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Do you believe that even during this traumatic pandemic someone is all ears to the grievances of commoners? Politicians reaching out to their targeted voter base ahead of elections is a banal spectacle. The reasons are patently obvious. But finding a real Good Samaritan during this unforeseen crisis is akin to looking for a pin in a haystack.

Yes, at the heart of silver city Cuttack, a flamboyant industrialist attends patiently to grievances from the early morning. He hears out the woes of slum dwellers. Each day, around 40 people pour out their agony before this self made business magnate at his ancestral house.

And, Mahimananda Mishra, obliges them with financial assistance for a bevvy of their personal needs ranging from marriage to healthcare and supporting higher education goals for their children.

Whenever we think of an industrialist’s lifestyle, the image that conjures up is a lavish spectacle- one of swanky offices, plush bungalows, terraced gardens, expensive limousines and every creature comfort one can dream of. If an industrialist has such a cornucopia of wealth, why doesn’t he do his bit to help the poor and dispossessed?

Why can’t he turn his eyes to develop the periphery and set right the inequities created by the rich-poor divide? Fortunately, the earth has gleaming examples of some kind-hearted wealth creators who have donated aplenty.

Bill Gates and Azim Hasham Premji stand out as exceptionally exceptional. But why aren’t other opulent business owners taking the cues? We are doomed in a country where barely one per cent of the population has wrested more than 90 per cent of the wealth. This lopsided phenomenon does not help India’s avowed march towards a sustainable trillion-dollar economy.

But as Odias, if we look in our backyard, our hearts swell with pride. Mahimananda Mishra owns a business conglomerate with a valuation in upwards of Rs 10,000 crore with verticals ranging from shipping to ports and hospitality. He employs 10,000 people, a resounding 90 per cent of them being Odias. Yet this sprawling business empire has not taken away a shred from his social commitments.

An ardent believer in Lord Jagannath and the incredible shrine, Mishra admits that he has achieved it all due to the blessings of the supreme lord. He genuflects to the Lord for endowing him with the strength to shoulder big responsibilities. The OSL Group of Companies founded by him is his family. He gives away a sizeable portion of his wealth to CSR activities. More power to his tribe!

Written By Dibyajit Sahu

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  1. Brother, your lion hearted attitude stands well above the other business magnates from Odisha,as well as so many others hailing from other parts of the country.Moreover the spirit counts,not the wealth we possesss.I m witness to your benevolent spirit,in so many occasions.
    Let, Supreme Lord bestow all the blessings on you.

  2. He is a wonderful human have known him from college days yes he loves giving and guess lord Jagannath wants to give his blessings to him. During this pandemic what i hear there r no job cuts no paycuts . This speaks volumes of his large heart and care for his family members of OSL

  3. Two human attributes stand out in the personality of Mr Mishra, as truthfully reflected in the article. First: The ability to create wealth that to rising from a typical brahminical background to become a “self made industrialist” in an era & in a state where the business acumen hardly commanded respect. Second: The magnanimity to share the wealth. This one is tough as we in India, being generally from less than modest economic background, rarely inculcates the habit of giving. But, great Lord of the Universe has blessed Mr Mahimanand Mishra with both the attributes. The embodiment of these two qualities has made him what he is today. I am sure, the continued love of his OSL family shall keep him in good stead for years to come.

  4. I got a scope to work with him. He is a very good business man. And a man of commitment.

    But what mesmerize me is his behavior and approach. I feel proud that Odisha has a good Industrialist like him.

  5. a relentless fighter and a brave survivor. Can’t fathom his cool character, which makes him unique and a fearsome strategist!
    In one word: LION

  6. We love bhaina because of his so many good qualities,out of most prominent this kindness and love for everybody. May God bless him with a long n all happiness in life. Pranam karuchhi.

  7. I am thanking almighty for giving me a chance to work under him. Not only for this pandemic he is always dere to support his state in every possible way which shows his kindhearted ness.He must be in prayers of numbers of people around him and will be in mine always. 🙏🙏

  8. I am thanking almighty for giving me a chance to work under him. Not only for this pandemic he is always dere to support his state in every possible way which shows his kindhearted ness.He must be in prayers of numbers of people around him and will be in mine always. 🙏

  9. He is true son of mother Odisha. He is given opportunities to many odia people in his organisation.

    He is inspiration to many young entrepreneurs also.

    Not only in our state but also where ever he goes gets love and affections from people because he shows equall love affection to everyone.

    I have observed and learned a big lesson from him that to pay equal respect from Doorman to chairman.

    A true Business leader and Blssed son of Odisha.

  10. Shri Mahimananda Mishra is a Path Breaker both in business & social spheres. He believes in Bench Making and not following Bench Marks . A perfect Team Leader with a humane approach. He’s known to deliver commitments. – All this and many more mantras which have created the robust OSL Group.

