e4mChillout: Havas Media CEO Anita Nayyar's weekends are a perfect mix of outings and me-time

Daughters, films, cooking, reading and more make Anita Nayyar’s weekends delightful

e4m by Naziya Alvi Rahman
Updated: Sep 16, 2017 8:31 AM

For Anita Nayyar, CEO of Havas Media, weekends are all about splurging on her two daughters, Asheen and Anchita. "I love to shop for my daughters," says the doting mother, who has played a key role in building the “Havas village" in India. Nayyar's weekend runs around spending precious time with family - her two daughters aged 28 and 19, her husband, her mother and mother-in-law. Nayyar, a bubbly Punjabi at heart, claims she is more than happy to be married to someone who is not from the maddening world of media. "Thankfully, my husband has a garment business," says Nayyar with a grin.


Constantly busy on weekdays, Nayyar has divided her weekend into two parts; Saturdays are all about shopping, movies and socialising but on Sundays, she simply stays home, no matter what.  "I don't even go for my routine five-kilometres walk on Sundays. I just have to be indoors on this one day.” Yes, you read it right, Nayyar walks five kilometres every day besides doing Yoga three to four times a week. On weekdays her day starts at 5am. 



Parallel to running Havas, the CEO has been running her kitchen for more than 25 years now. "I cook almost every day except when I am travelling. I pack my own dabba for office," she says.

Strongly connected to her Punjabi roots, her most loved dish is butter chicken with tomato sauce.  "I have a unique recipe, which my family loves.” 

Despite being not much of a foodie, Nayyar does like indulging in good food once in a while. A fun-filled, light Govinda-David Dhawan film is Nayyar's idea of chilling out on a Saturday after a hectic week. However, there are days when she prefers serious and meaningful cinema too. "I like entertaining cinema. I recently watched Bareilly Ki Barfi and just loved it," she adds. 



The top boss is also fond of reading fiction and particularly loves Indian literature. She has just finished reading Karan Johar's An Unsuitable Boy, which she loved. She is now reading a collection of Urdu stories translated in English. 

For holidays, Nayyar’s first choice is any Indian destination.  However, she mostly ends up going abroad to destinations selected by her daughters. 

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