From the Editor’s Desk Greetings and a warm welcome to the very first issue of our yearbook WE
We couldn’t be more excited to have made it to this point. Congratulations and thanks to each and every one of you for your commitment, hard work and great attitude. Please take some time to get to know the layout of our yearbook. You will notice five categories: A section on each employee, some fun facts, management section, team accomplishments and trending polls. So sit back, relax and enjoy as you browse through the yearbook!
One of the great perks of working in a publishing company (even better when you are the market leader) is that we are the first ones to know what’s happening across the globe. So be it the breaking news, trendy styles, celebrity lifestyle, sports or anything else under the sun – we triumph our peer set and everyone else. How do we do it? We do it through a dedicated team that is high on energy, always striving to be the best and believes in giving maximum output round the clock. That’s what inspired us to choose our mascot - MIA. In fact it was an easy choice since all one had to do was to look around TAS and get inspired. MIA @ TAS stands for a continuous process focused to reach the top through utmost dedication, ethics, respect, innovation and loads of fun. And by the way, MIA in Greek means One So here’s raising a toast to all of us for a wonderful year that we all can look back and be very proud of. Many more to come! With warmest thanks
TAS Day Working Committees Organizing Committee
POD Decoration (iSpace)
Sachin Chugh, Abhijeet Sharma, Vikas Kumar
Shreesha Murthy, Akshay Soora, Nabonita Layek
Karthick Balasubramanian, Rajani Sharma, Shruti Sali-
Birmy Nimal, Ragini Chopra, Shilpa Muduy,
math, Sonam Zangpo
Amith Vikram, Shalini Lakra
Nikesh Gabriel, Abhishek Soman, Devashish Banerjee,
Saurabh Dev, Sajid Rashiyani, Rimple Mohanty,
Jibitesh Mallick, Neha Nair
Tasneem Farroque, Mizanur Rahman, Naresh Yadav,
Radhika Changoiwalla, Varsha Khullar,
Kruthika Khatri, Vivek Agarwal, Nayana D Shetty
Aarnesh Karamchandani, Brian Carvalho, Krishna Chaitanya, Vartika Misra, Somya Sharma, Karthick Balasubramanian, Bhanu Shankar
f you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Without alphabets and numbers, what do you think the world would be? I would fulfill my long term desires – Make this a funny one. drink 3 bottles JD, jump down from UB City, stab myself about a hundred There would have never times (definitely in the eye) and been divorces or fights. maybe see how much my body can People would be just using stretch or twist! the necessary signs to communicate frustration and anger! If ever you meet an alien, what funny question would you ask him? Wow! I think your face is on the wrong end.
Which are the two best words that describes you?
I have a really big appetite. I can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together and have done it too with 5 minutes break between each.
Fun and lazy (The 2 are a very odd combination – but definitely go well while getting drunk!)
RUMIT PATEL Interviewed by Vincy Paul A
Has TAS really met all your expectations from the time you joined? I was hoping to sail in Indian Ocean but TAS sailed me in Pacific and Atlantic as well If your workplace was recreated on a reality TV show, what would the show be called? BIG BOSS – REFINED
If your workplace environment could be summed up by a single slogan on a t-shirt, what would the slogan be? BOW DOWN – “TAS”
Why do you think manhole are covered round?
What song best describes your workethic?
If it was square, we would have people taking their bikes inside to find a shortcut.
Umbrella by Rihanna If you could be anyone else in the office, who would it be? An EYE which can see ALL in a single SIGHT If you become the PM (Prime Minister of India), what would be the first thing you would do? REFORMS, REFORMS and REFORMS
SUBIN LUKE Interviewed by Sajid Rashiyani
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? I like this name Raee (it means mustard seeds). What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? I recently finished up reading Lord of flies, and found it really disturbing. If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be? Things I don’t want to do. If you could wave a magic wand, what in the world would you solve and why? Greed , because that is the genitor of all the crimes in the world.
What is the craziest thing that you have ever done? Bought a birthday gift for my college crush worth three months of my pocket money and did I mention that I stayed away from home… and no, we aren’t a couple!
Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
If given a chance to change the city, what would you do and why? I aspire to travel to different cities in the world in some day. Of what
Yes , every time I go for blood tests
I have heard and seen, I would definitely consider living in New York city – it is the perfect example of cosmopolitan potpourri, whose residents strive to innovate, be the best and adapt to changes and they still manage to have fun! If a stranger approaches you for a favor and assuming that he
“I aspire to be a motivational speaker , but then hate most of them”
doesn’t know any of your languages and vice versa, how would you help him?
I enjoy playing “dumb charades”!
Interviewed by Gyanadev Boxi
Which was the best moment in your life? My best moment was being selected for my current job at TAS – my first job! I’ve always wanted to work for the media/entertainment industry, a trait that I carry from being a Bombaite! Suppose you want to change your personality to somebody from the floor, who would it be and why? As clichéd this might sound, I admire my manager Sachit Thareja. He is a perfect embodiment of living a balanced life. His decisions are informed, his reactions measured and priorities straight. And still manages to “explain” his jokes!
