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Morning Stars | Mercedes-Benz India's R&D boss on rushed cold baths during university to coordinated wardrobe now

Manu Saale, CEO, Mercedes-Benz R&D India's (MBRDI) mornings are no longer some torturous form of the Winter Olympics.

November 03, 2020 / 10:25 AM IST

Note to readers: Morning Stars is a series of interviews with achievers across fields about their morning routine and how they get ready for the day ahead. Mornings bring optimism and a fresh start. And how we spend them sets the tone for the day.

As a student at the University of Mysore in Hassan, Manu Saale would have a cold water bath and then endure a shiver-inducing bicycle ride to the canteen to find something palatable. Today, as the CEO of Mercedes-Benz R&D India (MBRDI), his mornings are no longer some torturous form of the Winter Olympics. After waking up amidst greenery in his Bengaluru home, Saale gets ready for his day with a combination of Pranayam, fruit, music and lemon tea. And finding hot masala dosa, which he would crave for at University but never find in the canteen, is presumably not an issue anymore.

Excerpts from a chat with Saale on how he starts his day.

 Are you a morning person? What do you like/ dislike about mornings?