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e4mChillout: ABP News Network COO is an enthusiastic chef and host on weekends

When you are COO of a news network that runs multiple 24X7 news channels, weekend is indeed a luxury. For the last six months Avinash Pandey has rarely had a five-day week. “I am either working or travelling on one day of the weekend but whenever I am at home there is a lot that I want to do,” says Avinash with a zest. And what follows is a long list of things that he would love to indulge in, only if work permits.

Spending time with his teenage daughter and giving a wash to his dog, Buddy, are a few things that top the list. “I ensure that I go to drop and pick my daughter for her tuition class to catch some exclusive conversation time with her. It is not easy to strike a conversation with a teenager these days,” says the doting father.

Next on his priority list is to have long conversations with his childhood friends with whom he grew up in his hometown Patna. His friends like him are all successful in their respective domains. “One is a diplomat, another a cop and the third one is a renowned journalist,” shares the proud friend.

The weekend remains unsatisfactory if he is not managed to finish at least 100 pages of the book that he is reading. “These days I am reading Sapiens, a brief history of human kind by Yuval Noah Harari. It’s on evolutionary biology and is one of the most gripping books I have ever read,” he adds.

The COO, who has a background in history, loves reading books about historiography, current affairs and evolutionary biology besides management books, which are more for adding to knowledge than leisure time. “I am reading Aveek Sarkar’s recommended book Ardor on the Indus valley civilisation and alternative theory of Hindu religion.  I have read mostly all religious texts including the Quran and the Guru Granth Sahib. Faith is a personal issue but these books are also a matter of history," Avinash says.

The big boss is also a chef at heart. Cooking pasta and experimenting with different kinds of salads is another passion close to his heart. “I love cooking and hosting dinners for my close friends. So far I mostly get very positive feedback for my pasta, cooked in white sauce and salads, from everyone. However, when I cook litti-chokha, my traditional state dish, I have to eat it all alone,” says Avinash with a grin.

Music and cinema does not figure anywhere in the top list. Watching television means mostly watching news channels, his own as well as competitors’. However, once in a while when he can manage he would want to catch up on a film on Netflix. “I am a big fan of Netflix but can watch only when my wife allows me because I only enjoy the movie on full volume.”

But fitness and health remain luxuries that Avinash can only try to splurge on whenever he can. “If I am home on Saturday, I ensure that I spend two hours in gym. Also on Sundays I have a yoga teacher and a masseur coming home but these are luxuries that I can spare time for only once in a while,” he says.

We wish him much more busy weekends and success in life.

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