Learn, Earn and Return – The mantra to live one’s life by

On the 14th January’11, on the sidelines of the 2010 Economic Times Leadership Awards telecast on ET NOW (with this year the theme being Corporate Philanthropy, with the chieftains of 2 of India’s largest IT firms: Azim Premji of Wipro & Shiv Nadar of HCL, announcing giving away 2 billion $ & 10% of his personal net worth, respectively to their respective foundations, predominantly committed to the field of education), Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC quoted his mother (if my memory serves me right): “First 25 yrs, are where one learns; Next 25 yrs, are when one earns & the next 25 yrs, are where one returns (read: to the society as charity or otherwise).”

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