  11. We know each other from school days and have been working together for a long time of 45 years.
    He is a very kind hearted business tycoon of Odisha,Master in men &management,the core business of OSL group of companies.He is hard working,great motivator, who takes utmost care of his huge staff strength personally.No body returns empty handed from him.6000+ staffs and their family members regarded him as living God.
    He is visionary being the first “odia” ventured into shipping & stevedoring business since decades achieved many records and credentials year on year.
    Mahomananda ,an exceptional personality with Good test,Generous,and intense mannerism.
    God bless.

  12. No person in this world has ever been “Rewarded” for what he has “Received”.
    He is always “Honoured” for what he has “Given” to others. You
    being the proud son of soil of odisha ,you deserve much more accolades for your benevolent n selfless services for mankind , devotion of your heart n soul to lord jagannath.your love ,compassion ,sacrifice, behavior, assurance, attitude,help and commitment are simply matchless . Its spontaneous flow from the core of your heart not only duringthis pandemic but always. proud to be a associated with a lion and great heart . I bow my head.

  13. We know each
    Other from school days and have been working together for a long time of 45 years.
    He is a very kind hearted business tycoon of Odisha Master in Men &Management,the core business of OSL group of companies.He is hard working leader,great motivator and takes utmost care of his huge staff strength personally.Nobody returns empty handed from him.6000+ osl staffs and their family members regarded him as living God.
    He is a visionary being the first Odia ventured into shipping & stevedoring business since decades achieving records and credentials year on year.
    Mahimananda is a unique personality with Good tested,generous ,with intense Mannerism.
    God bless .

  14. It is indeed very proud and fortunate for the odias to have such an industrialist amongst them. Anything said to praise this gentleman would be an understatement to his generosity. More glory to him.

  15. Shri Mahimananda Mishra is a path breaker both in business & philanthropic sphere. A true team leader with a humane approach . He believes in bench making and not follow bench marks . He is know to deliver commitments . All these and many more mantras are key to the robust OSL group .

  16. I personally Say that As he belongs from my motherland kashipur, Sunakhandi, Salipur, Odisha me & my family proud For Grate Personality that he is a wonderful human have known him he loves giving and guess lord Jagannath wants to give his blessings to him. During this pandemic what i hear there r no job cuts no paycuts . This speaks volumes of his large heart and care for his family members of OSL. I am a big fan of Shri Mishra.

  17. Our MD is an amazing Leader and also an Mentor. He always encourages to his employees to be the best. We the OSL family members will always be thankful to him for all the hard work and effort he has put in to make us who we are today. With our greatest appreciation we are Proud to Honor aTrue Leader of Odisha .
    Thank you for being such an amazing Boss….

    • I will be remain ever grateful to Sir for his kind hearted nature. He has a lion heart to help people and the society whenever some crisis are there. He has some special power to know his office bearers , workers personally by name. I wish his more & more success .

  18. Shrimp Mahimananda Misha is a true Business leader and Blessed Son of Odisha. He is my father and OSL Group My Family.

  19. Shri Mahimananda Mishra is a true Business leader and Blessed Son of Odisha. He is my father and OSL Group My Family.

  20. Really a great personality Shri Mahimananda Mishra in Odisha not only as a Industrialist but as a notable name for needy people. Such a wonderful human for entire OSL group members who always behind them even in his odd period. May Lord Jagannath bestow all blessings on him. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  21. I have had the honour of being a part of the OSL Team. Great company to work with. There are many wonderful stories of Sir silently helping his employees and the poor. Wish we all could have a big heart as his.

  22. After the Tall Man of Odisha, Sri Mahimananda Mishra is an odia of undisputable character for the love for his motherland. As heard about him, he was a shy person who never use to have a public appearance, but his strong will power made him to nurture and transform into a human being with full of self confidence to reach this place. He had built a company which transformed into a signature brand name”OSL”. OSL is not a company but its a family which is growing day by day. Starting from ground to air and water OSL is omnipresent. Sri Mishra is a proud Odia who promotes Odia globally and can be said as believer of “MAKE IN ODISHA” since inception of OSL. Sri Mishra is the brain, nerve and eyes of OSL. Pray LORD JAGANNATH bestow him more and more and shower him good luck, health and prosperity which will boost OSL as well as odias in the state…. He has one of the best smile which makes him supercool human being..
    He is a man which proves that hard work will never go in vain.

  23. Needs no introduction itself as a great son of this soil.At a strech he is a leader ,industrialist, philanthropist, aboveall he is a visionary per excellence. His leadership qualities emerged from his student career it self taking the industrialisation of odisha to a new height.Morning shows the days like wise he shrined like a light house from his child hood it self .Ardent believer in the power of Almighty. Living in ancestral home remembering all freinds (from chatshale to university,) in every occasion, paying respects to everyone irrespective of stature,helping the needy in lightest occasion secretly(his lt hand dont know what rt hand donates)are his unique qualities.
    We pray Almighty for his long healthy, happy life…aameen.

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