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Laundry to London The Amazing Journey Of JSW Steel’s Bikash Chowdhury


Smart work might help in achieving short-term goals, but hard work teaches you life. Former seems easy and is demand of the hour, but it is hard work only that makes you an achievers yet grounded. Do these words sound phony? Here’s another example of this- Bikash Chowdhury.

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Bikash Chowdhury, who is now an associate vice president of treasury at JSW Steel, is a child of a Kolkata laundryman who pressed the clothes of the family of Arun Lal, the former Indian cricketer.

The movement of Lals from Delhi to Kolkata, when Mr Chowdhury was only 12, was the only chance event in his life, and after that it was his hard work and persistence that paid off. He was then the only child in his family to study in an English-medium school of Kolkata, Julien Day School. Lal’s wife Debjani offered to help with the language. And along with the tuition she always gave Chowdhury an orange squash daily to encourage him,says Chowdury.

A relationship that started with English intensified. The Lals, who don’t have kids, adopted Chowdhury under their wing, and guided him to milestones. Chowdhury, splitting his time between the Lal home and his father’s pavement dwelling in Bhawanipore, went on to do BCom and MCom. Then he appeared for the CAT. In 2000, got into IIM Kolkata.Job in Duetsche bank followed right after his IIM. From handling balance sheets to becoming Vice President within few years in Duetsche Bank, Mumbai he was laid off in 2008. However, as he “had created a reputation” of his own that he got a job within a week’s span in Credit Agricole. Alongside he had worked for HDFC Bank and multinational DBS bank. Last June, he moved to JSW Steel as head of treasury.


However he admitted that in 9th, it was the words of Lal that there is no assurance in sports that pushed him to studies; else he was considering football as profession till then. Moreover, it is not that Chowdhury was all perfect; he also took help from his seniors and classmates in Mathematics. He also saw lows when he entered in IIM as the subject seemed extremely tough to him, however herein also his persistence and hard work played a vital role. Even the loss of job in Duetsche Bank was not a downer; rather he was resilient to the adversity and bounced back.

A new family for Chowdhury “I have two sets of parents, Mr Arun Lal and Mrs Lal and the other, my biological parents,” Chowdhury says. On his part, he has generously expressed his gratitude to the Lals. Chowdhury has gifted them a Mercedes, while driving the relatively modest Volkswagen Vento and Renault Duster.

He also financially aided the Lal family when they wanted to move from an apartment into a bungalow. Asked what kind of person his improbable story has made him, Chowdhury says, “I hope into a better one.
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Along with gifting them with Mercedes, Chowdhury even named his daughter – Arunima; after his adopted father Mr. Arun Lal.

As Lals were childless, so once Arun Lal said, “We gained a son. He is a terrific human being and I am grateful to the Lord for Bikash”.

To conclude, it is the best to say to hear from your parents, mentors, guru that “they are grateful to have you” is the ultimate bliss. Beyond that all seems hoax. Once that is achieved, one must consider that one’s hard work paid off and it’s time to never let them down, so one must work all the more hard and thrive for more… Imbibe what is good in Mr Bikash Chowdhury and thrive for perfection and those blissful gems from your people’s mouth.

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Written by Shiva Sai Teja

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