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for being an
and for giving
the country of
his birth, and
Dr Romesh Wadhwani,
winner of the
India Abroad Award for Lifetime
Achievement 2012, bares his soul
as he has never done before in a
conversation with Aziz Haniffa.
Hackneyed as the cliché ‘only-in-America’ may be, billionaire entrepreneur and phil- anthropist Dr Romesh Tekchand Wadhw- ani is a quintessential and tangible mani- festation of this oft-used phrase in all of its facets.
That a Karachi-born child — who was one of those
Midnight’s Children, born in 1947 at the cusp of Partition
— who barely escaped with his parents the brutality that
led to the birth of Pakistan, and came to the United States
as a student at age 22 could achieve the success that he has,
is yet another one of the fascinating compendium of immigrant stories that this country can take justifiable pride in.
As Wadhwani says, his father Tekchand — who later
became a banker at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking
Corporation, first in Delhi and then in Mumbai — and
mother Shanta, a homemaker, “were absolutely products
of Partition. We moved to India from Karachi in the midst
of Partition. In fact, almost 80 percent of the group that
they were in was slaughtered during the atrocities. We
happened to be the lucky few, and I was just a few days
Wadhwani is not one who forgets — not his beginning,
not what India did for him and certainly not what the US
‘The US has been the country which has given me the
opportunity and the privilege to have achieved three suc-
Dr Romesh Tekchand Wadhwani is a tangible manifestation of the oft-used phrase
‘only-in-America’ in all of its facets.
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