I am a geek-ess in case you hadn't noticed and I am guided - more often than not - by the opinions and posts made by Ashish Panjabi. On both a professional and personal level, he is sensible, interesting, keen sense of humour (I have been at the receiving end of his jibes), biryani connoisseur. I have a lot of respect for a man that has worked hard (I remember him doing odd jobs - many moons ago - in the first ever Jacky's when he was put to work during his hols) and earned his stripes. He shows great respect for others in that he is never late, always open to new suggestions and opinions and happy to lend a hand if you need it. He also has wasta. And now so do I, I guess. (ducking under the ribbing this will get me on Twitter, especially).
I sent him my usual heroes questions and here are his answers. He had promised me a photo with tights and cape but sadly settled for a more sedate, businessy one.
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from little things in life that show us how the impossible can become possible. I’m a big picture person but in order to paint that big picture, you need to draw inspiration from all the little strokes on the canvas. That said, most of my inspiration moments have happened at times when I’ve least expected them so I don’t go out looking for inspiration, I know it’ll find me.
Who is your hero? Why?
I wouldn’t really single out and say I’ve got a single hero. There are various people you draw inspiration from in life, whether they be family members, friends, business personalities, athletes or historical characters. I think part of the reason I don’t single out anyone is because every person has their positive and negative qualities. It is for you to draw from them what you want.
If you had a choice of becoming one of your (all time - dead or alive; real or fiction) favourite character, who would it be and why?
Superman. Not that I look good in capes and a tight but just being able to fly and see things from a bird’s eye view would be nice.
When are you happiest?
I’m happiest when I’ve seen my kids accomplish something. Nothing makes you prouder than being a parent of a child who has tried their best and hasn’t given up.
What pisses you off most?
As a member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (www.eonetwork.org), we’re guided by certain values that the organization holds dearly. One of them is trust & respect. I hold this highly and find this to be one of the cornerstones of getting a relationship working. Don’t expect me to trust you or respect you if you can’t do the same for me. I treat most people I work with trust and respect. I get annoyed with my kids as well if I don’t hear a “please” or “thank you” mentioned, no matter who they’re speaking to.
Your most embarrassing moment
Walking into a meeting in a hotel conference room which I was not invited for. I had another event at the same hotel and for some reason, got diverted to the wrong room. I happened to know the people in the other room so proceeded to sit down with them. It was only about ten minutes later after a lot of small talk, that I realized I was in the wrong meeting and had to graciously exit.
Your most sublime one
The birth of my first daughter. Will never forget the feeling.
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Invest it in my kids’ education fund.
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