Today, we at Dhaliwal Labs are looking ahead at next year with much joy and excitement. The journey, however, began more than 70 years ago, in 1941 in a small farming village in what was then India, and today is within the young carved out nation of Pakistan. Tehsel Singh Dhaliwal was born into a farming family with many brothers and sisters. They grew up working hard, harvesting sugar cane and wheat, and putting family at the core of their values. They faced numerous hardships though as they traveled from Pakistan to India during partition in 1947, and then again when the patriarch of the family, Tehsel’s father, passed away in 1954. At the young age of the 13, Tehsel and his older brother were now the men of the family. Given the way of the life during those years, the two young boys, had to become men overnight and fight to defend the family’s land. Within these struggles though, was a sense of joy and zest for life and laughter. This combined with family, allowed for a foundation of success.
As is common with Dhaliwals, they made it. The values of hard work and family never left Tehsel as he made the decision to head west to the United States of America in 1960. He spent the next decade working and putting himself through college. He had various jobs ranging from bus boy to engineer. He creatively perfected his English watching westerns (which he loves to this day); he succeeded in school and work by taking risks, and believing he could make it.
Over the next 30 years he had a family of five children and worked his way through every aspect of the manufacturing business. Tehsel has never lost his sense of play and dedication, which is evidenced by venturing to start his own business when most of his friends were looking at retirement. Clint Eastwood, at the age of 74, said during his Oscar acceptance speech for Million Dollar Baby, “I’m just a kid- I gotta a lotta stuff to do still.” Similarly, with Tehsel and the westerns that he loves, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!