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If Covid Vanished | On the wish list of Asus India boss: Ganpati celebrations, competing in a triathlon

Arnold Su of Asus India is in Taiwan, and can’t wait to return to Mumbai.

July 25, 2021 / 01:57 PM IST
Arnold Su, Business Head - Consumer and Gaming PC, SYS Business Group, ASUS India.

Arnold Su, Business Head - Consumer and Gaming PC, SYS Business Group, ASUS India.

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His name is Arnold. And he wants to be back. Covid-19 has forced Arnold Su, Business Head, Consumer & Gaming PC, System Business Group, Asus India, to be on an extended stay at home in Taiwan. But Su is waiting to return to Mumbai, where he is based. Among other things, he would like to enjoy a cold one at Mumbai’s Independence Brewing Company, and also experience Maharashtra’s throbbing Ganpati celebrations.

“The love, the zeal and the energy with which this festival is celebrated in India, especially Maharashtra, is commendable,” Su says.

A conversation with Su on things he’d like to do if Covid vanished.


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If Covid went away or became manageable, which city would you like to travel to first and why?

I’m longing to come back to Mumbai and meet all my Indian colleagues and friends. Thanks to technology, we often catch up virtually but being present in Mumbai and connecting with them in person is something I miss.

Which restaurant/ bar would you go to first and why?

Independence Brewing Company, Mumbai, is a fantastic brewery with good music and ambience. I used to visit it almost every week in pre-Covid times.

Which famous stranger would you like to invite home and talk to and why?

I don't have any specific person I want to meet, but I would love to meet more people in person after the pandemic.

What public performance/ occasion would you like to attend?

I love India’s vibrant culture and the spirit of festivity is an add-on to the positive vibe. I cannot wait to attend the Ganpati festival. The love, the zeal and the energy with which this festival is celebrated in India, especially Maharashtra, is commendable. I guess we will have to wait until 2022 for things to become normal so that we can celebrate the festival with the same essence and enthusiasm.

What group activity would you like to participate in?

I’m looking forward to going for my yoga classes. While I have been attending the virtual sessions for the past two months, nothing would beat the energy of a physical class.

Other than that, my son and I used to share a fun routine which was a great stress-buster. We often used to go to the public park where we would play, run or simply unwind amidst the greenery. I would love to re-initiate our father-son bonding sessions and go back to nature once the pandemic is over.

What new skill would you like to learn?

I’m an ardent jogger. I have completed three full marathons and around ten half marathons so far. I am also a passionate cyclist. I completed one round of Taiwan (around 1050 km) in just ten days. My next goal is to enhance my swimming. It is not a new skill that I want to learn but you can say it is a skill which I would like to master, so that I can participate in a new challenge – triathlon.

A song that comes to mind when you think of a Covid-free world.

There is this nice Taiwanese song by S.H.E., which means ‘a beautiful new world’ in English. I love listening to this song, especially on days when I need some positive affirmations. It gives me hope and assurance for a happy and positive future.

What would your approach to money be for life post Covid?

My approach to money will not change much. I will continue to value my life even more and live to the fullest. The pandemic has shown us all the value of little things in life and how uncertain time can be. I will try to fulfil all my dreams and pursue the things I love.

What new invention/ gadget would you like to see that would help us deal with future pandemics?

Well, since we are all working from home, having a fast laptop which can help us complete tasks efficiently and at the same time cater to our personal needs, is something that would make our work and life more balanced. With technology getting efficient, we can have more time to ourselves, which can be spent with our loved ones and in pursuing our hobbies.

What would your motto be for life after the pandemic?

The pandemic has constantly brought me back to the famous phrase used in John Lennon’s song ‘Beautiful Boy’ - Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

So, my motto would be to spend more time with family and my sons. I want to experience them growing up while growing along with them.
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