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This fintech boss loved working from the bedroom, but had to shift his office out

Bala Parthasarathy says with good humour that ‘there were snide comments about beds not getting made’.

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Last Updated: May 27, 2020, 09.59 AM IST
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Once the office and house chores are done, the fintech boss ensures some me-time to stay fit.
Bala Parthasarathy, CEO, MoneyTap, has been working like a nomad at his Bengaluru home — moving from one room to the other. “My work-from-home setup has moved through three rooms — the bedroom, the living room and finally, the home gym/media room,” he says.

And of all the places, Parthasarathy has enjoyed working in the bedroom the most. “It was the coolest but it was looking unprofessional,” he says, with a laugh. “After some snide comments about beds not getting made, I moved to the living room.”

But working there too had its share of hiccups. “Too many people were walking in and out, and my sitting on the couch became a free invitation for the family to start a conversation, even if I was in meetings,” he says. “So, I’ve now set up my home gym/media room with a desk and chair. This seems like the safest haven.”

While he loves having home-cooked food, Parthasarathy isn’t too keen on the unavoidable household chores. “I’ve worked out a formula to get it all done before the workday starts and not let it bleed into the day. Housework, I’ve realised, is endless and having OCD [like most startup founders] does not help.

Learning to live with the stains and not constantly trying to reinvent the best way to mop the floor is hard but necessary,” he says.

Once the office and house chores are done, the fintech boss ensures some me-time to stay fit. “I have borrowed some weights from my gym and have been trying to combine lifting and doing the elliptical while on Zoom calls, while staying out of the frame. Apart from that, yoga and meditation are my biggest sources of sanity these days,” he says.

Post-lockdown, Parthasarathy is looking forward to travelling but in the meantime, all he craves is a nice meal at a restaurant. “Without having to worry about doing the dishes after,” he says.

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