Tuesday, October 29, 2013
How It Began: I come from Sangli, a small town in central India, famous for sugar manufacturing and a large temple of Lord Ganesha. My family and I lived in sugar factory campus housing until I completed my engineering degree. I used to sit on the back of big trucks loaded with sugar cane, chewing on the sweet canes. My father worked as a chief engineer for, then, Asia’s largest sugar factory for 30 years, until his retirement. I cannot imagine working for the same company for three decades. I certainly can’t.
In 1991, mechanical engineering was the favorite course at every engineering college in India, and it was the subject I chose for my 4-year bachelor degree, too. A mechanical engineer himself, my father always urged me to improve my skills in managing big machines and shop floor workers. During my internship at the Cummins Company, I was fascinated by the unbelievably huge diesel engines manufactured for ships and mining haul trucks.
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