Bobby K. Kalotee is the child of destiny. With no formal education, he ran away from home in Jalandhar, India, when he was 11. What followed was a simple struggle to learn how to survive in this hustling bustling world. “I did odd jobs from shoe shining to working as a busboy, waiter on the ship and restaurant. Each job taught me not only new skills, but also it given me knowledge to new paths for a better tomorrow, ” Kalotee, a successful businessman and political leader based in Hicksville, Long Island, New York, recounted his life’s story.
Bobby said it is very humbling to speak about this beautiful journey at this stage of my life. It is not a small achievement for a person, who landed in the US, without knowing a word in English four decades ago, to head a national political party in America and contest for lieutenant governor State of New York. He is a recipient of two doctorates degrees, one from the New York Institute of Technology Dr. of Science and second one from Spartan Health Science University in Saint Lucia Dr. of Philosophy. Mr. Kalotee was also a trustee board member and chair of two universities, Nassau University Medical Center and the Stony Brook University in New York.
Bobby is a Major in the New York State Guard, Division of Military and Naval Affairs and a General in the United States Disaster Relief Command.
Mr. Kalotee said all the odd jobs he did were as wonderful as being the chairman of the third largest national political party of America. “The most important to me, the job I appreciate the most is that of being a good friend, and a caring human being.”
At 60, he is contended in his life and he has no regrets, no dreams. “My needs are a bare minimum. I have no big dreams or any complaints. I am thankful for having good health, a loving family and the chances to help others as much as I can. What else one need? I have seen very rich people with no good health in body or mind. I don’t want to be one of them.”
He has been successful in several businesses including the sale of electronic voting machines, real estate, publishing, construction, environment and has even run an award winning micro brewery that produced 23 different kinds of beer, though he is a teetotaler all his life.
He authored two books in English, ‘Ireland Today’ and ‘India Today; in the 80s, with help of other friend while Bobby was learning about those both countries. His wife is Irish origin. He published a national business newspaper and was the first Indian to publish yellow pages three decades ago.
Though he has no formal education, yet successful, today he believes in the importance of formal education. His five children, three boys and two girls, are all highly educated and well placed. Both daughters studied environmental, especially water and temperature, which is affecting our nature. “If I had formal education, many things would have been smoother and easier. I am not complaining it is a fact and I believe it is the core responsibility of the society to give education to all for a better and peaceful world.”
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