Hailing from the illustrious and distinguished Gadgil family that has been a pioneer in the gold and jewellery industry in India, the young scion Saurabh Gadgil is a force to be reckoned with. Being the Managing Director of a brand as big and illustrious as P.N.G Jewelers is difficult to say the least but this man makes it seem like the easiest job in the world.
In conversation with Nupur Jaisinghani.
How did your interest in the family business come about?
It was a natural progression for me. I was exposed to it from a very young age. I would help out in the shop on my days off when I was in high school and college. Luckily, my family has always been open. They never pressurized me to do something I didn’t want to. But the jewelry business had always fascinated me. In fact, when I was pursuing my MBA I did my internship with the Reserve Bank of India in the gold market. It was all very interesting to me and to this day, I enjoy what I do. When I finished my Masters, I started working full time and became actively involved in the business. Again, luckily, everyone was open to change and new ideas so the transition became easier for me.
What is the one thing you learnt from your elders that has influenced your work ethic?
Both my father and grandfather have been very influential in my life. They always taught me to be happy with what I do. They didn’t believe in bringing work back home and that’s something I follow as well. I remember my grandfather used to tell me to never limit myself in terms of what I can and can’t do. He always said if you’re ambitious then work towards it and always aim for more and try to maintain a balance between your work and home.
If you weren’t who you are, then what would you be?
(laughs) I don’t know… I’d probably be an investment banker or a fashion designer. I know they’re extremes but I’m a bit like that. They both are areas I’m extremely interested in so who knows?
Besides work, what is it that interests you?
Besides spending time with my kids, I love reading and travelling. The thrill of visiting a new city or country and exploring new cultures and meeting the people there never gets old for me. Every time I visit a new place I like trying things I don’t get to do in India like scuba diving, sky diving, adventure sports and such. I like playing chess as well. I used to be a state level player at one point in my life, but now it’s just a hobby for me.