1. Do you remember a time when you were happiest as a child? Where were you, who were you with and what were you doing?
4. What seemed like an inconsequential decision at the time, but in hindsight turned out to fundamentally reshape your life?
Back in my high school, I was chosen the Captain of the Hockey team – and I decided to play – not the forward ( “right in”) position as the Coach said – but the “centre half”- a person who could be the playmaker-advancing with the forwards when we were in the offence, and falling back to support the defence when required. We did make it to the regional finals – but the person who was chosen for the national level – was the ‘forward’ who featured in the scorecard – because of the number of goals scored.
Funny – when we look back – we grew up with values which were so different.
Respect elders. Don’t question. Do what we were told. Adjust to whatever we had. Be grateful! Somehow belonging and bonding was the most important feeling in my growing up days.
I knew I was good – at whatever I picked up – and applied myself to. But never ever was there any burning desire to hone the killer’s instinct. Playing and let others be happy was more important. I perhaps even underplayed – just to let some others-who wanted it badly – to win. Perhaps even embarrassed that I had more than I deserved. Well, it was only as we became adults, when we left school – were we aware of the opportunities and privileges in the ‘society’ were only there for a restricted few – and the sense of competition was essential for the survival of the fittest. Fortunately in the past 2-3 decades, as the industrial economy gave way to intellect/internet economy, I think the world has become a much more level playing ground. And I am happy – that I have been able to follow my passion – and help other people find their calling..and so life is no longer a zero-sum game..but a WIN-WIN!.
I knew I was good….. but never, ever was there any burning desire to hone the killer’s instinct.
6. What habit or behaviour or belief have you recently acquired? Why is it now in your life?
Going out of my comfort zone -is something that I have recently become more accustomed to. For a long time in life, I was quite happy doing things to the best of my ability -and content with the fact that, if need be -I can always stretch. And while I have been following my passion -and living a life that has enabled a whole lot of others do more with their lives- sometime I regret -that had I been more focussed on investing in myself more – I may have been able to create a bigger impact.
10. Name a well-known person you admire and explain why you hold them high esteem?
Rahul Dravid the Indian cricketer.
Classic test match player who adopted well to the faster game. A team player -would not only play up the order -but also wicket keep. A thorough gentleman -and seems like a fine coach who has inspired a lot of youngsters. No scandals despite the long public life. Fine grey matter. Could hold his own -despite prima donnas in the team.A class act on and off the field. Always.
12. If we were to go and speak to people who don't think very highly of you, what do you think they would say?
No fire in the belly. Content in building a lifestyle recruitment career when building a business was at the asking!
14. What personality trait has got you in the most trouble? What kind of trouble does it get you in?
Calling spade a spade. In a world where there is a bias, my lack of diplomacy often isnt an asset most people are comfortable with :)!
16. On what topic would you never make a joke?
Faith and religion
19. When was the last time you felt like an outsider in a group? What did you learn from the experience?
I always try to see the context of any problem. And so like to distinguish the message from the messenger. In a world, where social media often can polarise people -by the sheer mob mentality, I am often dismissed as a spineless person who has no stand on any specific issue!
23. What is the best purchase you’ve made recently? Why?
My One plus 7. Allows me to be independent. Companion always
25. Cheese or Chocolate? What kind?
29. Which fictional villain do you find yourself sympathising with most? Why?
Scar the villain in The Lion King. He was unfairly banished from his home and made to live in a literal graveyard, just because he’s the second.
30. If you could invite any 3 people - living or dead - to your final dinner party before the end of the world, who would they be and why?
For evangelising nonviolence, and trigger an entire nation to change -against all odds and might -especially influence in an age well before the internet!
Based on his ability to bounce back from being sacked by Apple, follow his heart, and change the way people now listen to music, learn, and interact.
A superstar in Indian films for constantly reinventing himself, first as an angry young man, then as superb character artiste, and continuing to stay in the limelight for 40+ years-when the world all-around -has seen several disruptions.