Dad on banker son’s death: Sarvshreshth Gupta Essay
Published: June 4, 2015
Dad on banker son’s death: Sarvshreshth Gupta Essay, Details of the death of Sarvshreshth Gupta, 22, who worked as a tech/media/telecom analyst in Goldman Sachs’ San Francisco office, have yet to be revealed, but it’s now confirmed that the young graduate of Wharton Business School, who had attended the Delhi Public School in New Delhi, and got dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, was under tremendous work pressure, with little rest.
Gupta, who began working at Goldman in the fall of 2014, died in April. His father Sunil Gupta published an essay entitled “A Son Never Dies” on May 17th, a month after his death, reported Business Insider, giving insight into the extremely hectic life of a young banker, who seemed to have succumbed under relentless work pressure.
In the heartbreaking essay posted on Medium, Sunil Gupta writes about how his son was dealing with stress at work before his untimely death this spring. According to the excerpts originally reported by The New York Times, Sunil said that his son complained about the intense hours early on in his career, but claimed he could handle it.
… ‘Papa, I do not get enough sleep. I work twenty hours at a stretch.’ During certain weeks, he was working on weekends too. I protested. ‘Son you will ruin your health,’ I complained. He would say, ‘Come on Papa, I am young and strong. Investment banking is hard work.’
“From mid-January, he started complaining.’ This job is not for me. Too much work and too little time. I want to come back home.’
“As probably, any parent would react, we counselled him to keep going, as such difficult phases were inevitable in a high pressure new job. ‘Sonny, all are of your age, young and ambitious, keep going,’ I would say.
“In third week of March 2015, he submitted his resignation, without consulting us, and called us. My first sentence to him was, ‘ Sonny I did not want you to quit, but now since, you have done so, we are with you. Come back home’. He sounded sad and disturbed, ‘Papa, it will take some time to exit. HR will close in some time.’ I asked, ‘what you want to do now?’ ‘Well, I will rejuvenate myself, eat home cooked food, walk and go to gym, and finally work with and expand our school,’ he replied.”
Soon after, though, Gupta rejoined Goldman, and his troubles began soon again, despite counseling services at work.
Sunil writes: “Destiny was marking its time for the family. We had no clue that we were going to be hit by a tsunami, which would uproot our lives, never to be rooted again. By a quirk of fate, he was asked by his company, to reconsider his resignation and under pressure from me, he rejoined.
“Poor son, he re-joined and did his best to come to terms with hard, continuous work, no breaks, no sleep and no respite.
“April, 16, 2015, 3.10 pm, India time. That is,+ 12.30 hours, California time. He calls us and says, ‘it is too much. I have not slept for two days, have a client meeting tomorrow morning, have to complete a presentation, my VP is annoyed and I am working alone in my office.’
“I got furious. ‘Take fifteen days leave and come home’, I said. He quipped ‘they will not allow’. I said, ‘tell them to consider this as your resignation letter.’
“Finally, he agreed to complete his work in about an hour, go to his apartment which was half a mile from his office block and return in the morning.
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