Smooth operator

With a robust fleet and strong operational efficiency, VRL Logistics has done well. Will its winning streak last?

Photographs: Soumik Kar

From politician to publisher to businessman, Vijay Sankeshwar, head of logistics firm VRL Logistics, has certainly come a long way in life. 65-year-old Sankeshwar flagged off his goods transport company with a single truck in 1967, ferrying goods between Gadag and Hubballi, and has never looked back since. Skepticism from friends and family about deviating from the family business of publishing, the inherent difficulties of poor infrastructure, an apathetic government with policies not conducive to the business and an idea before its time didn’t deter him from taking his business forward.