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Winning Stroke: Interview With Pradeep Gupta, Founder, Axis My India

In an interview, Pradeep Gupta, Founder, Axis My India opens up about his personal preferences, life and much more

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If not in the current profession, you would be?
An astronaut who could keenly gaze at every portion of planet earth.

One tune you always hum.
Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada 

One book to read when you want to motivate yourselves.
What You’re Really Meant to Do:  Robert S Kaplan

One dialogue of a movie that motivates you or you like the most.
Raste ki parwah karoonga toh manzil burah manjayegi from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai

The place you never been to and always want to go.
Darwin, Australia

An animal that signifies you & why?
Cow for usefulness and calm values

A movie character you most resemble or resonate with.
Shah Rukh Khan - Chak De! India 

Choose one from each below:
Marvel or DC:
Marvel, reality over fiction any day
Batman or Superman: Superman’s steadfastness
Tom or Jerry: Mostly Jerry with a little Tom when required
Chacha Chaudhary or Super Commando Dhruv: Chacha Chaudhary

Luck or Hard Work, what do you think weighs more in defining a successful person?
Determination with Focused Hard work.

One best decision you ever made?
Releasing a radically opposing Poll Trend in case of Bihar Elections was by far the riskiest decision against the most powerful entities.

A strategy that you always use to take your decisions in Personal or Professional life?
Create Value for all stakeholders, with a positive mindset and optimistic approach.

Whose advice do you seek when in dilemma?
Pearls of wisdom from my parents always remain with me in times of dilemma.

What has been your biggest achievement?
Education at Harvard, after 24 years of work and a patient wait.

One thing that you want to change in yourself?
Better ways to manage the nonsensical side of life.

A line said by your closed one that you never forget?
“Well Done Pradeep! You Did It Once Again”. I was complemented by Aroon Purie on pegging election after election with spot-on poll predictions. This was a moment of euphoria; given India Today was my very first employer. 

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Jeet Sharma

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