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No Airs Apparent

Aryaman Birla’s grassroots experience­s as a profession­al cricketer shaped his thought processes and have made him the inclusive, democratic superboss he is today

- By Jamal Shaikh Photos shot exclusivel­y for by Prabhat Shetty Styling by Toshia Kader

Two things strike you as you watch Aryaman Vikram Birla go through the paces of his first magazine cover shoot. One: he is oblivious of the eyes on him, possibly because of his time as a state level cricketer. And two: he has the affability (and smile) of a film star!

The 24-year-old son of Neerja and Kumar Mangalam Birla smiles whenever he spots someone new. We are at Jolie’s, Mumbai’s hip new members-only club, and Aryaman seems to know most staffers by name.

Has he always been this easygoing? And does he realise that many people look at him as their superboss-to-be?

“I’m certainly very inclusive at work. Each person I work with is important to what we do and to me. I’m also very democratic, so I like to get everyone’s opinion, then take an informed decision. I find that sometimes, it’s important to go out of your way and make

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“I’ve learned about setting ambition and being patient with your ambition. It’s very easy to not be ambitious, or if you are, to be too impatient.”

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