First job: Partner, Vishwa Printers, Mumbai
Enduring memory from early career days: Hard labour, dirtied my hands in printing press, developing packaging products for pharma and consumer industry
If not a retailer, what would you be: Would be running a chain of amusement parks
Favorite business icon: Richard Branson; CEO of Virgin Atlantic
Favorite business philosophy: Sabse Sasta Sabse Achcha, for what V Mart stands
The company you admire the most: Walmart and Apple
Your most significant career achievement so far: Managing more than 3,000 employees at V Mart Retail
Key learning in your career: Focus on your basics and be grounded
If you were granted one wish for your industry, what would it be: The retail sector should come together to bring happiness in the eyes of people and help remove the regional and class-based disparities.
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
What do you like to do the most in your spare time: Spending time with family
Favourite book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Favourite movie: The Godfather and Gladiator
Favourite song: Bad by Michael Jackson
Favourite movie icons: Aamir Khan
Favourite fashion brand: Armani
Favourite shopping destination: Bangkok
Favourite holiday destination: Innsbruck, Austria
Favourite political icon from history: Narendra Modi
Favourite food: Daal Chaawal
Favourite season: Winters
What do you like most in people: Simplicity and truthfulness
What do you dislike most in people: Lying
Top thing you want to do at some point in life: See that the earth is round and spend a whole month with my wife at a holiday destination.
Your vision for the nation: A country with minimal corruption and disharmony
Your idea of a life well lived: Remain grounded and stick to basics
The thing you value most in life: My family
What makes you smile: My children
What makes you feel great about yourself: My honesty and no-nonsense approach to life that makes me feel good.
If you had to teach something, what would you teach: Common sense; so many people need it but very few seem to know where to find it.