e4mChillout: Adventure sports help me overcome my fears: Hiren Gada, Shemaroo

Water sports, camping, hiking, trekking... ardent traveller Gada has done all this and more; this year he completed Harishchandragad, Kalavantin, Lohagad and Kailash Manasarovar trek

Sonam Saini 19-May-2018

Shemaroo Entertainment CEO, Hiren Gada usually spend his weekends with friends, family and food. Gada describes himself as a foodie but one that doesn't like to cook! “The only thing I can do to save my life is to make Cuppa Noodles,” says Gada.  He also admits that he  loves exploring new places and cuisines. Read on to know more...

On a typical weekend you will find me... 
Weekends are usually with friends and spending time with family. My morning starts with an hour of yoga followed by entrepreneurs' meet for a knowledge sharing session. Our group is called “Saturday Success” where we have discussions on various topics and organise Ted talks, book reviews and more such activities. My evenings are kept for the family and all of us venture out for long drives. I am a big foodie so I love exploring new restaurants and different types of cuisines. 


My idea of relaxing is...

For me, relaxing is all about doing things that I love. Since I am a huge Bollywood movies buff, I have a set-up of iBox Media Centre where I like to relax by watching movies.

One vice I cannot do without...

Be it meetings, movies, dinners, the one thing I can’t stay away from is aerated drinks. 
I love a Staycation/adventure...

Adventure sports help me overcome my fears. I love going for camping, hiking and trekking on a regular basis and in this year I have completed Harishchandragad, Kalavantin, Lohagad and Kailash Manasarovar trek. One such trekking experience I truly enjoyed was a night trek to Naneghat. My love for nature is never-ending. From Mountains to beaches, I have explored it all. I always look out to experience something new when I am out on a holiday. I have tried all sorts of water sports too.



I confess, I am a...

A complete foodie. I love to explore new restaurants and different cuisines and don’t even wait for the weekend to explore something new when it comes to food.

I spend me-time on...

Being part of an industry where there are a lot of developments happening each day, I see to it that I keep myself abreast with everything that’s happening around the world. Hence, my me-time is usually spent on reading and gaining knowledge about insightful business stories.

The last show I binge watched...

River Dale

To save my life, I can make a mean ... 
Even though I am a complete foodie, I stay away from cooking. The only thing I can do to save my life is to make Cuppa Noodles.

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...

I really want to learn vocals this year.

My next vacation/adventure will be ...

Travelling is always on my mind and the next place which I wish to visit is the Valley of Flowers in Hemkund, Uttarakhand.



Principal Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Sonam reports on the broadcast media and Out of Home (OOH) industry. She has worked across television and cable industry, and in the past has written for travel and lifestyle magazines.

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A road trip with music is all that Radio One's Vineet Singh Hukmani needs to relax

ChillOut: On a typical weekend, one can find the MD & CEO watching a Hollywood movie with his family.

Madhuwanti Saha 4 days ago

Hukmani

Vineet Singh Hukmani, Managing Director & CEO, 94.3 Radio One India, believes that the combination of music and cars is a sacred one. No wonder then that a road trip is his perfect idea of relaxation. And not just listening to music, Hukmani also has a penchant for penning songs. He often spends his me-time writing lyrics. Read on to know more about Hukmani and his other passions.


On a typical weekend you will find me... 

Watching a Hollywood movie with my family. 

My idea of relaxing is...

A road trip with my favourite music or the gym to forget the world around me. The combination of music and cars is a sacred one for me. 

One vice I cannot do without... 

Chocolate is a vice I can never give up! 

I love a staycation/adventure... 

A beach with white sand and crystal clear blue water is all I need. 

I confess, I am a...

Rebel without a cause. A romantic without hope! 

I spend me-time on...

Writing songs that stir the soul

The last show I binge watched...

I don’t binge watch. I prefer being outdoors. If it is a screen, it has to be a large IMAX screen.

One day I wish to become a...

Rock music performer and hopefully earn from it! 

A skill/hobby I want to pursue this year...

Yoga

My next vacation/adventure will be ...

Paris or Costa Rica 

Senior Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Madhuwanti reports on marketing, OTT and radio with a focus on trends. Based in Mumbai, she has worked across lifestyle, culture, television and retail industry.