Interviewed by Nayana Devdas Shetty
He can breathe when his tongue is out while touching his nose.
Interviewed by Upasana Banerjee
ow do you handle rejection? Speak to the person to understand the cause or reason.
Imagine that your best friend has come from abroad after many years and he/she has asked you to come and meet him/her. But you have so many important work in your office and your boss will not allow to leave. But you really want to meet. My first thought would be to take a sick leave ;)
If it is your last day in the world then whom do you want to see just before leaving the world and why? On my last day, I would like to see a person who can grant me an immortal life so that I can get it from him!!
hich is your happiest moment in life?
It was when I won Doubles Badminton Championship - Inter College 2006. I won the tournament and was awarded as best player of the tournament.
If given a chance, with which personality would you like to exchange your life & why? Ratan Tata. Because of his principles, decision making skills and his ability to learn from mistakes.
Which one will you choose, taking 1 Million USD or becoming a Hollywood Superstar? 1 Million USD - because I am not sure that I would be able to keep up the stardom.
Ajay K iran
In your last day in the world what will be your last wish? If my wish is got be made true I would wish for ‘let this day not be my last day! And my last day should never come and my life should be full of happiness ’ Immortal & Happy AK!!
If you are given a chance to live life reverse, which part would you like to skip? The job search which I had to do in Bangalore in year 2007.
If you have to spend entire night at cemetery, what will you do? Actually did it, during college days! I would sit with 2-3 bottles of whiskey and drink whole night. :)
If someone makes you the king of the world for one day then what will you want to change about the world? I will pass an ordinate which is in effect since then, it should contain ‘No one should be ever treated as king! None of the savings would be inherited (like Money, land, house)! And everyone should work to earn their livelihood (aged and children are exempted). Looks funny right?
Interviewed by Pragyanshu Labh
Sleep - I miss sleeping, especially if the extended hour is between 8 to 9 then nothing like it If you could do any job in the world for a day, what would it be?
If you had a 25-hour day, while everyone else still had 24, what would you do with the extra time?
Lead the Indian cricket team in 2011 world cup If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? Why? Future as I already know about the past from books, would like to go 20 years ahead and see how my life is then What’s your favorite thing to do in a vacation? Lie down on the beach, have beer and read some book What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know? I am a very good singer If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be? Why? Beer, because it always get over in my fridge
Interviewed by Neetu Gupta
Interviewed by Shilini Lakra
What are some things that would really make you happy? A trip to the mountains, having some really good food there, mindless wanderings and ending the day with a good book. Would you wear a rainbow jacket? A neon colored sweater? Checkered pants? Why? I would prefer the neon sweater – Simply because I can get out of it, when I want and it is a single color. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to remain a kid and dream – almost about anything. Daydreaming is still a favorite hobby of mine! If you were a type of animal, what would you be and why? The Camel. It can walk across the most difficult landscape and can endure!!! What's one of the strangest thing you've ever done? I have spent a night alone in a local graveyard… are you terrified ?
“I have a fetish for new notebooks in which I don’t write anything. At one time I owned close to a 100, which my wife distributed and cleared shelf space.”
Interviewed by Vinod Kannan
If you could wave a magic wand, what would you like to change or solve in the world and why? I would like to remove all poverty from the world as that is the reason behind most problems.
What is on your Bedside table? My Photos and Swami Vivekanada pictures
Mention one instance that made your parents proud of you?
When was the last time you lost your temper? What was the situation and why do you think this affects you so? I lose it every now and then :)
I cleared my family's. Also, I gifted a car to my dad soon after I got a Job.
What is the most dangerous thing you have done? I have stolen money from home while being a student in College.
If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet what would you want?
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What are your hobbies? I am fond of Trekking - I have gone trekking to some dangerous places in the Himalayas! And also travelling, will be travelling to Australia very soon.
What are the first three things youâ€™d do on your first day at work here? Meet, eat and greet.
Who is your favorite sports personality? Why? Rahul Dravid because of his dedication and his skills in the game of Cricket and also because of his humble personality.
Interviewed by Dinesh Ravi
I would like to have free entry and exit in their planet anytime I want!
>>>>>> If you were given a chance to become MD of the company. What would be the first thing you would change and why? I will announce some bonus and declare holiday for one day for everyone on becoming the MD of the company.
You have the choice to live with a gorilla who knows sign language or a dog who sings lullabies, which do you choose? Dog for sure. I love sleeping. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be and why?
VINCY PAUL ANTONI
Interviewed by Abbas Khan
I would go to Corner House and eat Almond Fudge till I die. What was your most embarrassing moment? I pushed a car on a slope without the driver in it. If you can be a Disney character, who would you be and why?
Does TAS lives up to the hype and expectations that were there when you came here for the interview? A big Yes
I want to be Jerry so that I can irritate people around me. What is one thing you could tell us about yourself that others would be shocked to know? I physically saw a UFO land, approached it and all I remember then was waking up next to a burn spot on the ground.
Interviewed by Vivek Agarwal
If your workplace environment could be summed up by a single slogan on a t-shirt, what would the slogan be? "Work till u make a change or change till it works"
What song best describes your work ethic? I would have to write my own song!
