IN the beginning there was disaster. When engineering student Rajesh Soin arrived in the US in 1969, the airline lost his bags and he had just 25 cents in his pocket. In the beginning there was hardship, too. High schooler Amar G. Bose sustained his family during World War II by repairing radios from the basement of his family home in suburban Philadelphia. And some beginnings were marked by quirky brilliance. While at Case Western University, Shailesh Mehta cracked a century-old mathematical puzzle. The achievement was credited to him by open-mouthed professors as his dissertation.
Others were marked by plenty of cheek. Ashok Trivedi and partner Sunil Wadhwani let the world imagine they were running a multi-million dollar business from a 10 by 10 ft office where they played boss, secretary, janitor and typist to each other.
With the beginning came responsibility for some. Young Venkee Sharma found himself inheriting his father's company when the latter died, barely 10 years after setting it up.
All those tentative...