CHATLINE Srinivasan H.R., vice-chairman of TAKE Solutions, talks to PRINCE FREDERICK about the challenges of balancing business and sport and placing Indian corporate golf on the global map
“It’s more about what to be off than what to be on, isn’t it?” quips a lean and fit Srinivasan H.R., while responding to a question about his diet. Srinivasan’s responses to varied subjects during the interaction, largely pivoted around his efforts to promote golf through muscle developed from his entrepreneurial success, show this wisdom goes beyond suppertime, permeates his life, and keeps him grounded whether it is work or play.
One pitfall he has steered clear of, both in business (he is vision holder and vice-chairman of TAKE Solutions, an information technology company specialising in life sciences and supply chain management that he founded in 2001) and in his mission to bring more visibility for golf in India, is: keeping too many irons in the fire.
“Corporates can support any sport in three ways: develop sporting facilities, groom talent and generate corporate interest in the sport,” he explains. “Taking a realistic view of our strengths, we went in for the third option, accepting the challenge of running the Indian segment of the annual World Corporate Golf Challenge that involves over 40 Commonwealth countries. We stayed with this task for a long time.” The single-mindedness seems to have paid off. From an 80-player, single-venue tournament, TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge (TSWCGC), as the Indian leg is known, has grown into a 1,000-player championship that is staged across six metros representing various regions of the country.
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