Learning music was a mood booster for Dolby Labs’ head of emerging markets during the pandemic


Pankaj Kedia, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, Dolby Laboratories, can’t wait to get back to traveling after spending so much time at home. But, he still took the opportunity to furnish his house (with a little help from his wife who is an interior designer) to ensure that it is conducive to telecommuting. Read on to find out what this top boss is looking forward to and how he has managed to navigate the WFH and stay positive.

Missed matches:
I miss traveling. For me, traveling is a very enriching and enriching experience. I love to explore new places and meet new people. The other thing is the cinema. I can’t wait for cinemas to open up and catch up with my favorite movies with the great cinema experience. Plus, I think the one thing everyone has missed the most while being confined to the house is the interpersonal interaction. As soon as the restrictions are lifted, I look forward to meeting our partners, consumers and employees. Being confined to the house has really taught us the importance of in-person human interaction.

Home truths:
The first destination on our list is India. It has been over a year since we visited our friends and family in India. While we were able to virtually stay in touch with our loved ones, we missed seeing them in person. So our priority right now is to travel to India to see our friends and family and have a good time with them.

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Can’t wait to enjoy a spa in Bali and enjoy the sunset from the Rock Bar. It’s a great place to return for a quick family getaway.

Taste of life:
Rocking Rickshaw in Singapore is one of my favorite places to dine. In addition to the delicious food, the club organizes shows from local groups. The music, the atmosphere, the rhythms are unique and inspiring. They also host open mics to let you unleash your talent and creativity, I enjoyed seeing some of my friends playing these open mics.

Technical update:
I invested in a pair of headphones and a larger screen as the number of calls during the day increased. I also have this USB condenser microphone for better audio clarity during calls and use it for my music lessons and workouts as well. Another thing I have invested in that is not tech centric is setting up a home office and my wife, who is an interior designer, helped me create a nice backdrop for all my virtual meetings, both functional and comfortable.

Mood booster:
I am passionate about music. Listening and also learning music has been my biggest mood booster during the pandemic. Having different routines and rituals around music throughout the day, whether listening to music or practicing in the morning, has helped me stay focused and productive. Lately I have also started mixing my meditation with music – it relaxes me and boosts my creative energy. Being at home made me cherish and value the process of finishing work and getting home because working from home has blurred the lines a bit. Having an end of day ritual really helped me. Whether it’s walking, swimming, yoga, or something as simple as taking a bath at the end of the workday, it really helps you switch off and disconnect from work.

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