Mr. Palit, when was the last time you woke up in the morning and weren’t sure exactly where you were at that moment?
That actually happened just a few weeks ago: on Monday I was in Singapore, then flew on to Boston, which was then followed by a flight to Munich and then, from there, to Bangalore and, finally, back to Singapore - all within a week.
How do you handle a workload like that?
I’m really lucky that I adjust very well to different time zones and will counter jetlag by timing my schedule. For intercontinental flights, I will arrive in the morning and work until the evening, by when I’m usually so tired that I can just lie down and go to sleep. Of course, there are exceptions such as during the weeks when I practically circumnavigate the globe. Where possible, I try to visit one country per week to have enough time to speak at length with employees and most importantly, customers.
You grew up in India and the United States, have been living in various places in Asia for many years and work for a German company. So where are your roots?
Mumbai is my home as it’s where I was born and where my mother lives. But I also have strong roots in the United States, my wife’s country of birth. My children have spent their entire lives in India, America and Singapore. A lot ties me to all these places - and of course to Munich, where I have spent a lot of time during my career with TÜV SÜD and where I’ve had my office since the middle of last year.