'Experience is the most overrated virtue': Rahul Garg, CEO, Moglix
The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. It has its origins in a parlour game popularised by Marcel Proust, the French writer, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.
Rahul Garg, Founder and CEO, Moglix, is a tech enthusiast with extensive experience in Strategy, Product Management, and Operations in the technology industry. Prior to founding Moglix in April 2015, Rahul, who is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and of India School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad, was the Head of Advertising & Strategy at Google Asia. Rahul is also an investor having invested in more than seven start-up ventures that have a global presence. He holds 16 US patents in the domain of product management and technology. Here are his answers to our Proust questionnaire
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A vacation with family.
What is your greatest fear?
The fear of not being able to live up to responsibilities.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I can be pushy at times.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Laziness and not being innovative.
What is your greatest extravagance?
None. I am very frugal.
What is your current state of mind?
Excited and nervous.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
I don’t need to lie.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Nothing. Appearances are deceptive.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Qualities are independent of gender. I like men who are hardworking, fearless, candid and innovative.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I believe that qualities are independent of gender.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Responsibility, hard work and innovation.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would like to play an instrument.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A healthier lifestyle.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My admission into IIT Kanpur – it was very special for me.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Where would you most like to live?
Here, in India.
What is your most treasured possession?
A trusted circle of people – friends, my family, colleagues and mentors.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Losing someone who is close to you.
What is your favourite occupation?
To be an innovator.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Passion and innovation.
What do you most value in your friends?
Trustworthiness and simplicity.
Who are your favourite writers?
I enjoy reading only about technology – IEE, and research journals.
Who is your hero of fiction?
John Galt from Atlas Shrugged.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
What is it that you most dislike?
Who are your heroes in real life?
What is your favourite name?
What is your greatest regret?
No regrets. Carpe Diem!
How would you like to die?
With no guilt or burdens.
What is your favourite journey?
The on-going journey of my life and working towards making my company into a unicorn and beyond.
What is your motto?
Change the world using technology.
If the words of writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron who once said,"Writing is what I do... it is like breathing to me..." defined the goals of Ephron's life, it would be Asha's mantra too, as she lives to create word pictures of the people she meets. She believes that the best stories "must move the heart and feed the mind". When she is not working, she loves reading novels and listening to music.