The Young Entrepreneur Awardee, Mr.Koti Reddy with his basic qualification of 10th standard in a government school has made a history by making a tremendous leap from his simple rural domain to the magnificent tech-domain of Microsoft.
“Degree alone is not enough to achieve success in life”, proved by Mr. Koti Reddy, a man born and studied in a small village in Andhra Pradesh. Degree is just a way to get a job, but it can’t give guarantee to achieve success in one’s life. He entered the c-language world, with the 1000 rupees given to him by his father as a Pongal gift. He was beaten by his father for this. He went through several hardships in his life. He was caught in the clutches of poverty and has suffered the pain of hunger many a times in his life, has toiled in the fields shedding sweat and strain. He had worked for a meagre income of 700 rupees per month, doing a data entry job, in a rented building. He then became the proprietor of the computer institute where he learnt to teach computer. After that he moved to Hyderabad, where he learnt to make and sell computers. Through his hardwork and dedication, he found a place in the Microsoft company, located close to his residence. He was not deterred there, but kept on moving ahead exploring new trails towards success and hurling high out his victorious banner. With his strenuous and untiring work in the industry, he became a great work man. Thus he earned his place and a name of success in that field. Today, through his multifarious enterprises, he makes a mass of money, but not yet stopped his dreaming and striving of extending his territories. He further flourishes with innovative explorations, beneficial not only for hundreds or thousands or lakhs but for crores of people, with his unique ideals and impeccable actions. In the midst of many challenges and competitions, he has attained his current stature and has become an inspiration to many as an icon of confidence, grit and courage.
The hardships he has undergone have chiselled him into an honourable personification of victory, whose sprout shot out from a village, Janarthanpuram. This village was the birth place of Sri. Saripalli Koti Reddy. His father was a farming labour and his mother a homemaker. Later his mother also started working in the fields to meet with the needs of the family, though his father had few acres of land for lease and also they worked in their field. Koti Reddy was the third child with two elder sisters living with his family in a simple thatch- roofed house.They lived in this one roomed house, his parents, grandparents, two elder sisters and Koti Reddy. There was only a firewood stove at the backyard of their house. During rains, they had to prepare food inside the house. There was no electricity, so Reddy had to do his homework and learn under the street light.
Even from his childhood he had a great interest to read and write. He studied in a government school. He was very active and always be first in his class. His mother used to say that her son would become a great person one day. His mother’s words had an impact on him and that made him to do all his works in a better way and become an inspiration to others.
He has a great passion to read books. Not only his school books, but also books out of his syllabus attracted him. The books from the government library in the village were not able to fulfil his yearning of reading and so his interest for books made him to go 7 kilometre away from his village and read the books from the treasury office library. He peddled to go this 7 Kilometre. In his young age, he began to read lot of books. He finished the biography of many great people in his high school itself. In his childhood, he was inspired by the life of two great personalities, the first chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu and the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates. Even during several hardships, he continued to fight against them bravely. In due course of time, the Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, became the first lawyer of the state and again he took part in freedom struggle and became the first chief minister of the free state. When Pantulu died, he had only two pairs of dresses and scandles. The simplicity, ideal and bravity of Pantulu inspired the mind of Reddy deeply. Bill Gates, even after being droped out from his college, but he became a successful person by Microsoft, which inspired Reddy in his childhood itself. The success and popularity of Microsoft, Bill Gates inspired Reddy to be an ideal person.
It is interesting to know that Reddy had a great desire to read the literature books. His favourite books were Chandamama and Balamitra. He gave importance to the famous writers in Telugu, Gurazada Venkata Apparao and Gudipati Venkata Chalam. Challam was a Telugu writer, philosopher and a most influential personalities in modern Telugu literature, who wrote many stories and novels on the basis of humanity. His works are for elderly people, that is, the relationship between men and women on various social and emotional basis. Many people who read his books are youngsters. Many women too read his books in secrete. But, Koti Reddy, began to read and understand Chalam’s book even in his high school stage.