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Head-Brand Marketing, ixigo, has tried some of the most daring adventure sports

ChillOut: When at home, Shuchi Chawla also loves cooking healthy meals and catching up on her favourite sitcoms

Dolly Mahayan 1 week ago

shuchi

Shuchi Chawla, Head- Brand Marketing, ixigo, craves adventure when she is travelling. But when she happens to be home, she prefers to keep things slow and relaxed by spending time with family, cooking low carb meals on weekends. Lying on a beach with nothing but her e-reader for company, doing nothing, is her idea of bliss. She admits she never misses a chance to explore new places and cuisines. 

On a typical weekend you will find me...

At home, experimenting with cooking healthy low carb meals, reading and catching up on my favourite sitcoms and also spending time with my husband and family.

My idea of relaxing is...

Lying on a beach with my Kindle.

One vice I cannot do without... 

Desserts- cakes, ice creams, cheesecakes, I love them all.

skydive

I love a Staycation/adventure... 

Adventure. Scuba diving, sky diving, parasailing and off-roading. Bungee Jumping is next.

 I confess, I am a...

Travel junkie. Love exploring and learning about different cultures, history and cuisines. I like to trek and try some adventure sports as it is always an enriching experience.

I spend me-time on...

Long walks and music.

The last show I binge watched...

Shark Tank.

To save my life, I can make a mean...

Dark Chocolate Mousse.

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...

Baking.

My next vacation/adventure will be…

Japan. Would love to see cherry blossoms, and experience their food and culture.

Correspondent A post-graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dolly reports on advertising, marketing as well as the digital domain. In her free time, she loves travelling and reading.

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Shrenik Gandhi's de-stress mantra: Watching stand-up comedy shows & web series

Chillout: The CEO and Co- Founder of White Rivers Media is a foodie and loves long walks, unplanned vacations and music

Venkata Susmita Biswas 27-October-2018

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Shrenik Gandhi, CEO and Co- Founder, White Rivers Media, makes sure he goes completely ‘offline’ on weekends. Despite being addicted to his work, Gandhi believes in maintaining a work-life balance. Catching up on sleep, attending stand-up comedy shows and watching web series help him take a break from the stressful work life.

Read on to find out more about Gandhi and his weekend indulgences:

On a typical weekend you will find me... 
Catching up on sleep and going totally offline! Being in the digital space, you often end up working in real time, which means late working nights and early working mornings. Due to which, both are rare during mad weekdays.

My idea of relaxing is...
Stand-up comedy and theatre are my go to. I love attending gigs and watching comedy shows/web series online. They help me zone out of the stressful work life, chill a little and get a different perspective to life.

One vice I cannot do without... 
Junk food!! Can’t, just can’t, get away from it. Writing this while binging on a pack of chips. 

I love a staycation/adventure...  
A completely unplanned trip, with no planned destination or duration. I remember doing something like this on my last trip to Europe. We left Luzern without any agenda and returned at the end of the day with a plethora of memories and adventures. It was an amazing experience!

I confess, I am a... 
Mad foodie.

I spend me-time on... 
Long walks & music (music on, world off!)

The last show I binge watched...
Comicstaan on Amazon Prime

I can make a mean ... to save my life...
Maggi and a cuppa chai. I will survive, trust me :)

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year... 
Playing drums. Been on my bucket list for quite a few years now.

My next vacation/adventure will be ...
As mentioned, unplanned and thrilling, somewhere in Europe.

Principal Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Susmita is a digital marketing reporter at exchange4media. She writes on latest developments in the ever-changing world of digital media and in-depth stories on all things advertising.

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Country Manager, India & Gulf, Tourism Australia, loves cricket, music and siestas

ChillOut: Nishant Kashikar is a homebody and even in these digitally-filled days loves to savour shows one episode at a time

Sonam Saini 20-October-2018

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Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India & Gulf, Tourism Australia, likes to spend time at home with family, listening to music on weekends. You will often also find him playing a game of T20 cricket at one of the ovals in Mumbai. 

Read on to find out more about Kashikar and his weekend indulgences:

On a typical weekend you will find me...

Pursuing my hobby with my mates, playing a T20 cricket game at one of the ovals in Mumbai.

My idea of relaxing is...

Spending time at home with family, a siesta, and listening to music.

One vice I cannot do without...

Responding to emails, and keeping my inbox clean!

I love a Staycation/adventure...

A calm, peaceful and relaxing staycation, as there are enough adventures in our lives!

I confess, I am a...

Workaholic and a foodie.

I spend me-time on...

Taking a long walk or a jog.

