'Don’t rest until good becomes better and better becomes best': Sandeep Pachpande, ASM Group of Institutes

The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. It has its origins in a parlour game popularised by Marcel Proust, the French essayist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature

Sandeep Pachpande, Chairman, ASM Group of Institutes, is an educationist who is also known for his roles as an angel investor, author, techno-preneur, mentor global keynote speaker and agriculturalist. ASM group has now grown to 15 institutions in seven campuses at Pune and Mumbai. Sandeep, who is an MBA graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, has also done a Senior Executive Leadership Program from Harvard Business School and authored many books. Here are his answers to our Proust questionnaire…

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

To see others happy.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Being moody.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?


Which living person do you most admire?

Ratan Tata.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travel and gadgets. 

What is your current state of mind?

Peaceful and balanced.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Humility and simplicity.

On what occasion do you lie?

I believe in the famous quote “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” 

What do you most dislike about your appearance?


Which living person do you most despise?

No-one that I can think of.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Honesty, fairness and a sense of humour.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

The same as above.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My family.

Which talent would you most like to have?

A photographic memory and being able to speed read.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would like to be more patient. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Having mentored thousands of young minds through education.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Steve Jobs.

Where would you most like to live?

Among my books.

What is your most treasured possession?

A pen from my Alma Mater.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

The loss of a loved one, and all the things you never said and never did.

What is your favourite occupation?

My current one.

What is your most marked characteristic?

To stay in a state of bliss.

What do you most value in your friends?


Who are your favourite writers?

Robin Sharma.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Spider Man.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?


Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents.

What is your favourite name?


What is it that you most dislike?

Digital distraction

What is your greatest regret?

Not spending more time with my late father.

How would you like to die?


What is your favourite journey?

The journey inside the heart.

What is your motto?

Good better best. Never let it rest. Until good becomes better and better becomes best!


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