'I love ghazals and sufiana qawwalis': Ashutosh


My gym workouts

My day starts at about 6 am in the morning. I live at Andheri Lokhandwala (a suburb in Mumbai) and prefer going to the Sykes gym, which is nextdoors. After a few minutes on the treadmill, I also do a bit of weights. After my gym session, I am always in a rush to reach office, but, of course, after a wholesome breakfast. Sometimes, it's an omlette (minus the eggyolk), some olives, muesli, a glass of milk with honey or just fruits.

I am not really a food freak

Though, I am not a food freak but I like to dine out sometimes. I love Punjabi and Chinese food. Some of my favourite eating out spots are Mainland China in Andheri, Chinab in Navi Mumbai, and Urban Tadka in Versova

I love driving down to Lonavala

I've yet to visit a lot of places in India. On weekends, I love driving down to Lonavala and Panchgani. In fact, these are two places which I visit more than 20 times a year. It's a great experience driving down the Express Highway at a speed of 50 kms per hour, when you find everyone flying by you at a speed of 100 kms per hour. It seems you are strolling while others are running.

As far as travel abroad goes, I love Dubai, UK and US.

Shopping on Sundays

With our hectic schedules, going out with family happens just once a week mostly on a Sunday. I love the shopping experience at the various malls in the city. Apart fromhaving a good time, I can also buy my 8 year old daughter whatever she wants. My favourite brands are Provogue, Arrow and Louis Phillip. For sports shoes I stick to Adidas and Reebok.

I love music

Singer Kailash Kher, happens to be a good friend of mine. There were times when both of us used to go for long drives in his black Honda City, in the wee hrs of the night and sing aloud to our heart's content. Though, I could not sing as well as him but our choice of songs were quite similar. I love listening to ghazals, sufiana qawwalis, and instrumental music. As a kid, when my peers used to listen to western music, I related more to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Pather Panchali is my all time favourite movie

I am not too much into movies, but as a part of my profession I make it a point to watch at least 3 to 4 movies in a month. Some of my favourite films are Pather Panchali, Sholey,Black and The Sound of music. I don't really watch Hollywood films.

I haven't been to a temple in my whole life

I am not a very religious person. In fact, I haven't been to a temple in my whole life.

Gadgets & Gizmos

Not much into gizmos & gadgets but I love my laptop. I carry a Nokia communicator 9500.

A black Honda City for me

I love my Black Honda City. My dream car is a Hummer.

I don't like parties

I don't drink or smoke and therefore don't enjoy partying much. I somehow cannot associate myself to the party circuit. At times, it's only because of my profession that I end up socialising.

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