I had a dream. Influenced and motivated by what I saw; I had a life mapped out for myself; a life less ordinary.
Hard work, perseverance and a zeal to do more. These three values have shaped the choices I've made, given me a sense of direction and helped me identify the possibilities I see today. I wanted to join the civil services. A chance encounter with Civil Engineering, made me steer clear of my decision to study economics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University and head to Indian Institute of Technology instead.
Armed with a degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), I started my career as an investment banker with Citi Bank and ING Barings in the U.S. and the U.K. I then moved to the Aditya Birla Group in India, in search of a different challenge. Here, I had to leave my decade long banking experience behind and learn the ropes of running a company. I'd like to believe that my stint at ABG helped hone my business acumen and marked the first step towards my entrepreneurial journey.
An opportunity from Suzlon Energy, then a high-flying Indian wind turbine maker, introduced me to the world of clean energy. It got me thinking about climate change, and “completed my transition from Wall Street to Windmills.” My time with Suzlon helped me understand wind power and master the nuances of the evolving sustainability platform. I was fascinated by the concept of clean energy, and the possibilities of the market excited me. I wanted to see what could be done in this space, create something that could stand the test of time. And that is how ReNew Power was born.
For generalists like me, the entrepreneurial decision is somewhat different from a business decision. We have to identify an opportunity early, and just go for it. While this may be a high risk endeavour, the fruits will taste just that much sweeter. The decision to start ReNew power seals this belief for me.
My journey made me realise, we all need a purpose, but it is alright for the purpose to change, evolve and grow with us. The idea is to listen to your gut and keep at it. You never know, where it may take you.