Ravi Kumar Gummadi says
It gives me immense pleasure to write a testimonial for my friend, Tarun Cherukuri.
Technology Manager, Foods, Hindustan Unilever Limted (Formerly and more popular as Hindustan Lever). Earning Rupees 20+ lakhs per annum until a couple of months back. BITS Pilani Alumnus. Gold medalist in Chemical Engineering at BITS. Rejected a 35+ lakhs p.a. job at Schulmberger in 2006 upon graduation, ‘coz he wanted to work in India. Best student at every institute he studied. Badminton champion U-13 and U-11 at national level. I am testimony to each of his achievements – he was my buddy through school and university.
So, what more can I tell you about him which is not on his illustrious CV, which by a huge distance is the best I have ever seen. Maybe, I should tell you what he is doing now. For starters, he quit his job at Unilever to work at an NGO called TeachforIndia. He now teaches in a slum school at Wadgaonsheri, Pune.
The first time I heard his decision, I was apprehensive. The first time I saw a couple of pictures from his training, I was gladdened, he was doing something he loved for so long. Today, as I look at the difference he has made to the underprivileged kids of National Childrens Academy at Wadgaonshire, Pune, I swell with pride at having been privy to one of the most sublime men of our generation.
I would join his plea to you all to extend him a helping hand and contribute in your own way to his efforts. Do get back to him or his NGO and see how you can make a difference in your own way.
All I can do here, is vouch for my friend, who I am very proud of, for taking a decision which I certainly might not have taken. I am proud of the fact that in a world where media cribs about MBA grads rejecting potential millionaire offers in MNCs to set up their own entrepreneurship, here is a guy, who had the guts, in his words, to "chose to be a milionaire with levers in India instead of a crorepathi with Slumberger in Scotland." and later on chose to do what he loves best – service the needy, make a difference and change the world.Ravi Kumar Gummadi ravikumar.gummadi[at]gmail.com