AMITH VIKRAM V
If your workplace was recreated on a reality TV show, what would the show be called? I do not see any reality shows but, the name would be 'Do some'
Which part of your face do you secretly admire the most? Beard ;-)
can sleep anywhere, anytime with anybody
amu M Reddy is silent like a dormant volcano, you never know when it will be active/extinct
Ramu M Reddy If you are given a chance to enact a TAS-incer, who would it be?
Interviewed by Susan Nayak
It would be Madhukar Malai, as he is calm and quiet. Do you believe in ‘strictly obeying rules’ (y/n)? How many rules have you broken at TAS? Yes, I have not broken any rule. If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
If you had three wishes, what would they be and why? a.
Harry Potter b. How would you respond to your faux linked up with Tom Cruise?
To meet at least one new person in a day – To network better Not to hurt anyone verbally or physically – Symbol of innocence Low work load in life but want to be billionaire soon – Inversely proportional
I will be happy and sad at the same time because it is only a faux. How would you recommend that someone could discover their creative talent?
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five things would you need to survive and why?
Spend time alone and think nothing.
Fire, Food, companion, shelter and fearless environment, because these are the basic needs for survival.
Interviewed by Dipika Patil
What is usually the first thought in your mind as you wake up in the morning? Not the yesterday’s bad moments get repeated again today . If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why? To change myself from talkative person to more silent person in future, aah aah haaaa…. (Reverse the statement), because Silence thrills me but kills others! The one thing you cannot live without? Why? I can’t live without myself; because I’m primary rest everything is secondary!!
Interviewed by Amarnath Shelar
“I can belly dance after 3-4 rounds of drinks”
Which Time Inc. title is your favorite and why? Fortune. It gives overall business prospective and an idea on how businesses function.
If God gives you an opportunity to change one thing in the world, what it would be and why?
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Why?
Make people feel more satisfied in what they are and what they have with them.
I would like to meet God. If I get that chance to meet Him, then I would give him a 1000 page questionnaire to him and ask him to answer.
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? There are several things which got me in trouble till now like, telling lies, stealing, multiple love stories, copying in exams, bunking college, ragging, smoking, drinking, fighting etc.. etc..
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I f you put on a remote island and you need to carry 3 things with you. what it would be? 1. Whiskey
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? I would became Mowgli. Happily roam around in the forest without any worries with friends like Bagheera, Baloo, Cheel bhai, Kaa Bhai etc..
Choose one dead person whom you would like to go on a date with?
Princess Diana, because I really don't know why people were so crazy about her.
One Funny Incident I banged my dad's car after seeing a girl.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Definitely I would like to witness the period when the Big bang happened, when the universe evolved and galaxies formed. Also would like to see how the first life begun in this universe.
“I banged my dad’s car after seeing a girl”
Interviewed by Carl Barros Mascarenhas
loathe Ketchup. If I could ban one thing in the world, it would be Ketchup! ~ Radhika Changoiwalla
If you were given an opportunity to do what so ever you want for whole day, what you would like to do?
I would want to learn Dance as I am horrible at it. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose and why? I would like to be a Superman although with a changed outfit ;) What inspires you a lot in your life? Creativity, because it makes me realize there is much talent in the world.
Have you ever dated someone from another race? Would you? Why? No, I haven't. I would not mind though, because it will be a new experience altogether, and I propagate diversity as well.
What do you prefer to do in idle time? My first instict would be to do "Nothing" just like Garfield! Otherwise I enjoy writing. If you have given a chance to be anything except human being, what you would like to be and why? I would like to be a Horse, because they are elegant, beautiful and love pace.
Interviewed by Labh Kumar
What made you laugh the hardest in your entire life? It would have to be while watching a Sitcom (and drunk), I love sitcoms and that's when I laugh the most. If you suddenly found yourself turned into a woman, how would you spend your day? I being a beautiful woman for a day, would rather woo a rich man, go around, shop lot of expensive stuff, party and get sloshed. Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let the others guess which is what? a) I am like a bull, If I'm not disturbed, I won't hurt b) I can't lie What would be your favorite Ram Leela character be and why?
Hanuman, since he is very powerful. As per Hindu mythology, Hanuman exists everywhere. The reason also being he is visible in the Ram Leela from the beginning till end. Interviewed by Aarnesh Karamchandani
What words describe your personality the best? “Be happy and make others happy”
Your favorite Time Inc. publication and why? People, because of the happening people in news.
Interviewed by Priyabrata Bhattacharjee
What’s something most people don’t know about you? Scribbling Poetry. That makes me the happiest person on the earth where I can erase the past, dream the future and act in the present as I wish.
What would you like be reborn as? A good Musician. I always wanted to be a good musician (But am not)
What makes TAS interesting for you? TAS is different from other organizations, It has a FriendlyVibrant work atmosphere. And so I find TAS interesting and unique
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for? I would throw a Musical Party - just to celebrate music. And I would be the one deciding the kind of music being played all night!
