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Winning Stroke: Interview With Dilipkumar Khandelwal, Managing Director SAP Labs India And President SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud

In an informal interview, Dilipkumar Khandelwal, Managing Director SAP Labs India And President SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud opens up about his personal preferences, life and much more

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If not in the current profession, you would be?
Being from a business family, I would have been an entrepreneur.

One tune you always hum.
Chalte Chalte is one of my all-time favorites.

One book to read when you want to motivate yourselves.
Wings of Fire, the autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam.

One dialogue of a movie that motivates you or you like the most.
“The World is your Oyster, It’s up to you to find the Pearls” from The Pursuit of Happyness

The place you never been to and always want to go.
A cruise into the Arctic Circle to see the mesmerising Northern Lights

An animal that signifies you and why?
Elephant- because of its social behaviour and the strong bond with its herd.

A movie character you most resemble or resonate with?
Liam Neeson from Taken. I am very focused at the task at hand and have an ability to disconnect emotion with actions when required.

Choose one from each below:

Marvel or DC – Marvel
Batman or Superman - Superman
Tom or Jerry - Jerry
Chacha Chaudhary or Super Commando Dhruv – Chacha Chaudhary

If your life was to be turned into a movie who would you like to play your part?
I am a serious and intense person and so Al Pacino.

Luck or Hard Work, what do you think weighs more in defining a successful person? 
Combination of both – lots of hard work with toppings of luck.

One best decision you ever made? 
I come from a business family. Being the eldest of the siblings, it was a tough decision to exit my family business and work for the IT Industry. 

A strategy that you always use to take your decisions in personal or professional life. 
Find the right person to trust and trust their decisions.

Whose advise you seek when in dilemma? 
I have colleagues who I turn to for advice on work-related topics, but my mother continues to be my closest and most trusted advisor in life.

What has been your biggest achievement?
Yet to come. 

One thing that you want to change in yourself. 
I have a very tough work schedule which cuts into my personal time. I should give myself more time to sleep.

A line said by your close one that you never forget? 
My grandfather, being an astute businessman gave me 3 ingredients for success – Nazar, Jigar and Khabar [Foresight, Toughness of Character and Awareness]

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Jeet Sharma

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