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PNB Housing Finance MD Sanjay Gupta on his best moment at work

Gupta said he had to give up engineering because of health issues. He said his family is full of doctors and engineers and none knew commerce before he graduated in it.

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Last Updated: Jun 20, 2018, 07.28 AM IST
I got interested in balance sheet management of a housing finance company, said Gupta.
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Childhood’s Fondest Memory
Going for drives in the hills. Had opportunity to live in beautiful places like Nainital, when my father was a leading paediatrician in UP.

Dream Profession
Wanted to be a fighter pilot. Second choice was to be an architect. Neither of that happened.

Heart Break
Had to give up engineering because of my health. My family is full of doctors and engineers and none knew commerce before I graduated in it.

Best Moment at Work
When MD of HDFC, Deepak Satwalekar acknowledged my pointing out a mistake, particularly in a calculation. I was heading HDFC International in Dubai in 1998, I was all of 35 and nervous. Satwalekar also changed the way it was done. That was the first time India faced volatility in interest rates.

I am an automobile buff. I like to repair cars. I opened a garage with an old friend in Lucknow. My best time is spent repairing cars.

Strange but True
People may say that they are better informed due to Internet, but their knowledge is shallow.

Role Model
Lee Iacocca, the guy who turned around Chrysler Corporation.

Best Advice
When I entered senior school, my father said do anything except for bringing disgrace to family.

Outlandish Desire
I got interested in balance sheet management of a housing finance company. I promised myself that I will be a CEO of a housing finance company.

Guide to Youngsters
Be very observant. We learnt from trying out new things. We were not KRA or outcome-oriented. We observed others a lot.

Sad Moment
I was moved to Lucknow when six colleagues died in a car accident. I was the only person from that city in the office. Nasser took me out for lunch and told me about the transfer.

Favourite book
A book by Gurcharan Das — Difficulty of Being Good. It had a deep impression on my way of thinking. It shows how personalities manipulate situation to their benefit and a fair guy continues moving on the middle path.

Favourite Movies
I like war movies. Raid on Rommel is my favourite movie.

Favourite Sports
I like trekking. Kumaon is my favourite destination.

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