Early life::R. Madhavan


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Early life Madhavan was born on 1 June 1970 in Jamshedpur, India, to a Tamil family. His father Ranganathan was a management executive in Tata Steel and his mother, Saroja was a manager in the Bank of India. His younger sister, Devika, is a software engineer settled in the United Kingdom.<ref name="family">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> He had a Tamil-speaking upbringing in Bihar.<ref name="tambrahm">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

In 1988, Madhavan gained a scholarship to represent India as a cultural ambassador from Rajaram College, Kolhapur and spent a year in Stettler, Alberta as a part of an exchange programme. He returned to Kolhapur and completed his education, graduating with a degree in electronics. During his college years, Madhavan became actively involved in extra-curricular military training and at 22, he was recognised as amongst the leading NCC Cadets in Maharashtra, allowing him to make a trip with seven others as NCC Cadets to England.<ref name="twm2015">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> As a result of this honour, he received training with the Royal Army, the Navy and the Air Force, which he had, at a point, considered joining.<ref name="cadet">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> However he was rejected from the opportunity, as he missed the age cut-off by six months. After he lost out on the place, he began teaching courses on public speaking and personality development skills in Kolhapur and the satisfaction he gained through teaching, prompted him to pursue a post-graduation in public speaking at Kishinchand Chellaram College in Mumbai. During the period, he also won the Indian Championship for Public Speaking and subsequently represented India at the Young Businessmen Conference in Tokyo, Japan in 1992.<ref name="speak">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> During his stint in Mumbai, he opted to create a portfolio and submit it to a modelling agency.<ref name="twm2015"/>

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