When I watch movies, read books or listen to music, I look for some real intense emotions! Usually, fiction novels do the trick for me. Fiction books have that power… They have great characterization, gripping plot, and strong dose of emotions… That is one reason why I have never been a fan of non-fiction. Only a handful that I read had that spirit. But this non-fiction, that I am reading currently, has overwhelmed me, but in a positive way. #DongriToDubai, a gangster non-fiction, is not just another book. It offers some rarely-heard-of details of the Bombay underworld. It shocks you! It keeps you on the edge. The book chronicles the history of the Bombay mafia; in many instances it attempts to portray the human side of the notorious gangsters, leaving you in a state of perpetual wonder… In some situations, you almost feel it is okay to blame the situation than the person in question… A must-read, I say.
The year was 2007… It was a usual day at IRIS, my workplace. I was at my desk completely engrossed in my work. BAM! He entered the cubicle where I was working distracting me with his half/one-sided conversation in Gujarati with someone on the phone. An incurable Gujju money man, I thought. Yes, those were the first words that came to my mind when I saw Subra Sir (PV Subramanyam) for the very first time. I was right… Atleast about the incurable-money-man part :P
Fast-forward to the year 2013… Now we are having those phone conversations (in English mostly :P)… We discuss money, work, family life, work-out routine, food, sugar-addiction, travel, society, attitudes, blah, blah… The list seems endless right now. For all those conversations and so many more to come, thank you Sir.
In this exclusive tête-à-tête, the man who makes smart people richer (http://www.subramoney.com) talks about his first crush, sinful sugar cravings, health vs. wealth and a lot lot more. WARNING! Brace yourselves for some real funny bites because he is the ‘King of Sarcasm’. Also, ignore the part where he mentions future-kids-Gandhidham :P Not happening anytime SOON!
- If you had just one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
- When did your love affair with money start?
Must have been pretty early. My dad’s brother used to give me all his 50 paise coins (with Jawaharlal Nehru’s face on it). All that went into my piggy bank. By the time I was in Class 4, I had more than 1000 coins. I wish I’d known the magic of compounding back then!
- Being a hard-core cyclist, what is it that you love the most about cycling?
The cold refreshing air hitting your face at 5 a.m. on a winter morning!
- What is more important – health or wealth?
Ridiculous question. This is like asking a kid, “Who do you like more? Your mother or your father?” It’s a stupid question and should be banned forever.
- Describe your Sundays.
My Sundays are typically reserved for a long run or a long ride. That’s 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Then it is a lazy lunch…mostly at home, rarely trying to venture out.
- What would be your dream holiday location and why?
Ideally a place with some mountains for climbing and a beach – simple Goa, Chiplun, Kovalam types.
I would also love to go tiger watching (preferably alone).
- What is your favorite book? What was the last book you read?
No favorites. The last book I read was The Crisil Story; I did not like it at all.
- What is your food heaven and hell?
Anything healthy is heaven. I am trying to go vegan and reduce white sugar usage. Unsuccessful battle so far.
- Tell me about your first crush.
Orange crush! Mom must have made it for me… :P
- If you were a biscuit, which would you be?
Bourbon. It’s poison. Eat 200 at a time and you will die. Guaranteed.
- If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Vegetables, milk, water bottle for running, tons of daals, grains, etc.
- Do you have a bucket list?
Naa. If I want something, I get it. Nowadays the things I love are illegal, immoral or fattening. So I refuse to think about those things. But yes looking for loads of grandchildren, including two at Gandhidham ;)