“When you have a dream,” he explained with a smile that never seemed to leave his face, “you see opportunities everywhere.” That was Baldev Duggal in an interview with Chaker Khazaal (@) for a Huffington Post article. The legend of Mr. Duggal portrays the classic tale of an immigrant with big dreams who turned it into a reality.
Baldev Duggal would dream of moving to America and making more money than President Dwight. D. Eisenhower, who was making over $100,000 per year as he walked down the place of his birth, Jalandhar. With the help of his relatives, Mr. Duggal was able to arrive in the U.S. in 1957 with a one-way ticket, student visa, and $200. When he finally got to the states, he had to cut corners and make deals with neighborhood restaurant owners just to have 1-2 solid meals a day. “When I first arrived in New York,” he [Duggal] says, “I noticed that sometimes, when people used pay-phones, their coins would get stuck in the coin slot. So I went around shaking them. Sometimes I made enough that way to buy myself a 29 cent “early bird” breakfast the next day.” He reminisces fondly on those days – he wasn’t stooping, he was striving. These memories remind him where he came from.
Mr. Duggal was infatuated with photography since childhood when his grandfather gifted him with his first brownie camera. In fact, when he was only able to take one course at Colombia University due to financial constraints, he went with a course in color theory. He worked many jobs because he believed that “exploring is learning,” but he realized that in order for him to achieve his dream, he needs to have his own business. Luckily, he came across a New York print production company looking for free assistance in exchange for space. He used the office space to create “Duggal Color.”
The business grew quickly because of his reputation for quality. Not only was he amazing at what he did, he was an inventor and a visionary. In the 1980s, he saw the potential of technology to revolutionize the graphics industry and invested early in the new markets of digital imaging and electronic re-touching. Eventually, Duggal Color because Duggal Visual Solutions (DVS). DVS became a leading supplier of printing, digital imaging, multimedia, wide format graphics and graphic display services.
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He was an iconic dreamer who was filled with pride, optimism, and humanism (Khazaal). Baldev Duggal, thank you for teaching us to dream.
After achieving his dream of making more money than the president of the United States of America and gaining global recognition, he went on to dream of leaving a better world than the one he came into.
It may sound cliche but he meant it with all of his heart. Mr. Duggal founded Lumi•Solair in 2008, to foster innovation in the clean tech industry. He wants to help preserve the the planet for future generations so we can achieve our dreams like the way he did.