Which celebrity do you get mistaken for? None but I am honored for you to think that way!
If you were immortal for a day, what would you do? Jump from atop Burj Khalifa
What would you name the autobiography of your life? “Because, that’s what I felt!”
Interviewed by Ponnamma Lalithkumar
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Charlie Harper (Two and a Half Men)
Interviewed by Thomas George K
What drives you to office other than the pay and work?
“Given a chance, goes for the jugular vein with his one liners”
Wanted to be in analytics so it’s the dream job that I’ve looked forward to
Which Cartoon Character would you play? I love Jerry as it looks cute, when chased :-)
What are the two most important things that make TAS a great place to work for? Friendly working environment and lots of learning opportunity that makes TAS a great place to work.
If you were lost in a forest, who would be the first person to cross your mind? Why? The first person to cross my mind would be my father because he always taught me to stay calm in tough situation.
If you had to choose between God and Family, whom would you choose and why?
I will always choose my family because they are there to support me at any point of time.
Who is your role model in life? If no one then where do you go for help during difficult times? President Abdul Kalam is my role model in life.
What was/is your happiest moment in life? When I got my first salary.
Interviewed by Prashant Pradhan
Given a chance to travel anywhere which place would you go to? A drive to Las Vegas.
God gives a chance to be born in any part of the world, which place would it be why? It would be Delhi, India. It’s the most happening city and just love the people
At age of 65 what would you want to do – Retired life or Work? Run my own restaurant in Koramangala. Indian, Bengali food and speciality would be Tandoori:-)
World’s fastest roller coaster or world’s highest paragliding which one would you prefer and why? Roller coaster cause “Need For Speed” gives me the rush
What according to you is the difference between “Living” & “Existing”? Living is doing something with a purpose, and existing is just floating along through life.
Two Close friends of yours are fighting, what will be your reaction? I will scold both of them
If you are given a chance to go back to your past and change some event, what would it be? I would like to go back to my school days and will do all my mathematics home works without copying my friend’s book.
Imagine God bestows you with Superman like powers for an hour, the first thing that you would do is? I would fly like a bird
If I gave you $20, what percentage would you – really – save? If I gave you $200,000, what percentage would you save? Should there be a difference? If I have $20, I will save $10 and if I have $200000 I will not save anything because I already saved $10.
Sharada K Bhandary
Interviewed by Maneesha Raj
What was your favorite game that you used to like when you were a child and why? Running races. It always encouraged me to win and not only win but it also helped me to concentrate on going forward and not looking back at those few misses.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Deposit the money in the bank.
What are your negative and positive thoughts? Positive- I hate to ask for help and this makes me stronger by the day.
Negative- I hate to ask for help and end up doing things on my own.
Interviewed by Arjun Lathika
What do you like the most in yourself and why? I like every bit of me and one does not need a reason for.
What was the best gift that you received in your life and why? When my parents gifted me a watch for getting good grades in my 7th standard( as I love watches).
How would you describe your version of a perfect home? According me a perfect home is something which will be full of my favourite people like my parents, my grandparents, my in laws and my husband. There will be beautiful relationships among us. I should feel like heaven when I will go back home.
You are granted a wish of becoming invisible for a day, what all will you do?
Sangeetha Reddy Interviewed by Annie Pattery
I will observe everyone I love and I will find out what they really think about me.
What is the biggest lie you have ever told till now? Generally I don’t speak lies. Sometimes I speak white lies. So my biggest lie was to my mother and than one also was a white lie when I told her that I am in a bus actually I was doing boating in a lake that time.
What do you often think about when travelling alone? I’ll be thinking how the place I’m travelling would be.
Three words to describe yourself I AM AWESOME.
If your life were to be named after a movie what would that be? Secrets of Sangeetha (SOS)
What is the funniest motivational advice you’ve ever got?
Who is your favorite actor and If you could go on a date with him, where would you take him? My favourite actor is Soumitra Chatterjee and if I will go on a date with him then I will take him to Nandan movie hall in Kolkata and we will watch some of his old rare movies together.
Is there anything you would like change about you and why? Yes I want to change the slowness within me because for this slowness sometimes it gets difficult to complete my task.
When you are in a dilemma, you always must toss a coin. And then you must choose what came to your mind when the coin was in the air.
If you are allowed to go back to your past and undo something, what would that be? If I would have got a chance to undo my past, I would like to change my degree to Biotech
Interviewed by M A Arunkumar
Interviewed by Sangeetha Reddy
What would you name the autobiography of your life? why?
“You hardly find me at home on a weekend. If I’m not in Goa or out with friends, you’ll find me just roaming the malls.”
It would be named as “Memoirs”. The name itself says the reminiscence, that would not only make me cherish my journey for ever but also share
What is your first memory of being really excited? When I got my first job
If GOD gives you three magical wishes what would they be? I. Ability to travel through time
What is the most memorable thing you have ever done? Drinking some fine Belgium beer at a pub in Brussels with a great friend would be right up there. Then, having waffles at Grand Place the following morning.
If given a chance to go anywhere in the world where would you want to go and why? Australia. I love the wilderness over there, and would love to camp in the wild over there, and trek across its terrain.
