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It’s Up To Us Now – Part 4

May 13th, 2010 · 4 Comments

In Jan 2009, as the economy slowed, my company was not doing that great. I had started the process of making some changes within the company, but they would take time to play out. I was not disheartened – the life of an entrepreneur is about long periods of struggles punctuated with some moments of delightful successes.

Even though I had a privileged education, my upbringing was as modest as one could imagine in the India of the 1970s. My early days were spent in Chinchpokli in Mumbai in a 100 sq ft room, shared by my parents, along with my father’s four siblings and mother. Travel was in buses with my mother – where every 5 paise saved was valuable. My father worked hard through multiple ventures as an entrepreneur and tasted success in some of them. By the time I was 7, we had moved to Nepean Sea Road, and I joined St. Xavier’s High School.

I mention this because we so often forget our past. (As a collective, we have indeed forgotten our national past.) It is only from the crucible of our experiences that we can mold the future. I am a product of Middle-class India, of parents who worked hard to ensure good education for my sister and me, and then gave us the freedom to chart our own course. Luck obviously plays a role in what we become, but its foundation is built on Hard Work.

 Continued tomorrow.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 vishal // May 13, 2010 at 7:06 am

    “As a collective, we have indeed forgotten our national past” thats a very good point, its only 60 yrs since independence, we have forgotten the hardships and moral values and it degrading day bay day.

  • 2 Satya // May 13, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Rajesh,

    Very inspiring series of post.

    Regards,
    Satya

  • 3 Kasi // May 13, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I always feel you underplay your hard work and push it below luck.

    Kasi

  • 4 talll.com // May 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    “Luck obviously plays a role in what we become, but its foundation is built on Hard Work.”

    Very true. Its amazing how often we lose sight of this fact.

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