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Personality of the week: Sushil Handa

The Founder and managing director of Claris Lifesciences loves spending time with his family and relishes 'sarson ka saag 'and 'makki ki roti,' writes Gaurav Choudhary.

business Updated: Apr 21, 2007 17:00 IST

A cost accountant and an MBA, Handa,set out on his entrepreneurial journey at the young age of 23 as a management consultant, with a capital of Rs 40,000. Handa is a first generation entrepreneur and his peers and observers cadit him with driving one of the fastest corporate success stories of India- perhaps little wonder for a car racing enthusiast. In his personal life, Sushil enjoys spending time with his family, car racing, sports, history and adventure.

Family life means

Spending Quality time together. My sons have grown up and all of us are busy in our respective fields, so the time we get together is even more precious. We compete at sports, exchange notes or just relax in each other's company.

When not in office can be found at

Home. It is where the heart is. Or in some distant part of the globe on business.

Favorite authors

No names as such. But I like futuristic/visionary approaches, inspirational life stories.

Currently reading

Mavericksat Workby William C.Taylor & Polly La Barre.

Ideal holiday means

A beach or a mountain. Should provide for a lot of action but also serenity and peace.

Fitness mantra

Working out, fast walking, taking the stairs, swimming...

Turning point

My difficult days a few years back brought out the best in me. I came out a changed man with new power in every aspect of life.

Fashion quotient

I'm not ruled by what's in what's out, rather by my own sense of style - classic cuts and good fits. Having said that, my sons are my fashion barometer. I have now developed a fetish for sunglasses, watches and pens.

One cruise you would like to be on and why

Given a choice, I would have liked to sail with Christopher Columbus on his voyage in search of new lands. Therefore, one day I must have my own small little cruise.

Gourmet food means

Asli Punjabi khana. Sarson ka saag and makki ki roti. Or paneer parantha.

Business mantra

Think Big, Excellence, Persistence, Long-Term Orientation, Integrity, Excitement and Enjoyment.

Idols who inspired

My father and mother. Mahatma Gandhi. And a list of great people, including warriors, sportsmen, athletes and businessmen.

First Published: Apr 21, 2007 16:46 IST