After a brief stint as a soldier in the Indian army and inspired by the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, Captain C. P. Krishnan Nair, started manufacturing handloom garments. He then went on to practice the traditional Indian art of Athithi Sathkar hospitality in the hotel industry. He established "Leela" - the first environmentally friendly hotel in India - where guests are invited to enjoy the beauty of nature. He has invested time and energy by personally growing and looking after a variety of plants, trees and shrubs not only in the neighbourhood, but in the city of Mumbai. Today, even the city slums no longer look like slums. His efforts have motivated the people, particularly the poor, to recognize that they too can brighten their lives by cleaning and greening their environment. His hotel has become a model, which has stimulated the entire hotel industry in India to develop environmentally-sound and sustainable management practices. He has significantly contributed to the greening of the area near the international and domestic airports, and today, tree-lined avenues, flowering traffic islands and road dividers dotted with shrubs embellish the area. Captain Nair is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Pride of India Gold Award, the Shiromani Vikas Award, the Goa Rattan Gold Award, the Prime Minister's Regional Tourism Award and the Mumbai Civic Award.