Indian-origin CEO of Starbucks on his mother: 'I am who I am and where I am because of…' trend

Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan shared a heartwarming post on LinkedIn about his mother's impact on his life. He expressed that his mother's demise has left a “big void” in his life, but her memories and teachings are “alive inside him”.

Indian-origin CEO of Starbucks Laxman Narasimhan (left) and his mother Bhama (right).  (LinkedIn/Laxman Narasimhan)
Indian-origin CEO of Starbucks Laxman Narasimhan (left) and his mother Bhama (right). (LinkedIn/Laxman Narasimhan)

In a blog, the 56-year-old executive shared that his mother Bhama, despite being a Hindu, instilled in him faith in all religions. “He said no matter which path you choose, there are many paths that lead to God. No room for hatred. Narasimhan wrote, only room for love and kindness.

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He said his mother was a “lighthouse” for him.

Narasimhan said that despite losing two children and her husband at the age of 48, her mother remained the backbone of her family. She dedicated her life to children, working as a kindergarten teacher for many years. During his growing up years, Narasimhan's home in Mumbai and Pune was always filled with children who came to his mother for extra help, many of whom became his close friends.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, mother and son stayed together and made sweet memories. “I ran a company and did house cleaning. She cooked for me and we played Rummycub together and watched Indian TV serials.”

Narasimhan, previously CCO of PepsiCo, mentioned that his mother taught him to “always look on the bright side”. “She was the life of every party. She knew how to make people feel comfortable immediately. “He had more friends than us in the communities where we lived,” he added.

He also talked about the bond between his wife and mother: “My wife and mother had an incredible relationship right to the end. She loved my wife like her own daughter. My wife gave a lot over 27 years to take care of him till the end.”

The Starbucks CEO mentioned that he learned the meaning of “living a responsible life” from his mother. He added, “She came to live with us in 1997 and never left our side, helping us raise two wonderful children. She stood by him through thick and thin – as she had done for me – walking the streets of Bombay to various scholarship houses to collect the money she said she would give me for my studies in Philadelphia. Will give during. Our difficult financial situation did not prevent him from asking me to go to study—and he noticed that I had sold my car and one of the three paintings that my father had left to make a bet and move to America. .

She concluded her blog by saying that “Moms do incredible things,” and that it was her first Mother's Day without them.

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