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DQ Channels - - Channel Pulse - ANUSHRUTI SINGH anushrutis@cy­ber­me­dia.co.in

Be­long to place: Jamshed­pur

Stud­ied at: Loy­ola School Jamshed­pur, IIT Kan­pur, Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity, USA Com­pany: Gaia Smart Cities

What is your ideal day: These days, I start my day with a 4am run of 10-20k or cy­cle ride 40-50K, or work on my start-up, Gaia. I spend one hour get­ting chil­dren ready for school and then work for the next 15 hours meet­ing cus­tomers, in­vestors, ur­ban plan­ners, govern­ment of­fi­cials and my team. Fam­ily time is thrown in when pos­si­ble.

What drives me the most: Hav­ing an im­pact in ev­ery­thing I do. What are the most im­por­tant three things in my life: My fam­ily, my health, my com­mit­ments. Fa­vorite gad­get: My DSLR Nikon D810 Cam­era Fa­vorite food: My moth­ers’ prawn curry.

Fa­vorite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion: No fa­vorite. Trav­elled to > 45 coun­tries. Try not to re­peat. Last des­ti­na­tion Dji­bouti in Africa. What are things I like to do alone: Play ac­cor­dion or sax­o­phone, read a book. Last book I read: Cu­ri­ous, by Ian Les­lie If I could elim­i­nate one thing from daily sched­ule, what would it be and why: those brief mo­ments of lazi­ness.

Which let­ter of the al­pha­bet de­scribes me best, how: I think X de­scribes me best. I try hav­ing the x-fac­tor in ev­ery­thing I do. X is also the most well bal­anced al­pha­bet. As my name Su­mit, means well-bal­anced, I live the mean­ing. X also means fo­cus and is also a meet­ing point for ideas.

Most mem­o­rable event: The day I fin­ished my first marathon (af­ter be­ing a couch potato for 36 years). Seven marathons later, it is now taken for granted. One thing I like to change in my­self: Stop do­ing too many things in par­al­lel. I never get tired of: Rein­vent­ing my­self

5 years down the line I would be: A se­rial en­tre­pre­neur with a port­fo­lio of in­vest­ments in dif­fer­ent ideas that solve prob­lems with ur­ban qual­ity of life. If not in IT in­dus­try, I would be: Ar­chi­tect and Ur­ban Plan­ner Ad­vice to bud­ding En­trepreneurs: Have tenac­ity in your ac­tions and de­velop cu­rios­ity to find the con­nec­tions of life.

What’s my motto in life: Live life on the edge and hav­ing the cu­rios­ity to find mean­ing and con­nec­tions in ev­ery­thing that hap­pens.

Dr. Su­mit D Chowd­hury, Founder & CEO, Gaia Smart Cities

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