Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Sabre Travel Solutions’ Rakesh Narayanan

This week, Sabre’s regional general manager told us about the time he witnessed an armed robbery in a five-star restaurant. We think we’ll stick with the kebab shop down the road.

The challenge for the industry is…

Innovating at the speed of customer expectations.

The things I like about my job are…

Enabling the dream of travel for all.

And the frustrations are…

Red tape.

If I didn’t work in travel, I would be…

A neural networks research scholar.

My favourite airline is…

The one that consistently delivers on expectations.

My proudest moment was…

Teach Vedic math to kids and then see them actually apply it.

The naughtiest thing I ever did was…

Making my boss think he was dialling a wrong number by always speaking a different language when he called.

I try to relax by…

Making sure I do regular breathing exercises.

The last time I feared for my life was…

In an armed robbery at a 5-star restaurant.

If I can, I always try to avoid…

Checking-in luggage.

I really wish I had…

More time in a day.

The best advice I’ve ever received was…

“We” can get more done than “I” can.

I don’t understand why people…

Hold back on trying new experiences.

My greatest weakness is…

Tears.

And my greatest strength is…

The people that surround me.

If I won a $1 million lottery, (aside from travelling) I would…

Sponsor education programs for the under-privileged.

If I was prime minister, I would…

Make it easier for the world to experience the uniqueness of my country.

If I could be someone else for one day, I would be…

A fighter pilot.

I’ve always wanted to travel to…

The North Pole.

My favourite holiday was…

Touring without the use of my mobile phone and internet access.

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