Unknown facts of Sahara’s Subroto Roy and his ancestral home
Apr 28, 2013, 09:03 AM IST
Patna/ Arariya: In the days of the British Raj, the area in which the homes of British officers was located was the residential or ‘R area’. Later, the two words were joined and the place came to be known as Arariya. In 1990 Arariya was separated from Purnea and declared a separate district.
Very few in Arariya today are aware of the origins of the name of the place. However, many remember incidents related to Subroto Roy. Yes, you guessed it. We are talking here about the owner of the Sahara empire- Subroto Roy.
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Roy was born in Arariya on the 10th of June, 1948.
The younger generation here is generally unaware of it, but there are many elders who claim to have been close friends of the tycoon.
His house here is situated on Ashram Road. Locals say that all those years ago when Subroto was growing up, there was not even a proper road leading to his home.
The work of building a road here was actually completed by Roy himself. Subroto’s maternal grandparents too lived on this very road.
His father, Sudhir Chandra Roy was a civil engineer. His ancestral home is now looked after by a caretaker.
Strange but true, this hometown of one of the richest Indians is steeped in unemployment and illiteracy.
The name of the founder and head of the mammoth Sahara group is known mostly in urban areas. Arariya remains to this day one of the most backward districts in India with one end of the town ending in Jogbani and the other stretching to the point where Nepal begins.
Subroto completed his schooling up to the tenth standard in Arariya itself. After that he went to Kolkata.
Roy completed his mechanical engineering from Gorakhpur where he also began his business.
From Gorakhpur, Subroto gradually expanded his empire to make it the giant it is today, claiming to be the biggest employer.
The road before his ancestral home was built by Subroto himself. It was named after his father.
Sahara founder and head Subroto Roy with sons Sushanto and Simanto.