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85-year-old Sidney Pinto, a well-known name in the world of finance, has published his first novel ?Louis Puchhekanna: The Servant Boy from Mangalore?. The Novel was launched by Shobhaa De, noted author and columnist, at Oxford Bookstore in Churchgate. Sidney Pinto?s maiden title Louis Puchhekanna: the Servant Boy from Mangalore is a charming tale set in the first half of the twentieth century. The narrative not only captures the voice of the times and the region, but also reveals a slice of life with telling detail, quaint aspects of a kind of world that has since changed, but which perhaps still lingers in the corners of our memories. The book is published by Fortytwo Bookz Galaxy, an independent publishing company headquartered in Mumbai.
Shobha De and Kotak Mahindra Group's Co-Founder Sidney Pinto at the launch of his debut novel
Louis Puchhekanna is a decent hard-working young lad whose uncaring father places him as a servant in the Christo household after his mother?s death. The story follows how the members of the household respond to Louis, the deep relationships that he develops which encompass love and attraction, fear and loss, secrets, tragedies and finally exile, and a new life. In the process, as Louis grows from the boy in Mangalore to the man in Bombay, the book explores the stories of people whose paths intersect and whose lives are affected by the social framework of the world they live in.
Abouth The Author
SIDNEY PINTO was born on 02 September 1926 in Mangalore, the seventh child of Albert and Helen Pinto. He studied in St. Aloysius School till 1938 in the Kannada medium of instruction, and could not speak English until he entered high school at the age of thirteen. He then started learning in English with Hindi as the second language. After passing the intermediate exam he joined Loyola College Madras and obtained an M. A. in Economics. He moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1948 and did his L.L.B.
After a stint in the law profession he shifted to industry in 1956. He joined an industrial company run by British owners, and in 1962, the Indian subsidiary of Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd. (ICI). In 1968, he was the only recruit to the proposed merchant banking unit of Grindlays Bank, and became head of the unit in 1973. He left Grindlays in 1976 and set up a consultancy of his own.
On a visit to a friend he was introduced to a young businessman Uday Kotak (22 years) who obviously had studied his past career. In the middle of the road opposite the Secretariat, Kotak insisted on his joining him to form a new business which eventually became Kotak Mahindra Bank in 1985. Kotak was 25 and Pinto 59. In 2003 Pinto was obliged to resign because of a new rule of the Reserve Bank that no director of a bank should be more than 70 years old.
Pinto married Rosemary Albuquerque in 1957. She died in 2002. They had no children.