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Picture of the Day: When Sikh immigrants negotiate

"Neelam and Prab Sethi inspired their son Ramit, the author of “I Will Teach You to Be Rich,” to negotiate." (source: nytimes.com)

“Neelam and Prab Sethi inspired their son Ramit, the author of “I Will Teach You to Be Rich,” to negotiate.” (source: nytimes.com)

Growing up in the west, some Sikh youth (myself included) often observe and lament our parents’ habit of being tough, stubborn and thorough negotiators.  An article appearing today in the New York Times  profiles Neelam and Prab Sethi and the lessons they taught their son, Ramit (author of I Will Teach You to Be Rich) about negotiating:

And why was the teenage Ramit dragged along for all the negotiating sessions? “When we were growing up in India, big purchases were very rare,” said Mrs. Sethi, a teacher who moved to the United States in 1982. “You had saved up for it and talked about it for years, so you would take the family along. Then, you’d stop at the temple before you went home to say blessings for being able to buy something.”

Read the full article on the New York Times website. Ramit Sethi’s website, in which he offers his financial tips, is Iwillteachyoutoberich.com.

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