I do the bulk of my reading during flights these days. I love reading short stories and some business management books, depending on my mood. Hard to pick an all-time favourite, but the ones that left a deep impression on my mind recently are the The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma and Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.
I am a big fan of comic books and read them on most weekends. They help me unwind and de-stress. I still read the Tinkle Double Digests because I love the simplicity, wit, and humour in Suppandi, Shikari Shambu and Nasruddin Hodja. From the international ones, I prefer Calvin and Hobbes, Asterix and Tintin.
I love watching all kinds of movies, so it would be hard to pick a single favourite. I am a huge Bollywood fan. I like content-based films depicted with simplicity and class, for example, all of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee's movies, or in recent times all of movies featuring Ayushmann Khurana. In Hollywood, Forrest Gump remains my all-time favourite. Apart from that, I like almost all of Tom Hanks's movies.
I have always been a huge cricket fan. I used to play the game almost everyday while growing up but now it's largely limited to watching. I had a bat that I used for almost six years at a stretch and considered it as my most prized possession at that time.
I love North Indian Food - I can eat it anywhere, anytime. However, other than that, I generally prefer local cuisines in places that reflect the soul and character of the region. My favourite are local restaurants that have been around for ages and have their own charm and history to them. They all typically have that one dish that is out of the world and I love to try them as well as hear the stories around them. I'd say try out, Leopold Cafe in Mumbai, Kyani Restaurant in Mumbai, Infanteria in Goa, La Tavernaccia in Rome and Le Jules Verne in Paris.
I find the mountains mesmerising, anywhere around the world, whether it is Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Fuji or the Himalayan Ranges. If I have to pick my favourite, it would be the ranges in Sikkim or Ladakh. Apart from that, I enjoy exploring the national reserves in Africa. One of the most vivid memories I have in those reserves is feeding the ostriches in Cape Town, South Africa. An ideal vacation for me is traveling to a quiet, non-commercial place in the mountains with good company, and enjoying a gadget-free time with nature and relishing the local food.