You can envy him his upbringing, and many do.
He went to Don Bosco School, Egmore, a school run by Salesians, which has produced film personalities YG Mahendra and actor Venkatesh, tennis champions Vijay and Anand Amritraj, chess wizard Viswanathan Anand and Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran.
It is in school that Karti became interested in sports, debating and elocution.
Tennis became and continues to be an abiding passion. He wanted to become a professional tennis player.
"Tennis was my primary ambition. If I could rewrite my life, I would give up everything to become a tennis player of great repute," he says. When his daughter Aditi Nalini (named after his mother) was wheeled out after her birth,
"I made her touch a can of Slazenger Wimbledon Tennis balls" he says in the superstitious hope that that first touch would inspire her to become a tennis player. "But alas she is not interested in tennis," he says, about Aditi at nine.
Later, Karti went to Austin, Texas, to study business management and then to Cambridge to read law.
"I particularly enjoyed Cambridge."
And Wimbledon? "Well, of course, Wimbledon too," he says.