Stress Buster

Nature lover

For Yudhishthir Khatau of Varun Shipping, staying outdoors is more of a regime than a welcome break

Soumik Kar

Be it watching the sun rise over the horizon when he’s on his daily run or watching it set while he sails, be it while water skiing in calm waters or just when he’s fishing, Yudhishthir Khatau is clearly in love with nature. “I don’t miss any chance to enjoy the best that nature has to offer clean air, greenery, water,” mentions the 47-year-old chairman and managing director of Varun Shipping, staring out the window of his sun-lit room in the Ballard Estate area of south Mumbai. Much of this love for nature stems from Khatau’s childhood days in Kenya, where his family resided since the late 1960s. “There was no television or video games and nature was all we had. It was quite normal to spend time watching Lake Victoria every evening,” he recalls. He spent the first 11 years of his life in Kenya before moving to Mumbai. “Being in the shipping business probably helps me be closer to nature,” admits Khatau. 

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