The last show I binge watched...

I don’t believe in binge watching. One at a time, please.

I can make a mean...

Omelette.

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...

Staying fit, and improving my game.

 

Principal Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Sonam reports on the broadcast media and Out of Home (OOH) industry. She has worked across television and cable industry, and in the past has written for travel and lifestyle magazines.

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Deepak Dhar’s idea of relaxing is playing badminton with daughter

Chillout: On a typical weekend, you will find the Co- Founder and CEO of Banijay Group Asia Winding down and thinking of new ideas

exchange4media News Service 13-October-2018

DeepakDhar

Deepak Dhar, Co- Founder and CEO of Banijay Group Asia, obviously has very hectic schedules and long working hours on weekdays. But Dhar makes sure he spends his weekends winding down with family, something that helps him refresh for the next week.  He loves playing badminton with his daughter Anushka and is a self-confessed “hopeless cook”.  

Read on to find out more about Dhar and his weekend indulgences

On a typical weekend, you will find me...

Winding down and thinking of new ideas

My idea of relaxing is...

Playing squash with my partner or playing badminton with my daughter Anushka

One vice I cannot do without…

Collecting all different kinds of single malt from various airports. I am a single malt collector

I love a staycation/adventure…

I love staycations. The best staycation that I have had so far was in Austria in Innsbruck where I along with wife Neha and daughter Anushka did paragliding and white water rafting. We also went to Florence where we did the Gelato trail tasting and Vespa wine tasting.

I confess, I am a...

Hopeless cook

The last show I binge watched...

Sacred Games

I can make a mean ... to save my life...

As I said, I am a hopeless cook

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year

I would love to play the guitar

My next vacation/adventure will be
Alaska

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Umang Bedi is a health buff, voracious reader, golf player all rolled into one

Chillout: Long work hours do not deter Umang Bedi from living it up both on weekdays as well as weekends

Apeksha Mishra 06-October-2018

From the Managing Director at Intuit, India & Emerging markets at the age of 27, to the Managing Director, South Asia at Adobe, to CEO & MD, India & South Asia, Facebook to his entrepreneurial journey of leading Dailyhunt, Umang Bedi's hectic schedules have been unable to deter his resolute march towards a healthy lifestyle. While for many, crash diets are the quick-fix solutions when it’s about losing weight, Bedi believes that shedding extra pounds is primarily achieved through good sleep, a proper diet, regular exercise and strength training. In addition to the program LeanScience, a scientific approach to improve one’s health, Bedi's personal trainer turned his lean mission into an analytical science to measure and record all aspects of his health, helping him reduce from 140 kgs to 77 kgs today. Apart from taking his love for fitness to a whole new level, Bedi loves spending time playing golf with friends. His idea of leisure also includes cooking for family and unwinding with a good read.

To know more about his idea of a perfect weekend, despite the long hours at work, read on:

On a typical weekend you will find me... 

Cooking a meal for my family and catching up on my reading.

My idea of relaxing... 

Is a round of golf with friends. Nothing is as cathartic as spending time on the links with good company.

One vice I cannot do without... 

I am addicted to diet Coke! It is the one thing my fridge is always stocked with!

I love a Staycation/adventure... 

I love a bit of adventure and a lot of me-time. The place is not as important as the time spent with family.

 

 

I confess, I am a... 

Health buff. From counting calories to lifting weights to HIIT, I love working out!

 

I spend me-time on...

Lying on my couch, reading! I am a voracious reader and enjoy fiction as well as non fiction.

The last show I binge watched...

Game of Thrones. I love the ‘world building’. I think GRR Martin is a genius in the way he is able to create such wonderful characters you root for one moment and hate the next.  I think the show has managed to capture the soul of the books quite well.

I can make a mean...

Omelette. Friends and family swear by it!

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...

Nature fascinates me a lot and I would love to start trekking seriously.

My next vacation/adventure will be...

Jaguar spotting in the Amazon Rain-forest is on the bucket list!

 

 

Senior Correspondent, exchange4media, Delhi Apeksha reports on technology and the digital domain. She is a B.Tech graduate turned media professional with 6+ years of experience working in the broadcast industry as a business reporter, and has done social media marketing.

