a legacy of wisdom and guidance for young entrepreneurs inspiring to walk in Guru Bhai’s footsteps.

Weight 589.67 g
Dimensions 231.14 × 162.56 × 27.94 mm




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Kailash Mota,

Narendra Raval


Bloomsbury India


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Editorial Review

This book on the life of Shri Narendra Raval will teach the younger generation about the power of hard work and determination. Fascinating nuggets from his life will make the book a pleasant read. ~ Shri Narendra Modi (Hon. Prime Minister of India)

I was moved by his struggle and inspired by his devotion, dedication, vision, foresight, hard work and his 'never give up' attitude towards life, which is why he is at the peak of the African business and industry. ~ The Lord Loomba CBE,  House of Lords (London , SWIA OPW)

Narendra Bhai's autobiography is an attempt to make people aware of his successful journey despite the lacuna, limitations and weaknesses of an ordinary human being and the hardship of a poor family background. ~ Shri Vijay Rupani (Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarati)

I have found Narendra Bhai's life story unbelievable and exciting. I see many positives revolving around his life, which probably have made him a steel tycoon. ~ Shri Vaju Bhai Vala

Guru's journey -  coming to Kenya as a priest from Gujarat thirty-seven years ago; to being excluded from his sect for marrying a Kenyan girl of Indian origin; to starting a small shop in Nairobi; to being an African business tycoon -  is a story of dogged perseverance, determination and unwavering positive attitude. ~ Tejinder Singh (Managing Director, Global Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited)

Guru's story is one of determination, hard work and putting people first... This explains the big businesses that he has built from a humble beginning. Putting people first can be seen from the fact that most of his senior employees began working for him over twenty-five years ago! ~ John Gachora (Group Managing Director, NIC Bank, Kenya)