a boy next door who made good


India - Hindi
Narayana Murthy has always been perceived as a capitalist with a difference, a homegrown international icon, a boy next door who made good but has his comment on the National Anthem disappointed India?

“I don’t think we should over do this. He chose a wrong word, he is such a votary of the English language and I am surprised that he used a word like embarrassment. He should have said that it is difficult for them to sing it, perhaps then there would have been no controversy,” Ananthamurthy said.

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  • moo mouse

    Senior Member
    English UK
    A 'boy/girl next door' is someone we can all relate to, someone wholesome and likeable, a normal, good sort of person.

    '...who made good' - someone who has made good is someone who has been successful (and usually made a lot of money).

    'A capitalist with a difference' I imagine means that he is rich and powerful, but has a heart and is regarded fondly by most.


    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    ... a boy next door who made good ...

    This idea, not necessarily those words, is a cultural idiom.
    The boy next door = a normal kid, nothing special.
    ... who made good = who, by his own merits and efforts, became a success in something - business, sport, arts, music, ... ... ... I dare say even politics.

    The idea is that he came from a very conventional, normal, home background.

    I can't so easily understand capitalist with a difference, not knowing the individual concerned. But I guess that he has well-known characteristics that distinguish him from the stereotypical capitalist.
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