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The urgency and pressure on CxOs and tech leaders as they navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been immense. The coronavirus pandemic has been an epic test of character and determination for millions of people around the world, McKinsey says. In the business context, CEOs have had to cope with extraordinary demands: for them the pandemic has been an ultimate leadership test.

They have been constantly monitoring myriad ways to ensure that their respective companies stay on course in the “new normal.”

The incredible demands placed on these people makes us often wonder, how they have time for family, hobbies or any personal downtime. And let’s not forget that they are mere mortals.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories

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The Economic Times Cutting Chai Conversations/ChaiTalks with CxOs – a series of videos over tea as we converse about their lives, hobbies, interests and various other engaging topics.

The whole idea of this conversation is to get a sense of what CxOs of several prominent companies like to do when they are not in CxO-mode. The initiative is aimed to create a different and deeper connection with them. You get the idea.

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Cutting Chai Conversations

The leaders play a pivotal role in the wider organization. But to nurture that broader perspective they need to step outside their world and seek inspiration elsewhere – sometimes in unlikely places.

In our conversation we will explore the CxOs love for paintings, photography, people, books, music etc. along with their formative years, career and interesting insights into leadership and people management.

We will converse on each or one of their passions, some key turning points in their lives – personal and professional, their views on success, work life balance etc.

We will bring up topics that are likely to generate a connection with CxOs.

Where do they live? Where are they from? Where did they go to school? Hobbies? Lessons learnt in real life from movie/s? What do they do on a weekend? There are dozens of simple questions that will get people talking about something that interests them.

The key to such conversations will be to cover every critical aspect of these CxOs – from their Education to Grooming, Training, Business Sense, Skills Augmentation to Work-Life Balance.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Anand Narayanan, Chief Product Officer, Simplilearn

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Naveen Tahilyani, MD & CEO, TATA AIA

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rajesh Uppal, Sr. Executive Director (HR & IT), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Zuzar Tinwalla, COO, Standard Chartered Bank India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ganesh Ramachandran, Global CIO, Alkem Labrotories

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Bipradas Bandyopadhyay, CIO, Zuari Infraworld

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Anjani Kumar , CIO, Strides Pharma

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Subhashish Mazumdar

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Santanu Bhattacharya

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Hari Krishnan Nair

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with Mayuresh Purandare

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Anil Nama

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with Madhivanan Balakrishnan

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sharad Mehra

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ashish Vikram

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with Varadharaju Janardhanan

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vanamali R Sridharan

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sujan Roy

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sumeet Singh

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Nikita Zutshi

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Anil Kothuri & Ashish Sikka

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sanjaya Mariwala & Ashish Sikka

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Aman Kishore & Rohit Midha

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mrinal Chakraborty & Rohit Midha

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Amitava Saha & Ashish Sikka

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Prashant Parashar

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Puneet Kaur Kohli

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Srinivas Rao Kollipara

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ritesh Patel & Rohit Midha

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Shruti Kashyap

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Rajendra Bisht & Rohit Midha Part 02

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with Nandkishor Dhomne & Rohit Midha

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Abhishek Trigunait & Stephen Sequeira

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Anil Porter and Rohit Midha

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Anil Khatri & Stephan Sequeira

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vitthal Naik

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sandeep Agarwal

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rajeev Narayanan

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ashish Bajaj

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Aabhinna Suresh Khare

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Raman Krishnamoorthy

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vijaya Shanker

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sarath Kummamuru

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Anil Jain

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Arti Dhole

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Arti Dhole-CTO, Cosmos

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sumit DuttaGupta Group CIO & Head Information Systems, Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Saurabh Saxena, Site Leader & Vice President,Product Development, Intuit India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Prasanna Lohar, Head-DT, DCB

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sanjay Karnatak, Executive VP-Chief Technology & Digital Officer, Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company Limited

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ekhlaque Bari, EVP-CTO & Head of Analytics, Fullerton India Credit Company Ltd.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Pankaj Jain ‘PJ’, Managing Director, State Street

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ram (Ramaprasad) Subramaniam, Vice President-Global IT, Qualcomm

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Seema Gaur, Executive Director (IT), IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Co. Ltd.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Managing Director, Perfetti Van Melle India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Lakshmi Mukkavilli.Managing Director at Patra India BPO Services

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Priyabrata Sarangi, CIO, DCM Shriram Industries

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Manuj Desai, Global CIO, Sterlite Technologies

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Elizabeth Jacob, Ceo & Director,Athena BPO

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Gaurav Verma, CTO, Aasan Jobs/Waah Jobs ( an OLX company)

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Nikhil Anand, Senior Vice President, operations, NLB services

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vinod Sivarama Krishnan,CIO, Indus Towers

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Kapil Pal, Head of IT (CIO), UB

