After hours: Pankaj Jathar, VP & country head (India), Etsy

The job
In times where everything is becoming automated, I love that Etsy’s mission is to keep the human connection alive at the heart of commerce. Etsy is a place where creativity lives and thrives because it’s powered by people. Our global marketplace is a vibrant community of real people meeting through unique creations. The platform empowers sellers to do what they love and helps buyers find what they love. The highlight of the month for me is when I meet sellers and listen to their stories. Through my role I meet creative people from different walks of life.

The weekdays
On weekdays, I wake up around 6:30 am and get in a good workout. I’m going to run, swim or do a session at Cult.Fit. This is followed by a healthy breakfast, usually dahi with seeds and nuts. On days when I’m at home I like to make my own tea, and when I’m traveling I try to get a good cup of coffee before starting my work day, which usually ends after 8pm.

The weekend
On most weekends, I get up earlier than my family and use that time to go for an early morning run, usually grabbing breakfast or drinking coffee. I’m a motorcycle enthusiast and the weekends are the only times I get to put in some miles on my machine. The rest of the day is spent with the family or with chores around the house and some reading. I also write a blog about personal finance.

The toys
Definitely my iPad. I use it for reading books, magazines, watching shows and movies, and most of all for everything. I end up spending several hours a week on my iPad. I also love my Bang & Olufsen speaker, which is always on in the background so I can get through the day.

The logos
Call it my bias if you like, but hands down my favorite brand would have to be Etsy. At the end of each day, I have a sense of purpose because I know our work helps small businesses and creative entrepreneurs showcase their products around the world. Titan is the other brand I really admire. They have grown themselves and developed sub-brands such as Sonata and Fastrack to appeal to different audiences with their products. They have remained contemporary and timeless.

– As told to Akanksha Nagar

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