Stress Buster

Fitness Freak

Chander Agarwal of TCI on deriving confidence from early-morning jogs and gymming 

Vishal Koul

Peak summers can be really scorching in some parts of the country and Aurangabad is one of them. Chander Agarwal recollects one such instance when he had to drive down to the district in the interior of Maharashtra. ”It was nearly 45 degrees and at such temperatures one wouldn’t dare roll down the car panes even for a minute, but I went about my work in that searing heat,” says Agarwal, attributing the resilience to his daily disciplined gym session — the first activity in the morning that helps him beat stress.

As the joint managing director of Transport Corporation of India, a logistics company with a fleet of 9,000 trucks that claims to move 2.5% of India’s GDP by value, Agarwal knows his job will take him to some of the most remote and toughest locations in the country. But the ability to withstand the vagaries of the job begins from Agarwal’s Vasant Vihar residence, home to a stacked-up basement gym.

While we wonder what an old world machine at one corner was, Agarwal helps us, “This one is in-gym replica of cross country skiing gear. It was supposed to be a really good and coveted piece, when it was introduced (out of use today though).” But there are a plent

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