Exec Speak: Joy Chakraborthy


Exec Speak: Interview with Joy Chakraborthy, Executive Vice President, network sales, Zee Telefilms

My day starts with

I am an early riser and am up by 5 am every morning. I am off to 'The Club' (a club in Mumbai's Andheri suburb which has facilities like a gym, squash, etc) for my workout at the gym. I make it a point to reach office by 9 am, so that I begin work early.

My fitness regime

I am an ex NDA and an ex airforce trainee pilot and therefore have always been into sports a lot. During my early years, I used to be a boxer and a football player. Nowadays it's either an hour of swimming or a combination of cardio and weights at the gym.

My diet mantra

I am a complete foodie, but I keep a check on what I eat and when I eat. When I am dining out, I love to try out Chinese, Japanese and Bengali food. Hilsa Paturi (a fish curry) and Golda Chingri (King prawns cooked with mustard paste, green chilies and yoghurt. Medium hot) are some of my most favourite Bengali dishes. I love to dine out at Oh! Calcutta in Tardeo, Mainland China in Andheri and Yokos in Andheri.

On traveling

I love to go hiking. I also take off to the hills over weekends. A long holiday happens once a year, during Christmas or New Year. I have traveled almost all over the world. Dubai remains my all-time favourite, as I can kill two birds with one stone. My brother and parents live there and it serves as a holiday place for me too.


I am a shopaholic. Also, I am a credit card shopper and that's even more dangerous as one gets the bill only at the end of the month. Whenever I travel, I have this strong urge to buy something. Since, I am an impulsive buyer, my wife worries, when I travel abroad. I don't believe in window shopping !

Perfumes and watches are my weakness. I am also very brand conscious. Polo Sport and Issey Miyake are two of my favourite brands. As far as clothes go, for formal work wear, I prefer Ralph Lauren & Lacoste Shirts & prefer tailor made pants.

On movies

I love watching movies. Catching Movies on weekends is often a family affair. Recently, I enjoyed watching Rang De Basanti, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara and Zinda. All three films were extremely entertaining and are worth a watch. I pray every morning after my bath, I am a Kali/ Durga Bhakt.

On music

I freak out on Eagles, Eric Clapton and Elton John. As far as Hindi music goes, I love Kishore Kumar.

On Gizmos and Gadgets

I can't call myself a gizmo freak. I don't even know all the applications of my Nokia Communicator mobile phone. I possess a DVD player, a laptop and an iPod.

My Favourite Car

I drive a Toyota Corolla but definitely aspire for a BMW.

Stress busters

I love to spend quality time with my family, as I do not enjoy partying. I love to head out to 'The Club' on weekends, where i can watch my kids playing. Being a family man, I prefer to spend my free time with my family. Also on Saturdays and Sundays I go out shopping for fish, fruits and vegetables which is an amazing stress buster for me.

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