Meet the Runners series for Tarblazer 42.2 BKC June 23, 2019
This is Anand Bhatia writing in about Running, Philosophy and Life in General.
I am the CMO of FINO Payments Bank and by no means a boring, staid ‘Banker’ (I do like BKC – familiar territory!). Have been doing exciting stuff like my own firm of Consumer Behaviourists focused on the BFSI space, Ormax Money and long-distance recreational running. Add a bit of creative writing and some candid street photography too.
Born in Pune, life has taken me to live and work in different parts of India; Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad. Travel for work and pleasure has taken me to 22 states in India!
A Civil Engineer (SPCE) and a post-grad from IIM Lucknow I grew up like a typical middle-class kid in the pre liberalized 80’s and early 90’s (read – with interesting constraints!!). Family and the times shaped us with values of Hard Work, Tenacity and Determination. All helpful when running!!
We run as a family. My wife Shruti (handles Pricing and Reserving for Future Generali) has a dozen HMs and 2 Mumbai Ultras to her name and son Ayush has a few 10 km (and a podium) under his belt. My siblings have some serious trekking to their credit. It really helped that my father was a fantastically fit person!
Running happened by chance around 2011-12. And am glad it did. The idea was to get fit and be energetic. That happened and so did numerous collateral benefits – enhanced ability to think differently, a cool set of friends and being able to eat !!! (We are foodies).
I run with the Lokhandwala Running Club and with a cool bunch who we call bRUNch!
All the running has prompted us to organize our own run – the π Day – πzza run (the Sunday before 14 th March – π day!!). We are now 2 editions old. We are perhaps the only such run in India. To all runners out there- Join us for this run!
I have enjoyed running with Tarblazer and in particular BKC. Where some complaint about the monotony I welcome it. It gives me the opportunity to look at the very familiar (or the very mundane) differently in each lap! That is a useful life skill! Trust me!
And the track is a PB enabler – now that is some motivation!