What began as a childhood craze turned out to be a lifetime dream, which finally culminated in Malayali youth getting his dream job. Rajesh Kutti has loved cars always, even before he learnt his alphabets. As a young four year old he imagined himself behind the wheels of a Mercedes Benz and wanted to be a driver by profession.
Today his dream has come true only that instead of being just a driver, young Rajesh is now on the design team of some of the most luxurious cars in the world today. Rajesh is currently employed by Bentley Motors, UK and designs cars like Mulsanne, Continental GT or other such fancy cars. He is also one of the few people on this planet who is working on the design team of a train which will be used at London Olympics 2012.
An internship at TAFE was the turning point of Kutti’s career where he learnt about designing. Finally a degree from Coventry Institute in London has now seen Rajesh based in Crewe, UK where he is one of the few successful car designers from India. Treating the concept of car designing more as an art, Rajesh has a natural flair for that has been transferred into a lifetime profession. He sees the profession of car designing gaining ground in India as well, where more and more foreign cars are making an appearance.
When asked, would he mind moving to India, Mr Kutti said, “My heart is in India but my particular profession does not have many avenues in India where the concept of interior car designing has not matured enough. I miss home, the food and the culture that is uniquely Indian! The realization that the car market was primarily in the West prompted me to pursue my passion in London which is where the action was. The job I currently do is very challenging, competitive, involves immense team work and the personal and professional satisfaction is great.”
Any tips for youngsters in his profession, Mr Kutti excitedly adds, “You can never quantify design! If you are creative, it will show in the sketches and models that you make. Car designing is more of an art and an inherent flair for designing is perhaps more important than the requisite engineering degree.”