I was born in the village of Rampur Manhyaran near Saharanpur, located 100 miles north of New Delhi, a village without electricity, roads, running water, toilets, televisions or cars.
After receiving my high school education in a village school in 1962, I was accepted to I.I.T., Kharagpur, majoring in agricultural engineering and received my B.Tech. degree in 1967.
I went on to establish the Business Research Services & American Business Lists. Hiring two part-time employees, I launched the company in 1972. The Omaha company created lists from the information available in telephone books. These lists became cost-saving marketing tools for mobile home manufacturers that needed sales prospects.