Getting a hair cut is a weekly routine. We go to our favorite saloon to get it. But what if you visit a saloon; the barber comes in Roll Royce but gives you a haircut in just Rs 75. Isn’t amazing! I am glad to introduce you to a barber by profession Ramesh Babu, who not just only gives haircuts but also has a passion for collecting luxury cars.
Latest in his collection is Mercedes-Maybach, imported from Germany, which he bought with his own money, supplemented by a huge bank loan. At present, he is only the person in India to own this 3.2 crore car. The other standouts in his fleet include a Rolls Royce, 11 Mercedes, 10 BMWs, three Audis, and two Jaguars. He gives these cars on rent to celebrities and whoever needs them.
Ramesh’s journey is as awe as his cars are. To make ends meet, he joined his family business after his father’s death. From last 30 years he is doing this job and at present he spends at least five hours daily, at Bowring institute, personally styling the hairs of his regular customers. As a professional barber, he doesn’t want to forget his roots but he can also not stop himself from driving his egg-white Rolls Royce Ghost.
“God is with me and I have worked hard to reach here. My dream is to buy every luxurious car there is. And after Rolls-Royce, now it’s the Mercedes-Maybach. Driving this is a thrill,” he says. But he is quick to add that he doesn’t want to forget where he has come from. “I don’t want to forget the suffering… the way my mother brought me up in poverty after my father’s death. So, I will continue to work in the salon. I can afford this luxury because of my profession. I plan to have more such cars,” he told a leading newspaper the Hindu.
When his father died, Ramesh was just nine and very poor. After completing 10th, he quit studies and, like his father, became a full-time barber. His fortunes changed in 1994 when he bought a Maruti Omni van and. He started renting his car and from there began Ramesh’s tryst with cars. This career choice paid off better than he could have imagined. He says, “Somehow, things have clicked for me.” As of now, he has around 150 luxury cars, some he uses for driving and some are given on rent. He gained international attention in 2011 when he bought the Rolls Royce for rs 3 cr.