Viren Rasquinha, a rising star in the field of Hockey was born on September 13, 1980 in Bandra, Mumbai. Bandra is called the queen of suburbs in Mumbai and it is his favorite place.
Viren did his schooling in St. Stanislaus High School Bandra and was 13th in SSC merit list Mumbai 1996. He attended MMK college, major in Commerce and economics and secured B.Com in 1st class in 2001.
His mother, Merlyn Rasquinha, MBBS, DCH, doctor by profession is working in Muncipal Coorporation. Father, Eric Rasquinha was working in Firestone, which later named as Modistone Tyres. Now retired and spends his time doing community service in Bandra Church. Viren has two elder brothers, Vinod and Pravin Rasquinha, both are engineers and pretty keen sports fans.
Viren currently works for Indian Oil Corporation as a Grade A Officer in HR Department since March 2002. He is posted in Delhi and spends much of his time there when he is not attached with the Indian Hockey Team.
Here is a brief interview with Viren:
Who is your role models and their impact in your life?
“My parents have really encouraged and supported me all the way and i really owe all my success to them.”
Who encouraged you and what was your reaction when you first got selected?
“I started playing hockey right from my school days. Enjoyed playing gully hockey in Bandra and never ever imagined that one day I would do the Indian colors. It is an amazing feeling and it gives me a great high.”
Games you have played so far, where, and when?
“Made my debut with the Junior India Hockey Team in August, 1999. Won my 1st major title - “THE JUNIOR WORLD CUP” in Hobart, Australia in 2001. Made my debut with the senior team in 2002, for the tour to Australia. Since then played over 50 international matches for the Indian team. This year was fantastic year as we won 4 tournaments in 1 year and besides, we beat Pakistan 3 times in a row for the debut 1st time in over 3 decades. Recently won the Asia cup in Malaysia in September for the 1st time ever and also the inaugural Afro Asian games in Hyderabad, India. Both the times we beat Pakistan in the final.”
Viren's message to our youth:
“My message to the Mangalorean youth would be... life is short; you got to give it your best shot.”
Mangalorean.Com is proud to present Viren Rasquinha as our Rising Star and wishes him good luck in all his future endeavors.
Submitted by: Queenie Mendonca