Janaki Kirloskar is the chief executive of Kika Tableware. After working for over a decade in her family’s 130-year-old engineering business, Kirloskar, 38, decided to step out into the entrepreneurial world four years ago and launch her own brand of affordable luxurious tableware. With a degree in industrial engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, US, Kirloskar has a keen eye for decor, fashion and style. She brings bold and modern designs to the tabletop with her unique tableware inspired by her travel and the world around her.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travel. I love to see new places and make memories and expand on my experiences.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Obedience. It works when in school or certain professions like military. But in my opinion, not so relevant in everyday life and dealings.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I seem to always rhetorically ask, “May I say something," before I speak, and say it before the other person can respond.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to be a polyglot. I believe languages break barriers and it would be amazing to be able to speak many languages.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I think I go to sleep too early, so I would love to have the ability to be a night owl and stay up late into the night.

If you were to die and come back as a person, what would it be?

I would love to come back as Roger Federer. He embodies what legends are made of.

What is your most marked characteristic?

I am focused, really organized and a perfectionist.

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