<<<<<< What is the most creative excuse you have ever given to skip something? I’m really bad at this! Tried to get out of this interview exercise we have here, but couldn’t come up with anything!
If you could only do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be..
III. Ask for more wishes that will last all my life
If u get a chance to become a CM for one day, what changes would u get to change society? I. Expose the deep rooted corruption of the state II. An organized free education & medical system for poor people of the state
Carl M ascare nhas
Devas hish B anerj ee >> >>>>
Just travel and see places. To travel across the country, and other continents
Which is your favorite hangout area in the TAS office and why? Cooking Light pantry, I like to take my phone calls over there
Interviewed by Gnanesh PS
II. A 2010 Ford Mustang GT Convertible. I haven't decided on accessories or colors yet, but I know I want racing stripes
III. Introduce a monitoring system that will check whether the system is functioning properly or not
Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best? Yes, getting into a serious relationship with my girlfriend used to be nightmare for me but she turned out to be the bestest companion for
How has the journey with TAS been unique compared to other places you have worked with? The ability to absorb new talent at TAS is amazing. I have never felt more engaged & involved so fast in a new company. The TAS culture is unique and has to be encouraged. Positivity, Engagement with the company to name a few.
One lesson or learning that you implemented, that has lead to your success? Take ownership of whatever is assigned to you and always think of contributing more….don’t restrict yourself with the job description…always be asking yourself “what else can I do”
If there was one advice you can give to the youth today, what would that be? Find your own passion or calling, don’t simply do things that others are ing…
If you were to go back in your life and do something different, what would that be and why? I would definitely spend more time at a top tier university….get my doctorate do some research….
“I love to cook for my family and friends..My Frittata Onion packs well and is very portable. We use this as breakfast on long drives. For recipe, please go to
What motivates you to come to work every single day with the same energy and enthusiasm? I love my job â€“ I find meaning in both helping Time Inc meet its goals and also providing a safe, entrepreneurial exciting place to work at TAS. One lesson or learning that you have learnt, that will stay with you throughout? Every day is new opportunity to do your best and mistakes or failures are just opportunities for change and improvement Has India helped change your perspective on any specific aspect? If yes, what would that be? Yes â€“ I am amazed and in awe of the quality if talent here One advice that you would give to each and every TAS-incer Own your work, ask questions and take responsibility. How do you juggle between having 2 girls and being the MD of TAS ? I have a very messy house If you were to change one thing about TAS, what would it be? Absolutely Nothing If not the MD at TAS, what field would you have liked to pursue?
A Page from Chefâ€™s Diary Rehan Lateefi
Frittata - Onion (For Vegetarians Black Olives or Zucchini, For Non Vegetarians Tomatoes & Bacon)
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large finely chopped onion 2 garlic cloves minced Salt to taste Freshly ground pepper 1 cup - zucchini grated or black olives or tomatoes & bacon 4 eggs 3 tablespoon milk 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese or processed cheese
Instructions: Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a nonstick omelet pan, add the onion and a generous pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft (it should not brown). Add the garlic and the (zucchini grated or black olives or tomatoes & bacon) and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables/bacon is wilted/cooked. Remove from the heat. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl and add the milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the onion and zucchini/bacon mixture and mix well. Clean and dry the pan.
Heat some more olive oil over medium-high heat in the omelet pan. Pour in the egg mixture. Swirl the pan to distribute the eggs and filling evenly over the surface. Shake the pan gently, tilting it slightly with one hand while lifting up the edges of the frittata with the spatula in your other hand, to let the eggs run underneath during the first few minutes of cooking. Once a few layers of egg have cooked during the first couple of minutes of cooking, sprinkle top with Parmesan/Processes cheese. Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook 7 to 10 minutes, until the frittata is puffed and just about set.
Now for browning the top: If you have an oven:
et up Tablet analytics team from scratch in 2 months. (Audience Development)
n Style, PESP and Essence web analytics directly handled by the India team. (Audience Development)
e successfully tackled the Staffing changes in the first quarter of 2013 and won over the client trust (Planning and CMS)
aunch of Insert Card Operations (Calculation Marketing Ops)
Tenacity Calculable Marvelous
“A year of New Beginnings: Transitioned Non Time Inc. postal from Tampa and successfully transitioned TMEL Paper procurement from Netherlands/UK to India without any additional resource”
“Successfully managing all domestic paper procurement & various paper transitions as well as Time Inc. Monthlies postage payment activities”
“Completely took ownership of migration of Adservers Successfully planned and executed campaign migrations across all titles from the legacy DFP 5 to the new DFP premium”
TIPCO PCO AND AD OPS
“Seamlessly provided reporting and analytics to NY AdOps and NY Finance by making changes in the in-house database to enable data integration of both legacy and new adservers for about 400+ ad campaigns”
Messenger2 Agile enhancements handled by TAS
QA team was empowered to approve all non-digital domestic requests done by TAS
Team has grown 300% in 6 months
Handled on-call support as primary successfully
SUBS3 Team has grown 160% in 6 months Team has started handling Operation manager responsibilities, providing end-to-end service Mainframe Team has grown 600% Completed Disaster Recovery exercise successfully, for the first time
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT THE BUG ST
Interviewed by Anuj Shrivastava
“CORNETTO!!! I love having ice creams late at night, and love biking to get that one cone “
If you could be any person in the whole wide world, who would it be? And, Why? Bill Gates, isn’t it obvious why?
