A Heart to Heart With Chairman Bobby Kalotee By: Komal Kapoor A political star on the rise, Chairman Bobby Kalotee granted me an interview in his office on Old Country Road in Hicksville, NY. In this interview I got the chance to learn a lot about what makes Bobby the man that he is. Below is an excerpt from my interview with Chairman Bobby Kalotee.
Komal Kapoor (IWUSA): Who do you trust the most?
Bobby Kalotee: First God, then my loved ones.
IWUSA: Who do you admire the most?
Bobby Kalotee: My wife and my friends.
IWUSA: What inspires you?
Bobby Kalotee: Challenges. Another source of inspiration is to help others to achieve what they cannot achieve on their own.
IWUSA: What is the key to your success?
Bobby Kalotee: Hard work.
IWUSA: What are your two favorite quotes?
Bobby Kumar: Michael Jordan once said, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. I’ve never been afraid to fail. I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” Mahatma Gandhi said “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
IWUSA: Where you see yourself 10 years from now?
Bobby Kalotee: By the grace of God if I am still alive I hope that I will be wiser and have more friends. I also want to continue to help others.
IWUSA: What is your favorite pastime?
Bobby Kalotee: Meeting and learning from people about the world.
IWUSA: What fascinates you the most?
Bobby Kalotee: People especially smart and good people. It is interesting to see how we all are born equally but separately by thoughts.
IWUSA: Who are some of your greatest political inspirations?
Bobby Kumar: I admire many of them, especially Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Regan, Sonia Gandhi, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Dr. Man Mohan Singh, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Bob Dole, Rudy Guliani, Senator Al Demato and President Barrack Obama.
IWUSA: What do you read the most?
Bobby Kalotee: Good Books, inspiring literature and books which provide vision and knowledge.
IWUSA: People often wonder how Bobby reached the top without a formal education. How did you do it?
Bobby Kalotee: With the blessings from almighty God, my late parents and the community, I have grown. I learn from all the people who I believe have something to teach me because they have been educated and have gotten far in life. I have been given the opportunity to meet many men and women who can and have taught me a lot. So I owe it to every person I have ever met. I feel very much humbled by the informal education I have received. Learning is a lifelong process and I am thankful to those who have taken out a few moments of their lives to share their knowledge with me.
IWUSA: What achievements do you look forward to in the coming years?
Bobby Kalotee: I am very happy with the present situation. I want to stay healthy and happy. I want to see my kids settle down and get married. As I mentioned earlier I want to serve the community to the best of my ability and as honestly as I can . With the grace of almighty I will have more wisdom and will be able to do good work, to make a difference in the lives of others, work for peace, prosperity, harmony and development