(The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one's personality. It has its origins in a parlour game popularized by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.)
What is your greatest fear?
Not realising my full potential.
Lack of commitment.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I am not a materialistic person but I spend a lot of time thinking about and playing sports. There is not a single sport that I don’t play.
Excited about the possibilities in the near future.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Educational qualification over real life experience.
Only for a good cause and if it makes somebody happy.
Their ability to be silent warriors.
At work, we say this a lot – ‘Karo’. The other is ‘Done’.
When and where were you happiest?
The birth of my first child – experiencing the creation of life, the complications and intricacies of it – it is an unforgettable experience.
To read something once and absorb it fast.
Listen more to, and understand, the opposite side.
As a kid I was very scared of heights. My father enrolled me into a rock climbing club, where you climb rocks with a rope tied to your waist. For the first two or three days I was miserable, and I kept slipping and falling. But by the fourth day, I managed to climb to the top. That changed something. In that group of 55 kids, I was top of the class when we graduated.
Jawaharlal Nehru – just laying the foundation of the country, looking at how the world has evolved and make a much better India.
In isolation, amidst nature.
What is your most treasured possession?
My diary from when I was 6-7 years old. It is interesting to read the thoughts that I used to have at that time.
Reading books and listening to music.
I am very aggressive.
Just being myself, not being judged.
PG Woodhouse and Rabindranath Tagore.
I am not into fiction.
Subhash Chandra Bose.
Rafael Nadal and my father.
My daughters’ names – Tanisha and Alisha.
Lack of commitment.
What is your greatest regret?
Not having started up at an early age.
With some strong legacy, of an impact I created in the ecosystem.