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My Favourite

Aashish Somaiyaa
The MD of Motilal Oswal AMC is a man of simple taste — he looks for interesting cities and relaxes with a peg of gin and tonic

I usually read books about business, investing, marketing and communication. Some of my favourites are Understanding Michael Porter by Joan Magretta, Eating the Big Fish by Adam Morgan, Influence – The Power of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini and a few others. I really love them because they’ve taught me a lot and allowed me to implement some of those learnings in my life.

My favourite movie is Bruce Almighty because I just loved the portrayal of God by Morgan Freeman. And the message runs so deep. It tells you that even though God can change and manipulate everything, he can’t change someone’s will if they are determined.

I used to play a lot of tennis and squash when I was a teenager. Now, I partake in fitness activities and go to the gym, but hardly get time for sports.

One of my go-to drinks is this Scottish gin called Hendricks, with tonic and a slice of cucumber. I find it refreshing, especially if it’s an afternoon over the weekend.

London and Dubai are two of my most preferred travel destinations. London has its old world charm and Dubai has the sheer magnificence. It’s also a brilliant example of what human ambition can achieve. Also, when I went to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, I was amazed at how people had offices overlooking cows grazing in lush meadows and pristine lakes.

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