"At 18, my father gave me an ultimatum," Kundra remembers with pride. "He said, 'Either you run our restaurant or you've got six months to prove that you can do something for yourself.'"
The teenager did not want to wash dishes for the rest of his life, so he went backpacking, with a credit limit of Euro 2,000 on his credit card.
His first destination was Dubai.
There he met jewellery and diamond traders.
From Dubai he flew to Nepal. "That's where I discovered pashmina shawls".
He bought about a hundred and went knocking on the doors of Christian Dior, Josephs, and other brands in England.
Britons were smitten.
Pashmina shawls became the rage.
Kundra had a turnover of Euro 20 million in the very first year, just from the shawls.
Image: Raj Kundra and Shilpa with star all-rounder Shane Watson and other Rajasthan Royals' team-member.
Image Courtesy: Raj Kundra