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Finance: blending figures with fun

When I was asked to profile a prominent performer in both these fields, I had some preconceived notions- that these would be quite serious people, writes Saurabh Turakhia.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2008 23:24 IST
Saurabh Turakhia

With the stock market going through crazy swings, finance, insurance and private equity were bound to be in the news.

When I was asked to profile a prominent performer in both these fields, I had some preconceived notions- that these would be quite serious people, caring little about entertainment and games.

But how wrong was I-Nikhil Kaushik, associate vice president with BTS Investment Advisors, turned out to be an entertainment freak and who loved to play scrabble. Samit Upadhyay, with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, too is an adventure biker and zooms to flirt with nature, whenever time permits.

On a serious note, I realised that the India growth story and its long-term strongly positive outlook is having a significant impact on both these sectors.

It was heartening to see two young achievers taking the India growth story forward with their qualifications and commitment to their respective fields.

While interviewing Nikhil Kaushik and Samit Upadhyay, I also came to know about the relevance of statistical models to projection of uncertain variables that ultimately help take big business decisions. It felt as if I was on a ride to witness how when young India decides to take its leap, the world takes notice.

Additionally, I also got to understand a lot about how private equity deals are struck and how important is insurance in India as the potential for growth is quite high. To know how models and techniques are applied to project mortality rates and other probabilities was quite interesting.

Despite working in high-pressure work environments, these two youngsters are able to strike a good work-life balance though it gets tough at times, as both of them admit. It was a nice introduction to an India where talent gets the right platform of opportunities to turn dreams into reality.