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"Never look back”: Anand, MD-CEO, Manipal Edu
Photograph: Rohit Gautam
RAISED by a single parent in Madurai, Anand who is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta learnt about patience and how to be focussed, from his mother, a teacher and also from table tennis, his favourite sport. The classical music enthusiast also did his BE from REC, Trichy. He shares his mantra…
Q. What kind of student were you in school?
A. I was not particularly a disciplined student. I was always active and enjoyed life – I played table tennis, South Indian percussion – mridangam and participated in Kacheris (concerts). I was also a good debater in school and college.
Q. Did you learn from any of your interests?
A. Table tennis taught me a lot. Although I was not a great athlete I was very passionate about table tennis. It taught me to concentrate. I feel one has to be patient and relentless to achieve a goal.
Q. What made you switch from engineering stream to management?
A. In the 1980s, management was a less travelled path. I never had any mentor or a counsellor. It was a sheer accidental entry.
Q. Any student remains etched in your mind?
A. There was a disabled student in my mother’s class. He couldn’t walk and speak. He struggled a lot to express himself. My mother was a patient guide and saw him blossom out with an MPhil and PhD. He achieved more because he had set his mind to achieve.
Q. Your mantra for success.
A. I grabbed opportunities that came my way. I never look back – I like to look ahead.
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