If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be? Please describe! For some people Life is like hell, sell, cell, unwell, dumbbell, seashell, bell – in a nutshell, please don’t YELL! And we don’t know how will be our FAREWELL. So just say ALL IZ WELL! ALL IZ WELL! ALL IZ WELL!
I will steal the money printing plate so that I can mint money for the rest of my life and enjoy .
If you were on a deserted island, what three things (other than food, water and shelter) would you need to survive? Mobile with network so that I can contact my family to rescue el , laptop and lots and lots of chocolates.
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Why? ANNA SIR! Rajnikanth, there is no question of why, it’s always why not? Admire his fast actions and style - Zup! Zup!
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Why?
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I want to be one among the spectators of the 2022 fifa world cup, Doha. Started dreaming and saving for it .
If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint? Love and Nature all around – A lake front, couple enjoying the ambience, on a wooden bench under a lush full tree.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Why? Spiderman! Spiderman! He is simply awesome! He has power with a twist! ;) Interviewed by Santosh Belagali
Where do you find yourself on Friday/ Saturday Nights? At home in front of TV.
If you were the President of our company for a day, what changes would you make? I would give hikes and bonus twice a year.
If you could travel in a Time Machine, which time will you go to, and why? Future. Because I have already seen/ know about the past and am curious about the future.
If your house was on fire, what is one thing you will grab and save, and why? Presuming everyone’s out & safe, I would go for my documents, certificates & laptop.
The best present you ever gave someone A dress to my fiancé (then, wife now).
The best advice anyone ever gave you From my parents, “keep reading”.
Your idea of the most adventurous holiday. I want to go for cycling a trip around Hampi.
If you get a chance to be any other personality (within TAS), who would it be and why? I wanna be like Bablu. He manages to please all without getting hassled. And I envy him for being a great cook.
What is one misconception people have about you? People believe that I am very confidant and comfortable on stage. In reality, I am probably the most nervous one with shaky legs, sweaty hands and all those jitters.
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Interviewed by Aman Preet
What Do You Think You Are Best in the World at? Making a puppy face to persuade someone to do something for me or forgive me.
Describe your work profile with the help of a song? Who run the world! Girls. :-) – by Beyonce.
Which dish did you like the most on the day of TAS potluck last month? Masala Papad ( My very humble interviewer forced me to write this as this was his dish :-) )
Interviewed by Prateek Bajaj
Why are hurricanes named after women? I think names were given by guys going through bad relationships! On a serious note it is comparable to the strength of a woman
Which cartoon character turns you on the most? Superman, very innovative way of dressing
Ziya Sofi If you could change one thing about you, what would it be? Worrying too much about every single thing
If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Travel anywhere I feel like for free. I like travelling so much.
Mutton Rogan Josh or Dum Aloo? Why? Mutton Rogan Josh. I like, peppery.
If you had only 24 hours left to live, what would you do? I will fly to my parents and go out shopping with them
Describe yourself in three words Confident, honest and down-to-earth
If you could be any person in the whole world, who would it be? And, Why? Mehdi Hasan (Political Journalist). He is such a good speaker.
One question you want people to ask you? and why?
Interviewed by Abdulla Ajemal
How do you keep cool? Am I not cool!
Difficulties of being tall? None for me.
Interviewed by Dilip Raju
“I can read and write Arabic but can’t speak. I can’t read and write Kashmiri but can speak. Isn’t it funny!
What was the worst punishment you received at school? Writing a whole lesson 25 times as imposition.
What is the most unusual thing that has happened to you while on vacation? I saw a python in Shimla and even took a photo with it around my shoulders.
If you can be a Disney character, who would you be and why? Aladdin because he has the magic lamp.
What is one thing you could tell us about yourself that others would be shocked to know? I donâ€™t know hindi. Interviewed by Gautam R Upadyaya
If you were the President of our company for a day, what changes would you make? Organize happy hours every week
Interviewed by Sangeetha Arun If given a chance to go back, what other profession would you choose other than the one you are in? I would want to be one of those travel-show hosts, who travel the world and get paid for it!
If you get to know the world is ending, what is the last thing you would want to do? Sit on a beach, have a drink (or two..), watch the Sun go down, and wait peacefully for the world to end.
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If given a chance which country do you want to go and settle in? Ireland! Beautiful place, men with THE Irish accent ;)
One unforgettable incident in your life? The first time I went to a water-park and realized I am capable of drowning in water which is just 4-feet deep, if someone does not help me in time!
