My first guru
Ratan Mama. He sowed the seeds for some principles in me that I have carried for life - integrity, trust and the pursuit of excellence. I will never forget his words: "You are all horses, the best horse will win"
My first job
At RSM & Co, a professional services firm. I learned my craft here
My first boss
Anil Mehta at RSM & Co. A great human being, he gave me the space and freedom to operate, and I realised the value of empowerment, which I practise today
My first promotion
At 28, when I was made a partner in RSM & Co. I can never forget that day. It made me feel on 'top of the world'
My first disappointment
Not getting a promotion when I was expecting one at Arthur Andersen. It taught me the value of perseverance and the fact that winners never quit