Winning Stroke: Interview With Swetabh Pathak, Co-founder, Elucidata

"I would either be a marine biologist or a politician. I would be building an organization of some kind."


If not in the current profession, you would be?

I would either be a marine biologist or a politician. I would be building an organization of some kind.

One tune you always hum?

My Father’s Eyes by Eric Clapton.

One book to read when you want to motivate yourself?

“What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami.

One dialogue of a movie that motivates you or you like the most?

“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them” from Good Will Hunting

The place you never been to and always want to go?

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

An animal that signifies you & why?

Elephant, because they are big and fun and go around bathing all the time and hang out with their friends.

Movie Character you most resemble or resonate with:

Marvel or DC: DC

Batman or Superman: Superman

Tom or Jerry: Tom

Chacha Chaudhary or Super Commando Dhruv: Super Commando Dhruv

If your life was to be turned into a movie who would you like to play your part?

Shah Rukh Khan

Luck or Hard Work, what do you think weighs more in defining a successful person?

I believe one has to have both of them. Unless they come together, one can’t be successful.

One best decision you ever made?

To walk out of my previous start-up where things weren’t working out with the co-founders. We had fundamental value differences. It was a hard decision given they were also very close friends.

A strategy that you always use to take your decisions in personal or professional life?

If it’s an important decision, I give myself a lot of time and talk to people. I analyze but at the end of the day, I go with my gut. Yes, you need facts and analysis but then you need to trust your gut as well.

Whose advice do you seek when in a dilemma?

That depends on the context. Mostly it’s my colleagues, co-founder, my close friends, and peers, also one of my professors from IIT Delhi.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Missing a flight because I was too busy having chai at the airport. Haha!

One thing that you want to change in yourself?

I would like to be in better control of myself. I can be temperamental at times.

A line said by your close one that you never forget?

My grandfather once said to me ‘Jitna aavashyak hai aadar dena, utna hi aavashyak hai aadhar sveekar karna’. Can be loosely translated as: “It’s as important to receive respect, as it is to give respect”.

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