What makes you happy? Watching cookery shows and the wonderfully arranged food in them :P
If you were promoted as the head of the organization, what are the three important changes that you would like to make? “Satya has never seen a horror movie in his whole life, and thinks that zebras are colorless animals with black and white stripes!!!“
Make saree as an offical dress code for women/Dhotis for Men. Every Male employee should be seated next to two female employees. Weekly once drinks would be delivered on their desk so that each and every employee can get break.
Which individual in the company impressed you the most within your first 2 weeks in the company and why? Sejal, Confidence and attitude
Which was your funniest moment in the company? Interview by the team
I am interested in making quick money; so would have became a smuggler, a gambler or a under-world mafia.
One good thing that you have done for the society/country Very tough question. I think the only good thing I have done for this society is to drink as much as I can, so that the government makes good money on alcoholic taxes.
What is the thing that you like the most about TAS? Culture is the best thing in TAS
If you were not part of TAS what other job would you be interested in?
Who do you think is the most admirable of famous Indian personalities alive and why?
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I admire Atal Bihari Vajpayee because of his dynamic vision
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If you had to define your personality using one of the three – IOS, Windows, Android, what would it be and why?
Have you ever felt that office is your second home? If yes, why? Yes, especially during peak summer when AC is on all the time.
What has been your worst fear? My worst fear during my young age was what if someone opens the door when I watch saturday night movies!
I would consider myself as IOS, leading Innovation Interviewed by Andrew Sunil
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If you could be any person in the whole wide world, who would it be? And, Why? I wanted to be a movie director. I love people dancing on my orders.
Any one craziest incident in your life which you would like to share?
If you could relive any moment in your life. What would it be?
The incident where I had explained a formula and when I started spelling the formula which starts with “MA” and actually meant cow in regional language, looking at my lecturer's face I could not control my laugh.
Bunking school and roaming around with friends.
If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? I would catch the rocket going to the space.
If you were lucky enough to win the lottery, what would you do? I will start an education institution for poor people in rural India, who cannot afford education for their children.
What is your favorite childhood memory? I used to fall down on the ground and act as if I fainted, just to skip the prayers. I still do the same with my husband to skip Cooking and Cleaning.
If you were on a deserted island, what three things (other than food, water and shelter) would you need to survive? Just a chopper to fulfill all my needs from the nearest human habitat island.
Finish this sentence. I cannot live without ……… Love from friends and family.
If you ever think of stealing, what will it be and why? My hubby‘s credit card, to do lots and lots of shopping.
Which is the alternate career which you would prefer and why? Teaching, I used to take tuition during my college days. I love teaching.
Interviewed by Nazim Khan
If you had a time machine, where would you go? I would go to the early ape era. Heard people didn't have to wear clothes during that time
What are the two most important things that make TAS a great place to work for? why only two? I can give more: awesome team, amazing work atmosphere, good scope for growth, friendly office mates.
What would you take to a deserted island other than food and water? My wife... then the island wouldn’t be deserted anymore!
Which character you want to play yourself as, in a movie of your life? Well movie about my life and the character would be myself… duh?
I have noticed that your employee code is 049. How is it working for TCM for so long? I have recently completed my third year in TAS. This itself speaks of my love for the work and the organisation.
What is the best compliment you ever got? Tom Cruise! Enough said
To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive about the role and the company when I had joined. But as the workforce and my responsibilities increas
If you were a punctuation mark what would you be? Why? “ )”. Coz I’m always happy
How do you release your stress from work? Thankfully we have access to YOUTUBE. Songs and Sitcoms are my greatest stress busters. My favourite being Chop Suey by SOAD, 8 Mile Battle Raps, Gothic Songs and the sitcom "Whose Line Is It Anyway".
Interviewed by Rajesh Singh
The fact that I enjoy these can be proved by my colle Your favorite magazine from Time Inc. and why? I love reading TIME magazine, the reason being it has fewer advertisements and more content. The depth of analysis it provides for any event of national or international importance is lacking in most of its competitors. What is the craziest thing you have done till date? There are more than one. But the best one has to be stealing cups, saucers and stationery items from the teachers' room while in college. It was a weekend and we forcibly broke open the doors. Once inside we scanned the room and tore off and threw the n At the year end, when you get a bonus and a hike, how do you treat yourself?
What do you often eat for breakfast? Health drink made from different types of vegetables.
I used to think that people in black & white movies saw each other in black & white!
What makes you laugh? Rimple loves to laugh . She always searches for opportunities that makes her laugh.
If I take a look inside your refrigerator , what would I find ? Cheese,palak,beetroot,prawns + some unusual vegetable(I dont remember the name) which I have never heard or seen.
If your boss comes to your house for dinner, what would you prepare? Why? I will get a Scotch bottle and then after drinking you never know who will cook for whom.
If you had turned your cell phone to silent in a meeting, and it rang really loudly despite it being on silent, what excuse will you give?
If you are alone in a desert what would your thoughts be? Rimple said that she will try to search for a rose.
What would be your first question to the people of Antartica? Rimple hates questions . She instead answered them by introducing herself as Miss Universe of India
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Zombies have invaded the Earth- whoâ€™d be on your fighting team from TAS?
If you were a punctuation mark what would you be? Why? Open and close brackets; may be because I am not that open to anyone.
