Mark Sutch has been heading the India operations of Cathay Pacific for the last three years. He has been with the airlines for more than two decades, and has lived in nine countries. He was born in Hong Kong and studied Chinese as a major at universities in the UK and China. The Mumbai-based executive has two passions—collecting and making wine, and vintage aviation.
As soon as my alarm goes off at 6.30am, I switch on my television in the bedroom and get my daily dose of global news updates. By 7am, I make breakfast, which is usually a bowl of seasonal fruit and a fried egg on toast.
I use my elliptical machine for 20-30 minutes each evening, as I struggle to find time to exercise in the morning. I am lucky to have access to a swimming pool and, sometimes, I do 20 lengths of the pool. I have had three knee operations from previous sports injuries, so I avoid very intense workouts these days.
When I don’t have a dinner or a work event after office, I try to be in bed by 10.30pm, read a few pages of a book and, hopefully, be asleep by 11pm. I think we need at least five to six hours of sleep, but it gets harder with age—as I am finding out.
Food For Fuel
Pomegranate is something I swear by. I have it every morning with breakfast. Usually I have only a couple of coffees per day, and a cup of herbal tea works great in the evenings. I like ginger a lot, and I try to stick to a raw diet as much as possible.
How I Find My Zen
Bizarrely, I find TV cooking shows a great way to relax. I love cooking and I love watching some of these great TV chefs at work. On weekends, I ride my Royal Enfield bike exploring parts of Mumbai that I don’t usually get to see.