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I learnt to love what I did and stopped chasing what I loved: Titan MD

C K Venkataraman, MD of Titan Company, did fancy being a National Geographic photographer in a jungle, but that didn't last long.

C K Venkataraman, MD, Titan Company
Many leaders draw inspiration from global business figures such as Steve Jobs, Lee Iacocca or Warren Buffett. For Venkataraman, however, the top learnings came from four earlier Titan bosses | Illustration: Ajay Mohanty

You would expect most people to gain weight under lockdown, but C K Venkataraman, managing director of Titan Company, has in fact shed the kilos in the last one month — a good 7 kg, no less. “How did you do that?” I ask as we kick off our video call over coffee. He’s at the Titan office in Bengaluru, while I’m in Mumbai. A combination of intermittent fasting over four months and regular exercise is what did the trick, he says. He does miss the breakfast savouries like masala dosa, though, “but one gets used to it after a while,” he adds. I ...