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Weekends for Sushil Matey are about reading, Bollywood movies and music

In his free time, Sushil Matey, Director-Marketing, Livpure, loves catching up with friends

Dolly Mahayan 29-September-2018

For Sushil Matey- Director- Marketing, Livpure, weekends mean taking a small break from the hectic work life and enjoying some me-time reading about human evolution to fulfill his fascination with spirituality and anthropology. He also loves being with friends, singing in his free time and unwinding to the voice of Kishore Kumar.

Read on to find out more about what his weekends are like:



On a typical weekend, you will find me...

Enjoying and engaging in conversations with friends. A typical weekend is spent at Mumbai Cricket Association Club’s Spin Bar.

My idea of relaxing is...

As a marketing person, my work schedule is always hectic and packed. I like spending time in the hills to relax and unwind.

One vice I cannot do without...

It is said that one should never share their vices in public. However, if I have to point out one, it shall be single malt, preferably Glenfiddich.

I love a staycation/adventure...

I believe that hill stations are the best places for relaxation and staycation. You get to see new people, new cultures, try out new delicacies and cuisines. And above all, you tend to make new memories of the places you have visited.



I confess, I am a...

I believe in spirituality, good vibes and a sense of belonging. However, I must confess I am an atheist.

I spend me-time on...

Like I said above, spirituality and anthropology fascinates me. I like to spend my me-time reading Stoics and human evolution. Eckhart Tolle is one of my favourite authors. Currently, I am reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

The last show I binge watched...

I generally prefer old Hollywood and Bollywood movies over shows. However, the last one which I binge-watched was Sacred Games on Netflix.

I can make a mean ... to save my life...

I make a mean cup of coffee.



A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...

I like singing in my free time and love to unwind and relax to the voice of Kishore Kumar. Being a music aficionado, I want to learn guitar this year.

My next vacation/adventure will be….

Sicily. Italy is the city where I envisage my next vacation to happen.

Correspondent A post-graduate from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dolly reports on advertising, marketing as well as the digital domain. In her free time, she loves travelling and reading.

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Prashant Puri's weekends are for family, badminton, late-night snacking

Chillout: AdLift CEO and Co-founder Prashant Puri strongly believes in maintaining a work-life balance

Apeksha Mishra 22-September-2018

For Prashant Puri, Co-founder and CEO of Adlift, the idea of a perfect weekend is to spend quality time with family with a game of squash or badminton thrown in. Keeping his entrepreneurial spirit alive, besides running AdLift, a digital marketing & advertising agency, Puri is also a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (EAB) at Columbia University, mentoring & working with young entrepreneurs to help them build successful enterprises. Despite being addicted to his work, he makes sure that he maintains a perfect work-life balance. Along with his interest in sports, Puri enjoys staycations wherein he spends time with his boys including helping them with homework to playing board games. Read to know more:

On a typical weekend you will find me... 

Surrounded by my family and friends. A swim, a game of squash or badminton keeps me occupied. Long weekends also mean road trips!

My idea of relaxing is… 

Friends and a fine single malt (or two)!

One vice I cannot do without...  

A late-night snack. Netflix goes best with a side of chips or chocolates!

I love a Staycation/adventure...  

A staycation. There’s so much I can do with my family at home, from homework with my boys (I’m not kidding!), to playing board-games, engaging in mindless dancing and watching movies.


I confess, I am a… 

Person addicted to work. I love what I do!

I spend me-time on… 

Playing badminton. 

The last show I binge watched... 

The Looming Tower on Amazon Prime. I always end up binge watching series that are based on true events.

I can make a mean... 

Bowl of Maggie Noodles. It’s my go-to comfort food!  

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year... 

I have always wanted to become a certified scuba diver. I plan to finish the final stages of the certification this year.


My next vacation/adventure will be...

A road trip to Spiti Valley in October. 

Senior Correspondent, exchange4media, Delhi Apeksha reports on technology and the digital domain. She is a B.Tech graduate turned media professional with 6+ years of experience working in the broadcast industry as a business reporter, and has done social media marketing.

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Rahul Vira spends weekends bonding with friends and cooking for family

The CEO of Skechers South Asia Pvt. Ltd is quite a foodie and loves trying different cuisines

Misbaah Mansuri 15-September-2018

Being the CEO of a big brand is no mean feat. A barrage of work, reams of calls, tons of emails and a plethora of tasks to complete. And so, weekends come as a respite from the gruelling work week, giving the much-needed dose of rest and recreation. For Rahul Vira, CEO, Skechers South Asia Pvt. Ltd, weekends are about sampling different cuisines, catch-up time with friends and more.  Read on...

