ATrad­ing Jack

India Today - - MAIL - by S. Kr­ish­nan

Arvind Chawla be­longs to that new breed of ad­ven­tur­ous and en­ter­pris­ing young In­di­ans who are fast mak­ing a name for them­selves in the tough, com­pet­i­tive world of Amer­i­can busi­ness and in­dus­try. At 29, Chawla has var­i­ously been a highly suc­cess­ful hote­lier, a Pub­lic Re­la­tions man for a large phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany and the sole dis­trib­u­tor for a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar cos­met­ics con­cern.

Chawla’s Amer­i­can odyssey be­gan way back in 1966 when he was a man- age­ment trainee un­der Oberoi Ho­tels’ scheme to sub­sti­tute In­dian trained ex­ec­u­tives in place of for­eign ex­perts.

Af­ter com­plet­ing this train­ing, Chawla worked for a year and a half with Oberoi as an as­sis­tant man­ager spe­cial­is­ing in food and bev­er­age ad­min­is­tra­tion. “Dur­ing my train­ing, I had a fan­tas­tic ex­po­sure to in­ter­na­tional food, lan­guage, wines and cul­tures that go along with them, and this whet­ted my ap­petite to see dis­tant lands.”

Chawla, who had not com­pleted his ed­u­ca­tion when he joined Oberoi, re­alised that there was not much scope for him in In­dia.

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