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Niladri Ray,Chief Technology Officer, Broadridge Financial Solutions (India)

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Umar Ali Shaikh,CEO & Country Cluster Head,Atos India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Akilur Rahman, CTO,Hitachi ABB Power Grids, India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Leslie Schultz, CMO,UST Global

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with Chellanamasivayam Murugiah,EVP & Head group IT ,Global Infrastructure, Capegemini India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Swamy Kocherlakota, EVP & Global CIO , S & P Global

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Hitesh Chaturvedi, Head – IT, Extramarks

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rohit Jain, CIO, Tavant

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Neeraj Agnihotri, Global Lead – Application Delivery, Mondelez International

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sharad Sadadekar, Senior Vice President & Head- Cybersecurity

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rajiv Sharaf, Head IT, Torrent power

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Prakash Kumar, Head IT, BMW Group India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rajiv Arora

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Avinash Velhal, CIO Growing Markets, Atos Global IT Solutions & Services

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Meghan Nandgaonkar, Deputy CIO, Global Delivery, Fujitsu

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vinay Khargonkar, VP Head – Corporate IT, Larsen & Toubro

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sourabh Chatterjee, President & Head IT, Web Sales & Travel, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mukesh Jain, CTIO & VP Insights & Data, Capgemini India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vinod Bhat, Chief information Officer, Vistara – Tata Sia Airlines

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Dr. Aloknath De, SVP & CTO,Samsung R & D

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mr. Naveen Gulati, CIO, Girnar Soft

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mr. Jayanta Ghosal, Director Finance, Advanced Auto Parts

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mr. Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabham, President Global Head of Finance, Olam International

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mr. Ashok B. Nayak, CIO, IPCA Laboratories

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mr. Suhail Ghai, EVP & CTO, Maxlife Insurance

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Milind Varerkar, General Manager & Head – IT, Saraswat Bank

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vilas Pujari, Global CIO, ACG

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ms. Janaka Pushpanathan, Director South India, British Council

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mr. Kersi Tavadia, CIO, BSE

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mr. Pankaj Vyas, Sr. Director – SGTC, Stryker

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mr. Ravi Damodaran, CTO, Greaves Cotton

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
M Prabhakar Rao, Associate Vice President, Natco Pharma – India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with Santadyuti Samanta, Chief – IT (TPDDL) & D & IT Cluster Head T & D, Tata Power

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Arun Attri, VP IT, Wondercement

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with Amandeep Bawa, General Manager IT, Panasonic India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with Manoranjan Kumar, Chief Information Officer,Shreecementltd9

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sourav Dasgupta, Head of IT Application, AllCargo Logistics

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vijay Gurumurthy,Director Enterprise – IT,Capgemini

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mukesh Rathi, Global CIO & CDO, Drreddysofficial

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
V Sendil Kumar, CTO, Shriram Capital

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ashraf Biran,Director-Chairman,Wellness Forever

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Khushru M Mistry,CIO & SVP,IT Eureka Forbes

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Satish Subramnia, Director IT,RRD

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sharad Goklani, CTO, AU Small Finance Bank

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sanjay Dhar, Director & Head – Engineering & Customer Center India,Elektrobit

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Navin Singhania, Director Digital & Technology, Pfizer

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Gaurav Kataria, Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO), Sai Life Sciences Ltd

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rajesh Kumar Kandregula, GM for IT Network, Communications and Security, GMR HIAL

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Dhaval Pandya, Corporate CIO, Piramal Enterprise

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Avadhut Parab, Global CIO, Wockhardt

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sanjay Prasad, Chief Information Officer, RPSG CESC Power Group

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Parminder Singh, CIO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Umesh Chandra Joshi, CTO/CPO, Education Initiatives

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sandeep Goel,Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations, Moglix

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Pramod Agarwal,VP and Regional CTO(IMEA), Automation Anywhere

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Charuchandra Kanade, Vice President – Corporate IT & Security, Qualys

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sandeep Kapoor, Head- IT Infrastructre, Smartworks

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Neeraj Singh, Co founder &CTO, Groww.in

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Naveen Agarwal Chief Technology Officer  Invenio Business Solutions

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Prashant Doreswamy,Country Head- Continental India & Managing Director, Continental Automotive India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ravi Peddhibhotla, Enterprise architect and chief digital officer, TVS electronics 

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Arvind Singhal, COO, Vedantu

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sathidevi S Raj, CIO, Randstadindia

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rahul Kathare, Global Head – Information Security, Governance, Risk, Compliance & Audit, ZS Associates

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Pramod Kumbhar, President & CTO, Praj Matrix – R & D Centre, Praj Industries

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Manav Jain, Chief Technology Officer, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sajan Paul, Managing Director & Country Manager, India & SAARC, Juniper Networks

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Yoginder Grewal, CTO, Hindustan COCA-COLA beverages

