Interview with Arif Sheikh – Motivational Speaker from Udaipur

Arif Sheikh, Udaipur’s very own, his valiant efforts backed by the strong determination with AIPL/EWDPL leadership team brought first Organized Sector Celebration Mall and First Corporate backed integrated township to Udaipur while working as President/CEO of MNC’s. His last Assignment in India was, CEO with Gammon India.

Arif sheikh Udaipur

He had battled against all corporate challenges and reached the pinnacle of success, perhaps among the very few from Rajasthan, corporate executives who enjoyed corporate jet for his traveling from the company where he worked, supported numerous business houses in Rajasthan for scaling up, trouble shooting, exponential growth strategies due to his deep rooted affection for the city of lakes.

Arif Sheikh is highly passionate about students from Udaipur by visiting different colleges/universities for guest lectures on career, provided assignment and jobs to hundreds from Udaipur in his companies, alleviate awareness for Udaipur kids as to how to survive when they enter the corporate jungle, infused hope among young entrepreneurs. 

Arif Sheikh, who is from Udaipur undoubtedly, a living proof and exemplar of humanity. His selfless help and support to students, business houses, and entrepreneurs from Udaipur is an example of how love for Udaipur over rides any global responsibilities. Last Year received Global leadership/Iconic leader award along with others like Adi Godrej, Chanda Kocher, Gautam Singhania, Satya Nadella, and Amartya Sen. He also won Global excellence in leadership award in 1999.

This morning students from 9 different colleges met Arif sheikh over tea and ask him some questions, following is the rapid fire round Q&A. All who are reading are welcome to post their questions and we will soon publish top 10 Questions and Arif’s answer and will post it next week.


What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Where would you like to live?

What would your super power be?
Mind control.

What makes you unhappy?
Lack of sleep.

What does love feel like?
Like rainbows .

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“I can’t talk right now, I’ve got Shahrukh khan on the other line.”

What has been your biggest disappointment?
That I spent so many years outside Udaipur.

How do you relax?
By sleeping.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Getting more sleep.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Hard work will get you very far.

Where would you most like to be right now?
Having dinner with my Udaipur school friends at my ­favorite restaurant.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Feelings of superiority.

What do you owe your parents?
Everything , from a  sense of humor( more from my father), perspective, and determination. I feel like we all become our parents in some ways, even they both no more , they are still alive. I have plenty of memories of my parents and I was able to, in some ways, continue my relationship with them by watching my family around.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I’m 5ft 6in, so would like to be taller.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
“You can’t!”

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
Lots of people in Udaipur- my friends, my family , mainly for being so absent from their lives while I was concentrating on my career.

Which word or phrase do you most overuse?
“Awesome great job , keep it up.”

Where would you most like to be right now?
I’m very happy where I am. I love where we live, I love what I do;

When were you happiest? 
I am happy now.

What is the worst comment anyone’s said to you?
“And you are…?”