On a typical weekend you will find me...
Cooking, chilling or meeting friends

My idea of relaxing is...
I’m a foodie. I love trying different cuisines. There is a new Brazilian restaurant in Mumbai. I’m planning to check out the vegetarian options it has in store for me.

One vice I cannot do without...
I don’t know if it’s a vice, but getting up early and going for running, walking or gyming.

I love staycation/adventure...
There was a time when I loved adventures, but now with kids and all, I opt for staycations. But given a chance to add in a little bit of adventure, I’ll definitely do that.

I confess, I am a...
Passionate person. I give my everything to any task that I take up.

I spend me-time on...
Whatever relaxes me; be it going to the garden with kids or catching up on a good movie.

The last show I binge watched...
Rocky Series

I can cook a mean... to save my life
Middle-eastern cuisine. My father once told me if you learn to cook, you’ll never have to starve or be dependent on anyone. From then on, I’ve inculcated this habit.

Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Misbaah reports on advertising industry. Based in Mumbai, she interviews industry leaders in the creative, advertising and marketing space, reports news updates in the ad space. She drives the ‘Chillout’ section, and regularly reviews ad campaigns. In the past she has reported on mainline news, travel and lifestyle.

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Weekends are about reading, family time & meeting friends: CEO, Sakal Media Group

Pradeep Dwivedi enjoys staycations where he loves eating at the local food joints, talking to residents and discovering sights that are off the regular tourist trail

Misbaah Mansuri 01-September-2018

From reading newspapers to his vast and ever growing collection of books without interruption, Pradeep Dwivedi, Chief Executive Officer, Sakal Media Group prefers weekends at home with his family. He is a self-proclaimed foodie across genres both domestic and exotic, and is especially partial to desserts. He wants to learn the subtle art of great cooking even if it is for one or two signature dishes. Read on to find out more about Dwivedi and his weekend life:

On a typical weekend you will find me...
Getting up early to make that special cup of tea for my wife. Reading over a dozen newspapers for content and not just scanning them for advertisements carried and missed. Catching up on sleep or friends and typically planning the week ahead. Occasional outings in the city with family or to my mum’s house at Chandigarh is also interspersed in this.

My idea of relaxing is...
Reading my vast and ever growing collection of books without interruption, though I must admit that it is not always easy to do so.

One vice I cannot do without...
Following US politics on TV/ Web/Apps and pretty much everywhere else



I love a Staycation/adventure...
I truly enjoy staycations where you allow the location to slowly soak in and be one with. I enjoy eating the local food at local joints, and talking to residents and discovering sights that are off the regular tourist trail. As a family, we typically do not like very rushed vacations in which you would pack too much, leaving little time to build memories for a lifetime.

I confess, I am a...
Foodie across genres both domestic and exotic. I plead guilty to being especially partial to desserts.

I spend me-time on...
Social networks, especially Twitter, following a lot of professional colleagues and personal friends. Engaging with the wide diversity of thought and opinions of people especially over a nice cup of coffee is more addictive stimulant, than any other alternate.

The last show I binge watched...
Here, I would like to join the crowd and shout out Sacred Games on NetFlix! While both actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saif Ali Khan acted superbly and it had great direction, my very dear friend, Kubbra Sait literally took the cake with her outstanding and pivotal performance. It was simply awesome!

I can make a mean ... to save my life...
Maggi Masala, I confess. For a foodie, I have been very recalcitrant in actually donning the apron. I guess that it is something I should take time out for, in the coming days.



A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...
The subtle art of great cooking, even if it is for one or two signature dishes. My superbly talented wife, Deepti, has spoilt me thoroughly with her culinary skills and perhaps it is time I return the favour, albeit in a limited way.

My next vacation/adventure will be...
As a family, we’ve been planning a long US vacation spanning both coasts, and meeting friends, family, and adventures undiscovered for some time now. This has so far not fructified with school and college calendar constraints of our two daughters gaining priority. Hopefully, we shall plan it in the coming year.

In immediate future, I have an IAA Global Conference coming up in Bucharest, Romania, a city/country I have never visited before, so it should be very interesting.

Correspondent, exchange4media, Mumbai Misbaah reports on advertising industry. Based in Mumbai, she interviews industry leaders in the creative, advertising and marketing space, reports news updates in the ad space. She drives the ‘Chillout’ section, and regularly reviews ad campaigns. In the past she has reported on mainline news, travel and lifestyle.

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