For Sanjay Modi, managing director, Monster.com, taking out time for his family is something he’d never compromise on — irrespective of all the work related travelling and corporate pressures.
And even though work does keep him on the go mostly, weekends are kept aside for his wife, 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.
“As a family, we like travelling to places that aren’t too crowded. The backwaters of Kerala are a favourite — an ideal place to just laze about. If it’s the mountains, we love frequenting Leh, Kasauli or even Dharamshala,” he informs, adding, “Abroad, Dubai is one cosmopolitan city that has something for all of us. Be it the Formula One Park in Abu Dhabi or desert and camel safaris, a luxurious cruise or rounds of shopping — one doesn’t need a fixed agenda when there. Also, Malaysia is another place we are pretty fine tuned — culturally and food-wise. It’s fun going to Florida, with Orlando on one side and Miami on the other.”
However hectic his schedule, Sanjay’s priority is to take out time for the kids. “There’s no bigger stress-buster for me — my world revolves around my family. Also, walking my Labrador gives me a lot of time to think and introspect. I loosen up effortlessly when with them, who needs soothing music or a session of yoga?” he quips. And if there’s one thing that Sanjay does willingly for his family, that would be food tasting sessions — even though the thought of experimenting with food doesn’t quite excite him.
“I’m not much of a foodie — I’m quite a light eater — I eat to live. But my wife and kids love Italian, Chinese, Lebanese and Mexican cuisines, so I get to taste it all.
“Give me dal chawal and you’ve caught my attention,” he states.
Sanjay is a self-confessed book addict. “Reading is my passion — I always carry a book with me — be it spirituality, management, anything. Delhi by Khushwant Singh, Buddha Mind, Buddha Body, Nine lives by William Dalrymple, My Experiments With Truth by MK Gandhi and a Japanese book, Totto Chan gifted by my daughter are some of my favourites,” he lists.
If there’s one thing that the Modi family swear by, it would be films. “We catch up on all sorts of movies, two every weekend. I love watching all the Harry Potters and Lord Of The Rings with my kids— it’s a day out for them and me — complete with lunch and a drive. The last films I saw were Pakeezah, a classic oldie and the new Agneepath — Rishi Kapoor kept me spellbound,” states Sanjay.
“Today, the youth are constantly on the move in the job front, often not sure of what they really want,” feels Sanjay. “No matter what, pursue your calling — there will be fewer misfits if one is content. My wish list has a few seemingly strange wishes — in five years, I want to become a farmer. Also, I want to learn cooking and fishing,” he signs off.