‘Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.' The JK Rowling quote, framed in a glossy poster next to accidental entrepreneur Revathy Roy's desk, pithily sums up her tumultuous journey.
She was living a comfortable life with her family and three children in an apartment on Breach Candy road, Mumbai, when her husband had a cardiac arrest. He remained in coma for the next 30 months, until his death in 2007. He did not have insurance and the bills mounted, but she could not even access their bank accounts as she required his signature to withdraw from the joint holdings. And then, things got even worse—Roy was imprisoned for three months after defaulting on loans she had taken for her husband’s treatment.