Des­tiny’s child

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Deputy man­ager of trade op­er­a­tions at In­dusind Bank, he’s just an­other em­ployee though he’s lit­tle dif­fer­ently abled than most oth­ers. Sid­dharth, who has re­ceived many awards in­clud­ing the Lala Kailash­pat Sing­ha­nia Award from National So­ci­ety for Equal Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Hand­i­capped (2007) and As­cen­das and Shell-he­len Keller Award (2009) was born as a healthy baby. But due to im­proper treat­ment when he was suf­fer­ing from jaun­dice when he was three days old, he de­vel­oped cere­bral palsy.

FIGHT­ING ODDS De­ter­mined to study he did his school­ing with bril­liant grades. Af­ter a B.com, Sid­dharth did his Masters in Eco­nomics from Loy­ola Col­lege. Af­ter many re­jec­tions, he was se­lected by ABN AMRO bank at a dis­abil­ity job fair in De­cem­ber 2004. “For the first time, I found that the three peo­ple in­ter­view­ing me were ac­tu­ally lis­ten­ing to me,” says Sid­dharth. In 2006, he cleared the cer­ti­fied doc­u­men­tary credit spe­cial­ist exam from In­sti­tute of Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, UK, a glob­ally recog­nised pro­fes­sional exam in trade fi­nance.

GJ SID­DHARTH, 31, Deputy man­ager,

In­dusind Bank

“If it weren’t for the bad times, I would never have been the per­son I

am to­day”

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