Tyroo CRO's varied interests make for an adventurous life

Chillout: In conversation with Akshay Mathur, Chief Revenue Officer, Tyroo, on his weekends and various vacation moods

Apeksha Mishra 17-November-2018

While his job keeps him quite busy with numbers, revenue, partnerships and profits, Akshay Mathur, Chief Revenue Officer at Tyroo, sure knows how to have fun on weekends and plan holidays well in advance. This week on Chillout we at exchange4media caught up with him to find out how he loves to balance his holidays with staycations, some full of adventure, and a few cultural ones which involve peaceful strolls around the city he is in. A doting father, he makes sure to spend some quality time with his kids even on hectic days. On weekends, he likes to take them out to parks, malls and play areas. Mathur also talks to us about his passion for collecting some of the finest whiskeys in the world. He says, “Every time I visit a duty free store at the airport, i feel like a kid in a candy shop.”

 

Read along to know more about his idea of a perfect weekend:

 

On a typical weekend you will find me... Chilling with family, watching a movie or throwing a house party for friends.

 

 

My idea of relaxing is... Traveling without an agenda - visit a beach resort, relax in the pool, get into a spa, spend the evenings next to the sea sipping a couple of Budweiser's.

 

One vice I cannot do without... My addiction to the mobile. e-mails, reading blogs and work take up most of my time.

 

I love a Staycation/adventure... I love staycations for short trips and adventure holidays for longer and interesting places.

 

 

 

I confess, I am a... big fan of Bryan Adams, still.

 

I spend me-time on...  watching TV shows, movies and series. Give me a day alone at home and I can watch movies non-stop. I love the old rom-coms, action and classic comedy movies.

 

The last show I binge watched... GOT, Suits and the classics like Two and a Half Men, HIMYM, The 70's Show and Friends.

 

I can make a mean... Unfortunately I wouldn't survive too long on Maggi and Chai-Toast. That's all I know.

 

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year... I seriously want to learn to play the guitar this year.

 

My next vacation/adventure will be ... US, West Coast.

 

 

 

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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Travelling or prepping a meal & drinking wine, Founder of Pocket Aces' weekends are sorted

ChillOut: Ashwin Suresh, Founder of Pocket Aces when not travelling tells us about his weekends, how he spends his me-time, and his next adventure

Madhuwanti Saha 2 days ago

Chill out Ashwin Suresh

For Ashwin Suresh, Founder, Pocket Aces weekends are a cliché with a good eight to ten hour sleep, cooking up a tasty meal accompanied by a glass of wine and firing up shisha. But then it’s weekend. We can’t blame him. The man who gave us shows like ‘Little Things’ and ‘What the Folks’ occupies his mind with million thoughts. That’s where his books come to the rescue to clear his mind. Read on to know more about his idea of relaxation:

On a typical weekend you will find me...
When I'm not traveling, catching up on pending work, house chores, and mostly lazing around in front on the TV or laptop watching my favourite shows.

My idea of relaxing is...
Spending a day at home with my wife, sleeping for 8-10 hours, binge-watching shows, cooking a tasty meal accompanied by a glass of wine, and firing up our shisha. It doesn't get more clichéd.

One vice I cannot do without...
My cellphone. And a piece of chocolate after every meal!

I love a Staycation/adventure...
Getting out of the city to a scenic and quiet place, ideally to be on a beach or go on a wildlife safari.

I confess, I am a...
Phone addict and recovering workaholic.

I spend me-time on...
What I wish I did: read a book and clear my mind
What I actually do: watch a show and occupy my mind with a million thoughts

The last show I binge watched...
'The Vietnam War' and 'Bodyguard' on Netflix

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

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...
I've been wanting to learn a new language for a few years now. I also want to get a private pilot's license at some point. I doubt either will happen this year though. 

My next vacation/adventure will be ...
I'm traveling to Antarctica for a few days in January.

