Things turned around for the Kundras when Bal Krishan started a grocery business and later bought post offices (this is possible in Britain) and drug stores.
Bal Krishan went from one business to the next. If he saw a recession coming in one product, he would hop onto the next thing. Growing up, the biggest influence on Kundra was his father.
An Indian coming to London without "a rupee in his pocket and without an educational background in business and yet turning himself into a successful middle-class businessman" was the best fairytale Kundra heard as a boy. An encouraging one, too.
Kundra says he did not have to look beyond his home for a role model.
Those who work under Kundra now speak of him, in turn, as a role model.
Kundra works round-the-clock, they say.
"The only way I can get better is by working when others are sleeping, much like him," says an employee.
Image Courtesy: Raj Kundra