Gulshan Rai, publisher and creator of Diamond Comics, was born on November 17 1951. . His hard work, entrepreneurial skills and business acumen has made Diamond Comics the biggest comic publishing group in India.
Mr. Rai, a physics graduate from University of Delhi, set off to Germany in 1970 to learn the intricacies of printing from Heidelberg University. After coming back to India in 1971, he joined his family venture Punjabi Pustak Bhandar, New Delhi. Thereafter, he worked with Publications India, a division of Star Publications Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Rai achieved a milestone in his career when he started publishing Diamond Mini Pocket Books in 1973. The books covered a wide variety of genres -fiction, non-fiction, children’s, educational and much more. The books took the market by storm and the venture was successful.
Creating History with Diamond Comics and Other Ventures;
In 1978, Mr. Rai changed the entire Indian comic-book scenario when he started Diamond Comics. The comic characters created by Diamond Comics like Chacha Chaudhary, Billoo, Pinki, Motu Patlu, and many more went on to become household names and are still enjoyed by all age groups. Besides, the company also started publishing many foreign characters comics such as Phantom, Mandrake, He-man, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and James Bond in Hindi. Simultaneously, Mr. Rai also started Diamond Pocket Books which published over 2000 books on varied genres in Hindi , English ,Urdu, Bengali and in other regional languages in its first five years. He also started publishing full series of Osho Book (paperback edition) in Hindi , English and Urdu. .
After the sudden death of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, The Prime Minister of India, Diamond Comics published a comic book based on her life. It was called Shanti ki Massiha and within two months, over one million copies were sold.
Mr. Rai re- launched Amar Chitra Katha in 1992 when IBH stopped publishing the same. After a year, he started a series of Film Chitra Katha under which a new movie was released every Friday. Over a period of eight years, 400 movies were released. In the same year, he started a family magazine Grehlakshmi, which turned out to be second top family magazine in Hindi. In 1993, he started a weekly crime magazine Dafa 302 , in Hindi , Bengali , and Oriya which achieved a sale of 2.5 lakh copies every week. In 1993, he produced eight 60 minutes tele films based on the famous Diamond Comics characters. In 1997, Mr.Rai introduced a monthly magazine Vastu Evam Jyotish in Hindi followed by a medical monthly journal Health Plus in Hindi and English. In the following years, Mr. Rai started the publication of crime magazines Manohar Kahaniyan, Satya Katha and Manohar Kaliyan. In 2002, he started publishing a monthly magazine Sunchetna of Sudhanshu Ji Maharaj. In the following year, he introduced a monthly magazine of Swami Ramdev, Yog Sandesh, in Hindi, English & other 11 Regional languages. In 2005, Mr. Rai started the publication of Osho‘s monthly magazine Osho Dhara in Hindi and English which is now known as Osho Today.
For his achievements and contributions in the field of publishing, Mr. Rai has been honoured with many awards. Some of his awards include:
●World’s Leading and Successful Professional by WHO’S WHO Historical Society, USA.
●International Quality Summit Award for Excellence and Business Prestige by Business Initiative Directions, Madrid, Spain
●International Professional of the year by International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England(2005)
●Bhartiya Udyog Ratna Award by National Education & Human Resource Development Organization (2005)
● World Business Leader Award for being a successful leader who works in an innovative, knowledgeable and systematic manner by World Confederation of Businesses Houston, USA (2015)
Even after three decades of never ending hard work, Mr. Rai’s entrepreneurial spirit continues. He is now venturing into the digitization of all the multi-lingual publications for online access and mobile phones. Under his guidance, Diamond Comics is also planning to make computer and mobile games based on its famous comic characters.