Born in Ulhasnagar, a Sindhi dominated town around 60 Kms from Mumbai Central. Ulhasnagar is a colony of migrants in the aftermath of Partition. It was set up especially to accommodate 6,000 soldiers and 30,000 others during World War II. And this was the city my parents migrated to, from Sindh Pakistan. With no proper toilets at home, we used public toilets, but even those lacked flush systems. It was not the most hygienic of conditions to live in but it taught me early on to make good of what I had.
My father was the only one in my family who had the opportunity to be educated till class 10th and was fluent in English. He worked as a steno with a British company called ICL (International Computers Ltd) which later became ICIM. Interesting story:
“My father had an English boss who was very tough with his rules. The office timing was from 9 am but my father used to take a local train at 7:30 am and could reach office only by 9:15 am. His boss did not allow that. So instead, my father started taking the 6:30 local to reach his office at 8 am”
My two sisters and one elder brother were all born in his absence (these days It is unheard of! The father has to be present with the wife in the delivery room). But luckily I was born at 5 am and he was there to accompany my mother.
His hard work and perseverance taught me some of the most important lessons for life at an early age.
And from here began my journey to becoming what I am today