Coffee & Conversations with Rahul Kishore: Week #6: Ashish Bagga

04 May,2015

By Rahul Kishore

 

Ashish Bagga is a difficult person to meet. Since he runs a large media corp as CEO of the India Today group, it’s very important for him to budget his time.After trailing him for almost two weeks, I had a cup of coffee with him. He always has been razor-sharp, with a keen sense of humour and rumour and laughs loudly. I began by asking him

 

Do you consider yourself lucky?

Indeed, I do! Luck has played a large role in my life but I have worked very hard to get where I am.

 

Beliefs that define you?

Behind every threat is an opportunity. While nothing succeeds like success, lessons arising out of failure are equally important. It is imperative to enjoy and learn from the journey of life! He lives by this and I think I agree with him

 

How do you destress?

By riding a Harley!

 

What’s your dream job?

Being the world’s top media honcho. Who knows he might get there

 

If there was a movie made on you who would you like to play you and why?

Aamir Khan. Because Aamir is an extremely talented and versatile actor and is at the top of his craft. Comes across as genuine, warm, approachable and humane. I relate very well to his value system and ideology.

 

Your fav CEO?

Richard Branson he says with a twinkle in his eye and a smile that hides something

 

If Bill Gates walked in and gave you a 100 million for one big idea. What would it be?

Contextual mobile commerce is the future and he has some ideas he would like to implement there

 

Your fav animal?

Bruno, our Golden Retriever

 

One word that describes you?

Go-getter…that he is!

 

Who would you like to be reborn as?

Marc Zuckerberg for what he has done.

 

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