Born in 1945 in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu, Shiv Nadar was educated in Kumbakonam and Madurai before studying electrical and electronics engineering at a Coimbatore college. Nadar confronted the harsh realities and opportunities of small-town life before he saw his first big city, Chennai, as a 21-year-old. His story is both a reflection of the times he lived in as well as the future that he always dreamt of shaping.