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vivek Zakarde, Vice President Technology, IIFL Group

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Jayanta Lahiri, Chief Information Officer, FirstSource Solutions

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vaibhav Joshi, Chief Digital Officer, Equitas Small Finance Bank

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Dipali Goenka, CEO & Joint MD, Welspun Group India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Daisy Chittilapilly, President, Cisco India & SAARC

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Venkataraman S V., Managing Director, ANZ

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
R.S. Sodhi, CEO & MD, Amul

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
R LOGANATHAN, DGM IT, Cavinkare

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Deepak Ramachandra Bhosale, General Manager – Systems, Asian Paints

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Abdullah Saleem, Group CIO, OMNI Hospitals

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Saurabh Odhyan, CTO – Consumer, FreshToHome Foods Private Ltd

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Varun Krishnakumar, VP, Products & Technology, Furlenco

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Akshay Munjal, Founder and CEO, HeroVired

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Anilkumar SG Kumar, CEO, Samunati 

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
 Dhruv Agarwala, Chief Executive Officer, REA India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Krishnaswami V.V, Vice President-IT, Aptus Value Housing Finance India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Madhusudan E, CEO, Kreditbee, Angel Investor, Co-founder, Fintech association for campus empowerment (Face)

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Srivatsan Iyer, CEO, Hero Future Energies

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Naseem Halder, CISO, Account General Insurance

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sandeep Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, Droom

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sumit Ranjan, CEO, Quassarian Innovations Pvt. Ltd.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rishabh Garg, CTO, U GRO Capital

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vikram Verma, Senior Vice President – Technology, CredAvenue

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Radhika Gupta, MD, CEO, Edelweiss Mutual Fund

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Dominic Vijay Kumar, VP & CTO, ART Housing Finance (India) Ltd.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vinod Aggarwal, MD, CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Arvind Sivaramakrishnan CHCIO, CIO, Apollo Hospitals

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Neilmani Sahu, Head – IT, JSW Paints

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Shalabh Saxena, MD & CEO, Bharat Financial Inclusion Limited 

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Dr. Om Manchanda, Managing Director, Dr.Lal PathLabs

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mohua Sengupta, Managing Director, Mashreq Bank Bangalore & Mashreq Remote Working Campuses – India, Egypt & Pakistan

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sachin Dutta, Chief Operating Officer, Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Jitendra Panchal, VP – IT, CDSL India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ratnesh Chandra, CTO, PUNJAB & SIND BANK

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ajay Vernekar, Chief Technology Officer, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Alok Khanna, Executive Director (IS & Strategic IS), Indian Oil Corporation Limited

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Arup Choudhury, CIO, Eveready Industries India Ltd

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Parna Ghosh, CIO, UNO Minda Group

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sandeep Sharma, SVP & MD, RealPage, Inc.

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Pravin Sharma, CTO, Union Bank of India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Jai Prakash Sharma, Executive Vice President – Technology Operations, Info Edge

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Piyush Mistry, Associate Director, JM Financial Ltd

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
 Satyaki Ghosh, CEO –  Domestic Textiles Grasim Industries, Aditya Birla Group

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sudhir Dasamantharao, Director Global Business Services & Chief Transformation Officer – APAC, Boston Scientific

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sumit Mitra, CEO, Tesco Business Services & Tesco Bengaluru

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vivek Gupta, EVP & Head, Engineering, CoinDCX

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Amit Sharma, Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Head Partnerships, Cytecare Cancer Hospitals

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Siddharth Gorecha, Head of Digital Transformation, Fourth Partner Energy

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Vijayaraman Subramanian, VP & MD, Verizon India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
ATUL KUMAR, GM IT, Canara Bank

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Amit Dixit, CTO, ZOLO 

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Mohit Malik, CTO, Chaayos

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Aditya Mony, CTO, Servify

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Animesh Sharma, CTO, Indifi

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Srivatsa Katta, Head of Engineering, Rapido

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rupak Barua, CEO, AMRI Hospitals

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
 Natraj Choudhury, Head Of Engineering, Zolve

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Nikhil Garg, Senior Vice President and Head IT, DMI Finance Private Limited

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rahul Chaudhary, Head – Technology and Product, GlobalBees

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Ramkumar Venkatesan, SVP of Engineering, Cashfree Payments

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Uday Kumar Hebbar, CEO, CreditAccess Grameen

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Rajat Yadav, CIO, CNH Industrial – India

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sudesh Puthran, CTO, CreditAccess Grameen

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Sanjeev Ravindranathan, Global Director – Operations, AB InBev GCC

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Suman Mishra, CEO, Mahindra Electric Mobility

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
 Acharya Balkrishna, Managing Director, Patanjali Ayurved Limited

The Economic Times Cutting Chai Stories with
Saurabh Chandra, Co-Founder and CTO, OneAssist

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