Harrish M Bhatia has trudged the Indian hinterland delaing in luggage, studied the psyche of the Indian consumer while selling electronics and recently entered the media space. With strengths that include perseverance, he has set out to establish MY FM’s brand in radio — aiming for the ripe territory of Tier II and Tier III cities.
What time do you wake up every day? What time do you sleep? I wake up at 5am and head straight for a morning walk. While walking, I enjoy listening to my iPod. I usually hit the sack around 10.40pm
You never leave home without… My iPad
How do you commute to office? How long is the commute? I commute by car and it takes 15 minutes to my office
How many hours a week do you work? When you enjoy your work, you’re functioning 24 hours a day so I don’t count the number of hours
What is the first thing you do on reaching office? As soon as I reach the office, I ring the sacred bell
What do you like most about your job? Creative challenges
What is the one thing you like least about your job? Tantrums of young and inexperienced talents
What is the secret of your success? My mindset, flexibility and positive approach towards life is my secret of success. The determination to do more is of vital importance. One should look at solution to deal with the problem, rather than worrying about it. In addition, perseverance, passion, with proper analysis helps me give my best and succeed
What do you have for breakfast? Fruits and cornflakes are my usual along with either upma, poha or a sandwich
What would you like to change about yourself/your life? If there is something I could change about myself I would like to shed some pounds
How often do you exercise? Daily/3 times a week/occasionally/never It depends whether I’m travelling or not. If I’m not travelling I try working out at least four times a week
What exercise do you do? Weights/Cardio/Yoga/Walking/ Other My exercise regime consists of walking and 45-50 minutes of yoga. Additionally, lots of stretches and asanas gear me up for the day
How do you relax? Any hobbies? Movies and music relax me. I also enjoy golf and socialising with close friends and family
Your favourite book is… … to name a few — Blue Ocean Strategy, The Nord Storm, Dhirubai Ambani and Game Changer
Your favourite film is… I truly enjoyed 3 Idiots. It’s nice to see a satire on the educational system and the Indian-parent psyche, both competing to kill invention and creativity
When and where did you last go on holiday? I went to Singapore for my recent holiday
One gadget you cannot live without? My iPad
What makes you happy? For me nothing gives more happiness than being with my family and being able to spend quality time with them
What is the most important lesson that life has taught you? In our journey, we have some good times and some bad times. Changes are a part of life and we should face them with a smile. As much as we enjoy the happiness, we should be strong and positive in times of difficulty, as well
What was your first job and salary? My first job was as a sales representative and my salary was R500 a month
At what age did you become CEO? I became the CEO of 94.3 MY FM at the age of 45
What characteristic do you dislike most in others? Dishonesty is something which is non acceptable to me. I completely detest people who are untruthful and engage in office politics
Where do you see yourself in five years? Five years is too long. As of now, I only see myself carving the path for 94.3 MY FM to be amongst the top three brands in India
About Harrish M Bhatia:
Harrish M Bhatia has been associated with 94.3 MY FM since 2007 as its business head, and was appointed its CEO in April 2010. Under his leadership the channel has made a mark as the largest non-metro network. As an adaptable personage, Bhatia has been forefronting innovations in the brand and the business operations.
Under his management, MY FM has formed its own identity. The company became renowned for its rapid spread across the country — in the span of less than a year, 17 stations were launched. MY FM also sailed through the recession, notching elevated and advanced revenue statistics leading to an operational breakeven in less than three years.
A mathematics and commerce graduate from Kanpur, he recalls that when he graduated a young man’s horizon was limited to joining either the administrative services or the armed forces. He, too, tried those options before deciding on a sales job. Later, he followed it up with an MBA degree. Bhatia’s first job was at Aristocrat luggage in 1983. Apart from learning the rudiments of sales and marketing, his visits to small-town India prepared him for bigger responsibilities. After two-and-a-half years, Bhatia sensed that there was more action in consumer electronics, he joined Onida in 1986 and stayed put for a dozen years. From Onida, he joined LG. Having spent a total of 17 years in the consumer durables industry, he wondered where he should head next. This is when he was drawn to the media and entertainment space.