Travelling taught FarmERP CEO to communicate, forge new connections

Sanjay Borkar feels photography brings a lot of positivity in negative times.

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Photography is a stress buster for Sanjay Borkar.
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The Covid-19 pandemic restrictions have made travelling outside the state or country very difficult. Sanjay Borkar, CEO and Co-founder, FarmERP has been out of the country very frequently before the pandemic.

"Working in a field like agriculture has allowed me to visit many farms. Keeping in mind the precautions and restriction by the government, I visit these farms in my vehicle," he told ET Panache.

Farm first

Borkar would like to travel to South East Asia, places like Vietnam and Thailand that are very scenic. He would love to see their paddy farms.

"Agriculture in these countries is very prominent and we also have some clients there. I am looking forward to visiting Africa, as some of our clients are in Kenya. I have always wanted to take a safari ride, to experience the wildlife there and visit the rainforest reserves," he said.

Hobby
Photography is a stress buster for Borkar. He explained, "Photography allows you to experience and cherish some good moments from your day to day life again. You can visit places, take some pictures and relive those memories. It actually releases stress, allows for a momentary pause from an otherwise busy schedule. It brings a lot of positivity in these negative times, and it also keeps you engaged. I have taken some excellent pictures around the cities and nearby rural areas in this monsoon. It is very beautiful in Pune and Maharashtra, I have gotten some fantastic pictures in the fields we visited."
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Travelling has taught Borkar how important it is to communicate, make new connections and increase your network.

Lessons
"When I get back from my trips and look at the pictures I am reminded of all the new people I met. The lockdown has brought everything to a standstill but allowed me to get in touch with the people I have met all over the world. Though we cannot travel, we could increase our network and be in touch with them through social media," he said.

Borkar visits a lot of places for work but ensure he takes some time and explores these countries.

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"I visited Egypt last year in July, it was fascinating. The pyramids are magnificent, such a historic place. It was riveting to visit one of the seven wonders of the world, to visit their farms and witness the agriculture there, to experience the history and the ancient marvels they are home to," he said.

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Radhika Ghai, Co-founder, ShopClues


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Suresh Rajan Founder, LCR Capital Partners


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Dr Swati Piramal, Vice-chairman, Piramal Enterprises

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Kamal Nandi Business head, Godrej Appliances


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Vikas Khanna, Chef


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Keshav Murugesh Group CEO, WNS and former chairman, NASSCOM


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