The Independence Connection

What role do you play as senior business research analyst at Cognizant?
I prepare reports dealing with company and market competitor intelligence, with key company information along with a detailed swat analysis. We handle sectors such as technology, financial services, automotives, pharmaceuticals and energy. I’m also part of the employee engagement team that organises recreational activities such as outings, festival celebrations and sports tournaments. We aim for wholesome development of our employees by giving them a life other than work, right here at the office.
You hail from Kolkata. Why did you move to Hyderabad?
I have a lot of family in Hyderabad, so I’d been coming here for holiday since I was a kid. I came to town on one such trip three and a half years ago, when I was looking for a job. That’s when I began working with a local financial firm, with whom I stayed a year before moving to Cognizant. Even though my move to Hyderabad was never planned, I’m glad it happened anyway.
What’s this we hear about your love of golf?
I’ve been playing since I was 13. My parents are avid players, so my brother and I picked it up from them. I was never serious about it, though; it was always a hobby to me. I did play in and win a number of prestigious tournaments when I was in Kolkata, but I don’t get the time to play in Hyderabad.
How’s life in the City of Pearls been so far?
I’ve really enjoyed my stay. I so wanted to move out of Kolkata to forge a career, and Hyderabad gave me that chance. Luckily, I have a lot of close family and good friends who have made my stay memorable and enjoyable. I started my working career and gained independence in this city, so it’s even dearer to me.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m very outgoing and fun-loving, and while work keeps me very busy through the week, I enjoy getting out and about during the weekend. I love trying out new eateries, especially ones that serve my favourite Italian cuisine – I’m an absolute foodie. Sports are another passion, and I enjoy trying a number of them. We have table tennis facilities on our office campus, so I’m really into that at the moment. All in all, I’d say that I’m quite easy-going and patient.
How would you spend a million dollars?
I love travelling, though I haven’t had too many chances to travel since I started working. I would love to go to Europe, though, and explore every nook and corner of the continent.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I don’t think there’s such a thing as ‘perfect’, and happiness is relative. I’m happy when I go to Kolkata to find my parents waiting to welcome me. I’m happy when I’m with my friends, but also when I’m playing with my nephews. I try to find happiness in the little things, and that’s what makes those moments special.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
That would be my laziness. I’ve always believed that if I can’t reach something, I don’t need it.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
There are a few people I admire, but someone I really look up to is my uncle, Keerthi Shroff. He’s like a father to me; I’ve been living with him and my aunt for the last three and a half years. He’s a self-made man who’s come a long way by working very hard. Despite having achieved so much on his own, he is still very humble and down-to-earth. I think that’s what sets him apart.
Five things that are always in your handbag…
Lip balm, wallet, moisturiser, chocolate, and my phone.
What’s your approach to life?
I just take each day as it comes!            

..... as told to Niharika