October 11, 2010
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 Footnote: More background details on many of the
key Real Intent people mentioned in this article are contained in subsequent footnotes associated with each individual.
 Footnote: Additional background on
Prakash Narain, co-founder, president & COO of Real Intent, Inc. Prakash was born in the city of
Lucknow in India to Murti Narain Roy and Rama Roy. Lucknow is the capital city and is situated in the geographic center of the state of
Uttar Pradesh, (shown here on the map in light yellow), located in the upper northeastern part of India:
Lucknow is often called the Constantinople of India, offering a unique combination of rich cultural traditions and brisk economic growth. Growing from a population of about 1.6 million as recent as 1981, it is now home to some 5,000,000 people, becoming the second largest city of north & central India after Delhi.
Prakash has two older sisters. His father and sister Sudha Rai are retired, and his other sister Neelina Sinha is a Professor at UC Davis.
Prakash went to elementary and middle school in Lucknow, and then attended the
Colvin Taluqdars College in Lucknow during his high school years. The school occupies a 60-acre campus built on the banks of the river Gomti.
Established in 1889, Colvin is one of the oldest public schools in India, and it has a strong reputation of producing academic results which are unparalleled in the history of secondary learning in India, providing a liberal education with no religious affiliations. The school’s motto is "noblesse oblige."
Lucknow also has an enduring reputation of being a sports-loving city, including among others cricket, football, badminton, golf and hockey.
Badminton across the world is not the tame and polite lawn game of occasional family picnics that some Americans might imagine. Rather, Badminton is a fast-paced, physically demanding activity that premiered as a full-medal Olympic sport at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Moreover, dozens of tournaments are routinely held all over the globe for both amateurs and professionals, including in the United States. Purses are very attractive in the professional Badminton ranks.
Indeed, Prakash Narain was so facile at badminton that he played badminton at both the state and college level, and he actually considered pursuing a career in the sport. As Prakash says now, perhaps with a tinge of regret, “My father’s advice in choosing between an academic path and badminton should be evident.”
Fortunately, Prakash Narain was equally adept academically. In fact, he qualified to attend one of India’s premier colleges in the district of Kanpur, also located in the state of Uttar Pradesh: the
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Kanpur). This institute was started in 1959. During the first ten years of its existence, IIT Kanpur benefited from the Kanpur Indo-American Program (KIAP), where a consortium of 9 US universities, namely M.I.T; University of California, Berkeley; California Institute of Technology; Princeton University; Carnegie Institute of Technology; University of Michigan; Ohio State University; Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University helped set up the research laboratories and academic programs.
Prakash attended IIT Kanpur from 1979 to 1984, earning a
Btech in Electrical Engineering in 1984. Moreover, on the badminton courts at IIT KANPUR Prakash met the woman (Roopa Rai) who became his spouse in 1984. Today, Prakash and Roopa have two sons, Manas Rai, a UC Berkeley graduate, and Gaurav Rai, now in high school.
After his BtechEE, Prakash’s first job from 1984 to 1986 was in the Indian capital city of
New Delhi, at Maruti Udyog, an Indian auto manufacturer. New Delhi is some 470 km northwest of Lucknow, about 7 hours away by automobile. New Delhi had a population of 14 million people in 2001, and has an average temperature of 86 degrees F throughout the year.
Soon enough, however, the siren call of advanced education overtook Prakash, and he came to the United States for his
Master’s Degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA in 1988:
… and then on to his
Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana in 1992, both advanced degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).
 Footnote: Additional background on
Rajiv Kumar, co-founder, COO, and Vice President of Engineering of Real Intent, Inc. Rajiv was born in the city of
, India in 1961, to Akhileshwer and Shakuntala Prasad. Rajiv’s father Akhileshwer was a bank manager.
Patna is the capital of the Indian state of Bihar and the second largest city in eastern India. Patna today is the fifth fastest growing city in all of India and is ranked high as a place to start a business. Patna also has a long history; it’s one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world and sits on the South Bank of the Ganges River. Patna is 525 km southeast of Lucknow, or over 8 hours away by automobile.
Rajiv is one of four boys in his family. His parents and two brothers still live in India and one brother lives in the US.
Rajiv went to elementary school at Sharada School in Bihar, and then to
Netarhat Vidyalaya, a residential school for his secondary education. (Netarhat is 325 km south of Patna and over 5 hours by automobile).
Rajiv was #1 on the entrance test to enter
Netarhat Vidyalaya school, and he graduated 3rd is his class in 1977. He specialized in debate and writing, winning numerous awards.
Rajiv then went to college at IIT in Kharagpur 1978-1983 on a National Talent Scholarship.
IIT Kharagpur was established to train scientists and engineers after India attained independence in 1947. It is of course located in Kharagpur, India in the state of West Bengal, and is SSE of Patna some 600 km and over 9 hours by car.
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