Azim Premji’s isn’t a rags-to-riches story, but it is definitely one where bold moves had to be made, several times and at the right moments. In the late 1960s, for the scion of a vanaspati ghee—hydrogenated vegetable oil—manufacturer, it was not quite the usual thing to try and adopt professional management. But, at the family business, which operated out of a factory not far from Mumbai, Premji took it upon himself to professionalise.