Sanjeev Bikhchandani’s may be our classic modern fable—a norm-­defying childhood dream, a long and lone struggle, and then a leaping success. As a 12-year-old, when most boys dream of fighter jets or gladiatorial sport, Bikhchandani dreamt of ­becoming an ent­re­preneur. He navigated through the economics-plus-MBA route (his parents ­wanted him to become a doctor or engineer) and quit a well-paying corporate job while still in his 20s. Pursuing an independent business, he started Info Edge and ­Indmark, developing them while working out of a servant’s quarter, for which he paid his dad Rs. 800. One did surveys and the other was a database of trademarks; both aggregated valuable information.