Ajay Srivastava initiated the thought of kayastha.com and registered
the domain kayastha.com
A serial entrepreneur, Ajay was a co-founder in two companies in USA, Resilient Corporation (www.resilient.com) and eKuber Ventures Inc. (www.ekuber.com). In mid-1990s, Ajay co-founded a company in India, Savitri International Pvt. Ltd., which owned the “ExploreIndia.com” venture and carried IFCI’s (Industrial Finance Corporation of India) mega
bond issue in 1997. Ajay was a Director with aBoston based investment bank leading the mergers & acquisitions and private equity practice. Ajay spent most of his previous years with the big-5 consulting firms, with PricewaterhouseCoopers, as Associate Partner, providing strategic consulting services to fortune 500 companies and with KPMG Consulting (now BearingPoint) where he was a Director for the East Coast Enterprise Consulting Practice.
Ajay has a Masters in Business Administration with concentration in finance and a Masters in Information Systems from theSmithBusinessSchool at theUniversity ofMaryland,College Park. He was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, American Financial Association and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. Ajay also holds a CPA, a CVA and a Black Belt in Lean-Six Sigma.
Ajay enjoys playing Tennis and Soccer. He is a native ofLucknow inIndia, was educated atU.P.SainikSchool and currently lives inNorthern Virginia.
About his Ancestors
Ajay’s lineage traces back to the past rulers of BILARI, DHANAURA (Dhanora) and MIRJAPUR (Merjapur) in Uttar Pradesh which combined formed one estate (Taluka or Zamindari) ruled by Raja Shankar Lal (born 1820 to Raja Uttam Chandra into the Srivastava kayastha family spanning the majority of Moradabad/Shahjahanpur area (Old name Katehr/Badaun) and belonged to the family of the jagirdars/talukdars who controlled a large tract of Western UP since year 1600- The family tree goes up to Raja Ram Gulam and Raja Gulab Rai from the time of Mugal emperors Akbar. This was the largest Kayastha Jagir in northernIndia. The family had relationships with other kayastha families such as that of the family of Raja Tikait Rai Wazir (Diwan) Nawab of Oude (Awadh). Bilari is a city and a municipal board inMoradabad district. Dhanora and Mirjapur are close by.
Rai Shiv Narain (born 1890) was grandson of Raja Shankar Lal and was married (1925) to Rajkumari Shanti Devi, great grand daughter of Raja Tikait Rai. He (Rai Shiv Narain) was the eldest son (out of three sons) of Rai Krishna Kumar (son of Raja Shankar Lal) and lived in Hussainpura (old name Bisrat), Shahjahanpur. The palace (now in ruins but still standing) touching the banks of river Khannaut was huge and spread over four (4) km square area. Next to the palace is thetemple ofKali in Bisrat (resting Place for sadhus). In order to bring the railway tracks to the area, the British government had to lay the tracks through the palace dividing it into two parts and breaking one of the sides.
Rai Shiv Narain was in teens when his father Rai Krishna Kumar died (1902). Rai Shiv Narain’s brother-in-laws (Rajkumari Shanti Devi’s brothers- Rai Ram Narain et al) were 1947 freedom fighters who participated and perished in the Kakori Kand with Ram Prasad Bismil nearLucknow. Rajkumari Shanti Devi was great grand daughter of Raja Tikait Rai, who’s family was displaced when British took over Awadh (Lucknow) during 1857 freedom struggle. Raja Tikait Rai’s great grand sons (Raja Jwala Prasad and his son Raja Ayodhya Prasad) sided with Bahu Begam and Nawab’s of Awadh during 1857 freedom struggle and lost their whole existence after British came back to power in 1857. Their palaces were destroyed and the whole family is scattered across UP and MP. There is not even single trace of a palace (home) of Raja Tikait Rai, who was at one time considered one of the most powerful ruler in Awadh and build seveal historical buildings standing today – Tikait Rai Shiv Mandir Bithoor, Imambara Lucknow, Hanuman Ghari Faizabad, Tikait Rai Talab, and Behta Bridge etc.
Relationship with Raja Tikait Rai of OUDH: Rai Shiv Narain was married to the great great grand daughter (Rajkumari Shanti Devi) of Raja Tikait Rai of Oudh Awadh. Shanti Devi was the daughter of Raja Jwala Prasad, grandson of Raja Ghamandi Lal, son of Raja Tikait Rai. The couple had a daughter named Savitri Srivastava, who was also the first female graduate (BA) from Shahjahanpur University and was marreid to Shri Vijay Singh Srivastava who’s family had migrated from Bihar due to British invasion in Bihar. Savitri’s had four sons (Kunwar Pradeep Srivastava, Kunwar Anup Srivastava, Kunwar Ajay Srivastava and Kunwar Rajeev Srivastava) and a daughter (Kumari Manju Srivastava).
Relationship with [KASGANJ] Taluka- The grand daughter of Raja Shankar Singh (son of Raja Dilsukh Rai Bahadur) of Kasganj, was married to Rai Hari Narayan, brother of Rai Shiv Narain. Additionally, Savitri Devi’s sister-in-law Shankuntala (sister of Shri Vijay Singh Srivastava) was married to the great grand son of Shankar Singh, Mr. Harish Chandra (grand son of Raja Mahadev Shankar). One of the son of Raja Mahadev Shankar was Shri Gyanendra Narain who was married into the Kayastha diwans of Jaipur. One of Gyanendra Narain brother-in-law from Jaipur was Dr. Baldev Bihari Srivastava.
Relationship to SANDI Jagir: in 1860, Sandi was ruled by Raja Kalka Prasad who was a grandson of Raja Tikait Rai. Shri Kalka Prasad had – Shri Chandi Prasad , Shri Shakti Prasad, Shri Braj Bahadur and Shri Jang Bahadur and two female children.
Relationship with the Rulers around Sitapur area – Great grand son of Raja Ram Gulam, Asha Ram’s son Laxami Ram had two sons- Lala Prasad and Devi Prasad. Davi Prasad had three sons- Jang Bahadur, Lal Bahadur and Himmat Bahadur. One of Devi Prasad’s grandson’s daughter (Himmat Bahadur’s daughter) was married to Sitapur Talukadari.
Some History of Family – After Aurangzeb, during the reign of Muhammed Shah , Girdhar, son of Daya Bahadur, was the subedar of Avadh . He was the nephew of Chhabila Ram , the Governor of Allahabad. Chhabila Ram was great grand son of Raja Gulab Rai and great great grandson of Raja Ram Gulam. After his uncle’s death Girdhar revolted and attempted to holdAllahabad for himself. He was later appointed Governor of Avadh . His wife founded “Rani Katra”, to the east of Daulatganj inLucknow.
Another side of family ruled parts aroundAgra – Kalka Sahai, was a great grand son of Raja Rewa Ram -one of the great grandsons of Raja Ram Gulam.