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Bill Gates walks into your home and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it? A chain of coaching institutes across the country.
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Kumar Vaibhav If you become TAS president, what the first thing you wanted to do? I’ll throw a party to all.
What makes you laugh? Oh well, let me think… its funny things. Interviewed by Aditya Desai
According to you who in Office is the most suitable to become MIA(TAS Mascot) Ankith Menon (0214) is the most suitable person.His height , his features.. all match MIA :D
What is the most adventures thing you wanted to do? I wanted to live happily after getting married.
If you don’t have work what you will do? I’ll visit different places, see different cultures, roam around the world.
How can you tell when someone is lying to you? https://www.google.com/search? q=How+can+you+tell+when+someone+is+lying+to+you hahhahahaha!! :D
What do you do when you cannot sleep? Read books.. watch TV… in the end if nothing works.. I make sure that other people around me shouldn’t sleep. :D
What is the toughest job to do from your prospective and why? To plan life for future.
What do you think when you see a beautiful sunset? Beauty is not long lasting
If you where a police officer for one day what would you do with the authority? Will try to make myself as much angry as possible , to check whether my shirt gets tear apart automatically or not
Interviewed by Avishek Goswami
Then will dance with police belt in ‘hud hud dabangg’ style.
What goes through your mind when your boss asks to talk to you privately? “Is my account activated on naukri.com?? resume updated???? “
Name five uses of a stapler without staples. a)
Squeeze someone’s nose
As a showpiece that you own a stapler
To create Annoying music (noise…. )
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If you could be any superhero who would it be and why? Batman because I love the bike he rides.
Pick two celebrities to be your parents. They will be Amitabh Bacchan and Jaya Bacchan.
If you were a bird which one would you be ? I would have been Peacock as it is a beautiful bird.
What kitchen utensil you would be if you had to be a kitchen utensil for a day? Stirrer
Who would win a battle between a pirate and an ninja ? Pirate, as they are funny.
Interviewed by Kannan Shankaran
Where would you be, if not in IT? India missed a Scientist!! If not for IT, I would have been Scientist, working in the field of Organic Chemistry. Thanks to Aptech, eBay, HP, Dell and Tesco, the Web Analytics industry could leverage my skills.
Interviewed by Piyush Kumar Singh
What is your passion? I am very passionate about my 3-yr old daughter, likes to spend every moment in her upbringing. I have been more than a father – almost a mother to my little one.
What is your education background? I am a Kendriya Vidyalaya alumni right through (different branches, though), thanks to my Lt. Col. Dad and his never-ending transfers in the Army. What does others don't know about you? I am a IT networking expert, equivalent to a CCNA or a CCNP – have any questions on Cisco products? Contact the networking Guru. Something on his marital side? It was a love at first ‘chat’, but ended up as an arranged marriage. What do we think we all know, but not really? He's a foodie, we all know – but who knows his expertise exactly? He can identify the different versions of Biriyani (Hyderabadi, Chettinad, North, etc.) by their mere taste, although he loves to have Chinese food items.
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Real test is when no one is watching you. Be ethical and true to yourself.
What was your thought when you were first designated as the VP by Sejal? How has the journey been? Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised since it was a double promotion. Since it coincided with our movement out of AOL which was a big move then, it helped me focus on a one line brief to myself – which was not to let Sejal and the team (22 employees who move from AOL to Aegis) down ever. It’s amazing that the same focus still works even though we have come a long way forward. The journey has been fantastic – something I can proudly look back upon.
Would you like to share with us some work ethics that has helped your success? Do not take anyone for granted and as such, never cross the line. It’s a team game and no one can be bigger than the organization. Misuse of one’s power is a sign of ‘lack of confidence’. Don’t get influenced by the noise around - instead follow your heart. Never advice what you cannot do yourself. Real test is when no one is watching you. Be ethical and true to yourself.
How do you ensure that you do not let your success override you as a person? Being ‘grounded’ is relative to one’s thought process and as such the definition can be different for everyone. I consciously make an effort to focus on a goal and not any destination. If you are able to reach a certain goal, then you can set bigger goals and this becomes a continuous process.
What is the one thing about TAS that makes you really proud? It’s the team and the positive vibes all around.
Is there anything you would like to change in TAS? If yes, what would that be? I guess we have gone through numerous changes since 2007 and the team has always responded brilliantly. I would not like to change anything but encourage everyone to show same faith and confidence in the organization. Change is the only permanent thing and that will keep on happening.
If you would for TAS to feature in one of the Time Inc magazine covers, which once would it be and why?
Note of places in Bangalore
Kanua on Sarjapur road for Mangalorean food. You can carry your own drinks.
Friday’s @ Ice, Taj on MG Road for popular music, great cocktails and midnight buffet (try mutton dosa)
Saturdays @ 380 down on 80 ft Road, Indirangar for funk music
Sundays @ Opus on Palace Roads for Karaoke nights
Monkey Bar – Good music, great starters. You can play pool and foosball for free!
Library Bar @ Leela’s for best single malt collection
My house in Indirangar (always welcome)
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