Tell us about your new business.
It’s only been a few months since I decided to start something of my own, but if I’m honest, it’s already going well. My work is in the stainless steel market. My company manufactures, fabricates and supplies all types of stainless steel, and we deal primarily with industrial equipment. Being a relatively new firm, there is a lot of work in progress. From what I see, we will be set to make deals in another month or two (hopefully!). I’ve been busy with conferences and exhibitions to promote the firm, and I think I’ve done well so far for a rookie – at least that’s what my father’s told me!
He does something similar, doesn’t he? Did you get any tips from him?
Yes, dad’s work is very similar to what I do. He has taught me a lot of things, including changing my prankster’s mind to a more disciplined and focused setting. He taught me to take risks, to be courageous and stay focused on my goal, and to never give up without trying.
Was there any training involved?
Quite a lot! In fact, I’m still learning. When I was still in Hyderabad, I learned about the materials we deal with, the variety of chemical compositions, the quality and demands of the material, how to tackle your competitors, and much more. Then I moved to Mumbai to understand the imports and exports part of the field.
Tell us about your community service.
In 2010, when I was the chairperson of an NGO, 53 of us performed 437 community, public relations and management events in a year. We tied up with other NGOs for a cleanliness rally, at which then-Chief Minister K. Rosaiah was the chief guest. We provided education to 63 children and helped with the water supply to a government school. It was for those tasks that my work was recognised.
You’re also into sports.
I enjoy football, cricket, basketball, and a bit of table tennis. I played football for my school team, and we were quarterfinalists at the ESPN Junior Barclays Tournament, and finalists at the 2008 Sachdev Football Tournament. Right now, I’m a part of a Jain cricket team that plays fairly well.
Tell us about your bond with your family.
My family inspires and encourages me all the time. They have given me moral support when I’ve needed it, and stood by me through my highs and lows. To be honest, being with my family is just like spending time with friends. And especially with my mom – the two of us party like there’s no tomorrow! Even my dad has an awesome sense of humour, so it’s a lot of fun being with them. There are many times when my friends come hang out with my parents, too!
What else do you like to do?
Other than work, I’m a huge foodie. I relish new restaurants and good food. I enjoy travelling, and whether the trips are casual or otherwise, I make the most out of it to have as good a time as I can!
Any parting words?
In the words of Walt Disney, “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
..... as told to Anahita