I love whipping up cocktails for my guests: Mihir Desai, Co-Owner, The Bar Stock Exchange

By Asha Chowdary|18th May 2019
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
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Mihir Desai of Corum Hospitality who is behind the successful ventures such as The Big Bang Bar & Cafe in Mumbai and MasalaZone is also the man who introduced the revolutionary concept chain The Bar Stock Exchange. With an insight into the food and beverage industry and trends that work, Mihir has always been an entrepreneur ever since his college days. He completed a bartending course in London and has since returned to India to run some of the most popular resto-bars. Here are his answers to our Proust questionnaire...

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being healthy and spending time with my family.

What is your greatest fear?

I usually fear losing people whom I love.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My short memory.

Which living person do you most admire?

The Dalai Lama.

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What is your greatest extravagance?

I love to travel and buy watches.

What is your current state of mind?

Restless but over stimulated.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Not taking decisions when angry.

On what occasion do you lie?

I usually don’t, but sometimes I do to cut the conversation.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I am happy the way I am.

Which living person do you most despise?

I despise no-one.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Patience, aggression and aspiration.

What quality do you most like in a woman?


Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

 “I think”.

Who is the greatest love of your life?

My mother

Which talent would you most like to have?

I love playing cricket so I think becoming a professional cricketer.

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

I would like to get better at multi-tasking.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

To nurture a brand like TBSE.

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

A bird who can fly high.

Where would you most like to live?

Bandra, Mumbai where I stay now.

What is your most treasured possession?

My childhood friends.

What is your favourite occupation?

I love what I do. I also love to whip up cocktails for our guests.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Great optimism.

What do you most value in your friends?

Their reliability.

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Who is your hero of fiction?

All Marvel heroes.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My dad.

What is your favourite name?


What is it that you most dislike?

Food that does not taste good.

What is your greatest regret?

I have no regrets.

How would you like to die?

In my sleep.

What is your motto?

Be unstoppable and grow day by day. Embrace new developments and innovations.

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