The whiff of change was already there. Rajiv Gandhi was booting up computers, the Berlin Wall was being pulled down, the Mandal report was ushering in social re-engineering. But chants of the ‘Hindu rate of growth’ bred pragmatism. There was hope, yes, but it wasn’t for sure.
And then, seemingly as they were hurling their hats in the air on graduation day, the Harvesters found the nation hurtling down a path not known. For proof, look at the eight men and women MBAs we have profiled. All of them graduated from B-school between 1991 and 1993—in more ways than one could imagine, they walked into new jobs and opportunities in an India that was retooling itself. Did B-school prepare them for the changed reality? Well, frankly, no. But now, approaching 40, they are at the top of what they do. If life is all about the freedom to choose, The Harvesters got lucky.