Every time we are able to get away over a weekend, we go to a forest reserve which is totally de-stressing. The only time when I am really in the ‘now’, is when I am in a forest. There is a sense of anticipation that you will suddenly see something
Often Visited Reserve
My favourite place is Tadoba
First Tiger Spotting
I saw a tiger for the first time in Kanha. I think I was about two-and-a-half-years old riding an elephant when we chanced upon a tiger. It is green in memory because I let my sandals drop.
The idea always was to get into the civil services like my father. I studied with that perspective in mind, but in the mid-80s banking just took off and a lot of my friends went into banking and suddenly it became a career option for me as well.
The Banker to Look Up to
Many have mentored me at different stages. The influential ones were Ajay Bimbhet, former MD CEO, Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance; SN Kapur and Ravi Singh; Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen, who were co-CEOs of Deutsche Bank. Of course, the stalwarts — Hemendra Kothari and Deepak Parekh.
Idol to Follow
My Father. I have never seen a person who was more inspiring, sheltering or forgiving. He believed in looking ahead and getting on with life rather than dwelling on the past despite being deeply impacted by the Partition. He personified simple living, high thinking.
Advice to Youngsters
Balance. I think what ultimately gets you into trouble is when the balance goes. Whether it is work-life balance or short- and long-term balance or personal or professional balance.
Passionate about cricket. I also know many Indian cricketers. Art is also something I enjoy. Deutsche Bank has one of the world’s largest collection of contemporary art and so if you work at the bank for as long as I have, you cannot help but get exposed to some really good art.
Many over a period of time. Kapil Dev was a favourite. Tendulkar, of course. Also Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.
If You Start All Over…
Honest to God, if I really had to start all over again, I would not change a thing. I have seen a lot of changes in banking, not necessarily always for the better. Things have got tougher sometimes institutionally and sometimes personally. At times, things could have gone better, but all I feel is a sense of gratitude.
Memories with Raghuram Rajan. We were next door neighbours for many years. We used to play tennis ball cricket every evening. One day he got me out and went on a celebratory run! This was at Moti Bagh in Delhi.