Power tech

The world of big business is the one area of human activity that is most dependant on technology. The country's top executives give us the low-down on the machinery that aids them through it all.

Hitani Kaur        Print Edition: Feb 6, 2011

It's hard to imagine our lives without today's ubiquitous technology organising, dictating, and simulating our days and nights. But the people to whom cuttingedge technology makes a world of difference are the men who run the businesses that touch our lives everyday. Some of the top executives in the country tell us about their tech toys: from indulgences to necessities, and all points in between, they have it covered. Here's a glimpse into their tech world.

Sumit Kumar
Sumit Kumar
Executive Director, Olympus Capital.
Tech Toy: Canon EOS 5D camera, MacBook Pro.
'Photography has been a hobby with me for almost 30 years now. I bought the Canon about three years back for it's digital format. Right from shooting till the point of results, the digital process is simplified and much faster. I then use my Mac to edit my shots, as it's very user-friendly and the screen is extremely vivid.'

Captain G.R. Gopinath
Captain G.R. Gopinath

Chairman, Deccan Logistics.
Tech Toy: Bell 230 Helicopter
'I have been in the world of aviation for a very long time, but this particular model still causes an adrenaline rush and immense thrill. It is easy to deploy and can swiftly be flown over mountains and water bodies. It is a quick and efficient mode of transport and I cherish owning it.'

Subhrakant Panda
Subhrakant Panda

Managing Director, IMFA Group.
Tech Toy: MacBook Air
'As a part of the busy world of International business, I really value this swift device. It has an almost instant switch-on and switch-off which saves time. Besides, it has a sleek body and multiple features. I like it for both its looks and functionality.'

Atul Wassan
Atul Wassan

Former Indian cricketer, cricket commentator, and enterpreneur.
Tech Toy: AUDI Q7
'I bought my Q7 a couple of months ago. It's very sturdy, sports excellent safety features and has great aesthetics. The attachment Audi has with beauty and quality, is what attracted me and eventually lead to the buy.

Dr Nishith Chandra
Dr Nishith Chandra

DM (Cardiology), Escorts Heart Institute.
Tech Toy: MapmyIndia GPS.
'For me, as a cardiologist, time is the key factor between life and death. This GPS maps out my route accurately and gets me to the destination in good time. This is one gadget all car manufacturers should definitely incorporate in their vehicles.'

Vikram Madhok
Vikram Madhok

Managing Director, Abercrombie & Kent India Pvt Ltd
Tech Toy: BlackBerry Bold; Sony Notebook
'Being in the dynamic world of Tourism, I find my BlackBerry Bold to be an extremely useful communication gadget, as real time responses are expected in today's competitive environment. The second business tool I carry while traveling is my Notebook as it is light and user friendly.

Prasoon Joshi
Prasoon Joshi

Entrepreneur, AD guru and writer
Tech toy: The iPad
'The device is extremely easy to use and carry. I can connect to the internet any time, read books, magazines and listen to my music. I also use it for my writing work and an occasional game of Scrabble with my wife.'

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