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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Road trips, dark chocolates, yoga, music... Hamdard CMO has much to do even on weekends

ChillOut: Mansoor Ali on his love for travel, meeting locals and making the meanest mutton curry

Dolly Mahayan 01-December-2018

mansoor ali

For Mansoor Ali, Chief Marketing Officer, Hamdard India, weekends are all about exploring less travelled locales. When travelling isn’t on the list, he spends most of his time listening to his favourite music list or reading a book. 

 

Read on to know more about his idea of a perfect weekend:

 

On a typical weekend you will find me…

               With a book, or with my bike on roads less travelled. Or with a select group of like minded people. ( If 'typical' means being in town)

My idea of relaxing is…

A trip to the Himalayas, with no agenda, no plan. No schedules or touristy itineraries. Walk, hike or drive around, build a fire and just feel the beauty around you.

 

 

One vice I cannot do without…

Bitter Chocolate, upwards of 85% cocoa.

 

I love a staycation/ adventure…

 

Admire new places, but not the tourist destinations. Feeling and absorbing the vibe, being with the locals, experiencing the food, colours and the myriad ways in which humans interact with each other.

 

 

I confess, I…

Have OCD! Many obsessions – cleanliness, pattern perfection, yoga.

 

I spend me-time on…

Listening to music. Every week it’s a different artiste/band that takes over, and we delve deep into the genre. Currently it’s the Velvet Underground. 

 

The last show I binge watched…

Breaking Bad. 

 

I can make a...

mean guy turn into a sweet angel with my mutton curry!

 

A skill/ hobby I want to learn this year :

 

(Get X-ray vision. Never been tried ….who knows !)

 

My next vacation/ adventure will be… 

 

Ladakh and Zanskar Valley are on the agenda, though not for the first time. 

 

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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Meet Anupam Bokey: Binge-watcher and family man

Chillout: Anupam Bokey, VP Marketing, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, speaks to exchange4media about his weekend routine, family time, and the last show he binged on...

exchange4media Staff 24-November-2018

Chillout

Anupam Bokey, VP-Marketing, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, is a binge-watcher. He cannot help himself from watching episode after episode of his favourite shows all night, he tells exchange4media, as he reveals how he unwinds at the end of a hectic week. 
 
Interestingly, Bokey also uses his down-time to read up on all the latest trends and developments in the world of branding and advertising. In addition to all this, Bokey is above all a family man. He loves to spend time with his daughters and is willing to do everything it takes to bond with them to make up for the time he spends away from them. 
 
Read along to know more about his idea of unwiding:
 
On a typical weekend you will find me...
With my family and indulging in activities that help me bond with them - be it shopping, watching a movie or grabbing dinner at a restaurant.   

My idea of relaxing is...
My job involves a lot of travel and I barely get time to be with my family, hence my ideal way of relaxing is spending quality time with my daughters.

One vice I cannot do without...
I do not have vices as such, but if binge-watching digital videos till wee hours is a vice, I’m totally guilty of it.

I love a staycation/adventure...
I am always game for adventure. I feel it is an indispensable tool to discover the world around you.  

I spend me-time on...
Understanding the ever-evolving branding and marketing ecosystem is not only a job requirement, but it is also a passion point. It is what drives me. Hence, I devote a lot of time on the internet learning about the latest branding and marketing innovations.

The last show I binge watched...
The last series I binge-watched was Inside Edge 1.  Sports is a passion point, especially cricket, and this viewing prompted me to associate with Inside Edge II.

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...
Learning how to play an instrument has been on my radar for a couple of years.And this year I would certainly try to take a fair shot at it. 

My next vacation/adventure will be ...
My daughter is in the 10th grade. Once all the pressure is over, I would like to head to the US or Europe with my family for a short getaway.

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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 10-November-2018

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 

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 03-November-2018

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.

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

shrenikGandhi

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.

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

nishant kashikar

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.

 

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 Staff 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!

 

 

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.

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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