17 December 2013

Sometimes the Mountain has to go to Mohammaad!

Got to meet Tathagata after what seems like ages. I was not on the road today, uncharacteristically. But he was. And he was traveling to Atlanta. So, we squeezed out what was supposed to be an hour meeting after 6 which turned out to be a 4 hour meeting. What a great time I had with this guy who I got to spend two months with during my fifth grade and then again, a few years in the same company twenty five years or so later.

The one time my dad did come to this country, he became a big fan of Tathagata because of his vast knowledge of Bengali literature, poems and culture. Both of us play the tabla although he is light years ahead of me. Picked up some good tips on how to improve my tabla.

There was so much to catch up on from our elementary and high school days…

Some of our discussions veered towards the philosophical – including being in the unenviable position of being the financial stability provider to a much larger family in India and the inevitable role of money around how it can completely queer so many otherwise near and dear relationships…

I do not know too many people who is a star in a company like McKinsey and works as a professor in an University.

Hope to spend many many more hours with him in my life. There is a lot I can learn from him…


Posted December 17, 2013 by Rajib Roy in category "Intersection Points


  1. By Keya Banerjee Guin on

    Seems like I know him! He was there when we were in Buffalo( in 1992-1994).He got married and I believe his wife is Monalisa? What a small world! How come he is Soumyo!?

  2. By Rajib Roy on

    He is indeed the same person. And that is indeed Mithu (Monalisa). She is on my FB friends list. Shoumyo is Tathagata’s “daaknaam”

  3. By Tathagata “Shoumyo” Dasgupta on

    A lifelong memory – since kindergarten. Thanks for re-posting this, Rajib!


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