But all that's history and the kid, now nearly 30, can indulge in all the culinary delights that money can buy, and much, much more. Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia just won the $2.5-million Emaar MGF Indian Masters, a European Tour event. That's Rs 1.6 crore, the highest prize money won by an Indian at home.
'Nepali', as Shiv is affectionately called by his parents and siblings (a name brought on by the pronounced Mongoloid features he had when young), has always been entranced by the game. "I used to watch members (of the RCGC) play golf, and was attracted to the game ever since I can remember. A golfer looks so smart and elegant," Shiv Shankar Prasad (or SSP, as he prefers to be called nowadays) told Outlook. His father, however, knew only too well it was a sport for the well-heeled and would often try to steer Nepali back to his studies. "But he would not be deterred," recalls eldest brother Vijay Prasad, who tends the RCGC lawns.