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As a consultant to the chemical process industry since the past 50 years, I know how to make money. However, the true joy for me comes out of the idea which has worked, rather than the cheque I receive.

Man Mohan Sharma (Indian Chemical Engineer)

When I graduated with my Chemical Engineering degree in 1958, the market was flush with job offers and getting a job in industry was a matter of pride for young engineers. I didn’t appear for a single interview because I really wanted to do research as I found it very exciting, was full of curiosity, and committed to it.

Man Mohan Sharma (Indian Chemical Engineer)

We showed what matters most in research was ideas. Not mere affluence of facilities. One of our greatest breakthroughs came on a Sunday afternoon in a beaker. The first 10-15 years, we did great work because we did idea-centric research.

Man Mohan Sharma (Indian Chemical Engineer)

Bombay was a wonderland for a boy from the desert and I will never forget two incidents. One was the very first day. I opened the water tap and found water gushing out. I had never seen tap water and that too flowing out with such force. The second was the monsoon, about which I did not have the foggiest idea, and I am not ashamed to admit it.

Man Mohan Sharma (Indian Chemical Engineer)

Light, after all, is the connecting force of the universe and all religions celebrate its spiritual delights.

Siamak Hariri

That was our starting point -- that it would glow with a dreamlike serenity which will explore the range of the phenomena of light and shadow in continual interaction.

Siamak Hariri

The first concept was a temple of light

Siamak Hariri

I'm Baha'i, too, my parents were persecuted as a result of it, and so you can imagine what this commission means

Siamak Hariri

Things are unadorned in Baha'i. Music can only be a capella, and no icons can line the walls. So you need to embed a sacred feeling in the building itself.

Siamak Hariri

As soon as I see someone is very capable, I put him in charge of a separate group. I keep forming similar groups.

Hafeez Contractor

When I was in college I used to tell my friends, my office will be running in three shifts and everybody used to laugh.

Hafeez Contractor

In architecture, you need a patron. When I was working in Kharegat's office, I knew virtually all the builders of Bombay and everybody was fond of me but that was not enough.

Hafeez Contractor

I wanted to be an architect since I was in Class III, though I didn't know the term "architecture" or "design" back then.

Hafeez Contractor

I would design forts, tanks, cars, guns, sections of a building. In Class IV, I was thrashed by my English teacher Mrs Gupta who caught me drawing instead of writing in class. But she also told me to become an architect when I grew up. That was the first time I heard the word 'architect'.

Hafeez Contractor

Early on I worked 19-20 hours a day for the first 14 years of my work life! As an entrepreneur, came the challenge of maintaining staff. Especially today, youngsters are more money conscious.

Hafeez Contractor

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