Food and business – these are the two words that come to my mind when I think about Neeraj; his two steady lovers. It isn’t an easy task to describe a man like him. I met him in 2007 at work. We were part of the same team. He had these hilarious code words like merger and acquisition for wedding/relationships, stock split for females who were expecting and god knows what. I was quite naive back then and it took lot of networking for me to understand what he actually meant. Another patent Neeraj Tiwari dialogue, “Maal laao.” That was his way of congratulating you for absolutely anything and everything :P His charming smile, his confidence, his sense of humour, that naughty streak makes him an instantly likeable personality. What I admire the most about him or the most striking quality in him is his fierce independence. He quit his job to tread into unknown waters of entrepreneurship. And he has succeeded big-time. He never gave up; the idea of giving up irks him the most.
In this exclusive interview, Neeraj Tiwari (http://dhirubhaism.com/) talks about his first crush, his love for food & business and a lot more.
- Give me a brief description about yourself.
I like travelling, reading books, writing and most importantly I love my dream, my business. Most of the time you can find me working; and yes like a typical Aquarian, I am an absent-minded genius (self appreciation :P).
The idea of exploring new places gives me a kick. In fact, my New Year’s Resolution is to visit/explore at least 7 places in 2013. Seven probably is not practical but I already have plans in place for four destinations (starting April).
My mantra in life is to never give up, keep walking. I firmly believe it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what counts is, you rise every time you fall. You give up in two conditions. One, when you are down and things are going against you and second when you find something better. But either way giving up is depressing. Once you decide to do something, just do it. Believe in yourself. Give your best.
Now, let’s talk about my love for food; I have a steady affair with it and our love is quite unconditional :P I can’t cook but I can eat a lot… And a lot more.
Call me crazy, but there are two things I just can’t live without – shoes and books. I have like 16 pairs of shoes and a collection of 190+ books. I feel one should read and walk all the time.
- What was the last film you saw?
Robot and Frank and The Dictator.
- What kind of music do you love the most?
The kind that expresses feelings and emotions, the kind that is engaging, bewitching and hypnotizing.
- Describe your Sundays.
On Sundays, I get more sleep. When I say more I mean I wake up around 8 am. It is the only day I actually get to be with my entire family and I love that. A regular Sunday ends with a good movie or work.
- What would be your dream holiday location and why?
Egypt and Rome… I like ancient monuments, structures and cities… An unexplored island is also on my list perfect holidays.
- What is your favorite book? What was the last book you read?
I have two – The 48 Law of Power and The Art of Seduction. The last one I read was – Every street is paved with Gold, by Kim Woo Choong, Founder Chairman Daewoo. I am currently reading The Black Flag.
- Tell me about your first crush.
This memory is very close to my heart and reminds me of someone. It is funny but I did not even know her name. I still don’t. I do have a vague memory of what she looked like. I wasted three years just looking at her in college. I had a big crush on her but I never said anything. She knew I liked her all those years but I was just too shy to talk to her. My bad.
- What’s a food treat for you? What foods do you detest?
Food treat? Get me anything from the south – idli, medu vada, dosa, uttapam with authentic coconut coriander chutney and sambar. I don’t enjoy non-vegetarian food anymore.
- Do you have a bucket list?
Yes, I do. One thing on the list is to own a Royal Enfield and get it modified from Rajputana Customs. I would love to share the rest but it is all a little crazy and scary. From the list, I have already accomplished four things. Hopefully, next four will be achieved in coming 5-7 years. Two will take time but if it happens I will be able to say I lived my life to the fullest.