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    Abhijeet Mitra, CEO, Ebony Gautier

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    First job: Junior Sales Executive at Indian Communications Network Limited

    Enduring memory from early career days: Selling 90-plus English typewrites worth Rs 50,000 each in a challenging and Hindi-dominated state. I achieved the highest zonal sales. This means that irrespective of the market conditions, if you have the right mind set and the will to do it – you can!

    If not a retailer, what would you be: I am a retailer by choice; else I would have been in the food & beverages business

    Favorite business icon: , the CEO of Starbucks

    Favorite business philosophy: Success lies in the detail

    The company you admire the most: Starbucks

    Your most significant career achievement so far: My considerable achievements are turning around Ebony Gautier, building India’s first chain of art and crafts called Hobby Ideas and relaunching ‘Ceat Shoppe’ which was a 15-year-old brand at a time when organised retail was not prevalent in India

    Key learning in your career: Sell what you would buy for yourself and treat your consumer the way you would like to be treated

    If you were granted one wish for your industry, what would it be: Industry status

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    sign: Aquarius

    What do you like to do the most in your spare time: I am a fitness enthusiast. I enjoy fusion cooking and travelling. I am also a connoisseur of and single malt whisky

    Favourite book: Thoughts become things

    Favorite websites: Wikipedia

    Favourite movie: The Godfather

    Favourite song: Que Sera Sera

    Favourite movie icons: Marlon Brando

    Favourite shopping destination: USA

    Favourite holiday destination: New Zealand

    Favourite religious / political icon from history: Kabir

    Favourite food: Chinese

    Favourite season: Winters

    What do you like most in people: Honesty

    What do you dislike most in people: Lack of commitment

    Top three things you want to do at some point in life: Social work for the girl child; open an old-age home; and start a restaurant

    Your vision for the nation: A robust economy driven by 100 percent literacy rate

    Your idea of a life well lived: Happy and healthy life and doing good to others

    The thing you value most in life: A clean conscience

    What makes you smile: My daughter

    What makes you feel great about yourself: The ability to build successful and consistent businesses

    If you had to teach something, what would you teach: There is no shortcut to success