A story is told of how Vijay Eswaran paid his for his tertiary education while working as a cab driver. What makes it even more captivating is, he accomplished the feat twice in two different countries, braving the unpredictable clients and whether to get an education. One can imagine the culture shock that the young Vijay Eswaran encountered in the two distinct continents. This determination, the time has proven is not only limited to his academic ambitions, but he has also since cut his teeth in the business world earning a respectable reputation.
Vijay Eswaran was born on October 7, 1960, in Malaysia. The constant work requirements of his father in the Ministry of labor meant they constantly were on the move. This gave a young Vijay insight into the diversity of his country. Equally the professional backgrounds of his parents meant that he had relative access and exposure. His mother, for instance, was a teacher and founder of Malaysia Hindu Youth organization. Perhaps his social consciousness to the well-being of others can be traced to this.
Vijay would later graduate with a degree from the London School of Economics in Socio-Economics, paying his tuition-free while working as a taxi driver. Juggling work and school, meeting different people may have informed his tour of Europe after graduation perhaps to figure out what he wanted to do in life. It is reported that Vijay’s journey of self-discovery would result to him staying in a Franciscan monastery where he took a 33 vow of silence.
He would return back and immerse himself in academia by studying the binary system of marketing in London. This choice proved to be a smart move, considering the imminent dot.com bubble and the personal computer age that soon took over. It can be safely assumed that this knowledge had a role to play his e-commerce business.