Banker, Entrepreneur, DJ; with hopes of doing much more. Meet Ashish Rajkhowa, a versatile personality who believes in bending the rules ‘his way’. Elaborating on the philosophy that drives him to stray from the beaten path, he says, “It’s just a matter of time before today begins to feel like the status quo and I find something more, extra, exciting to do. But one thing for sure, I do not believe in quitting and I believe – a human being’s mind just needs to be trained and anything is possible. Not looking to do anything different but to do more.”
I do not believe in quitting and I believe – a human being’s mind just needs to be trained and anything is possible.”
Ashish’s journey began in Guwahati, Assam. An all-rounder, he was good at academics with a keen interest in sports and other extra-curricular activities. His wide range of interests have helped him befriend many people. Ashish believes that knowing people who have diverse interests and perspectives have helped in forming his own personality, leading to great success in his endeavours – career and otherwise.
Despite being quite the path breaker, Ashish’ humility leads him to feel differently, “Giving up something you are doing well at for an alternate career, for a bigger better cause can be classified as “bending the rule. However, I am not that bold to give away something that’s working well for me.”
Giving up something you are doing well at for an alternate career, for a bigger better cause can be classified as “bending the rule. However, I am not that bold to give away something that’s working well for me.”
From the very start Ashish has always done his own thing, following his heart and instincts, without paying heed to the common trend. While most of his peers were getting into business schools, he chose to start working right out of college because he just didn’t want to settle for a school that didn’t match his aspirations. Commenting on his decision, he says, “Not doing an MBA helped me think differently, have an open mind, consider all jobs equally. One very important but harsh reason was because I did not want to be tagged with a market value based on the school that I attended; but was able to define my own worth my own way.”
Challenging experiences have only made Ashish bolder, stronger and better. For instance, his stint in New York, a city vastly different from his relaxed and calm home town of Guwahati, has made him outspoken and driven. Also, he attributes much of his growth to his career as a banker where he held a senior position in a leading investment bank at a fairly young age. “This experience has helped me evolve as a person as I kept reaching milestones in my career. Varied working experience in terms people, location and culture has taught me all the core fundamentals of running an organization, with diverse perspectives. I have adopted a lot of core values in my personal life.”
A truly motivated individual finds inspiration everywhere. Such is the case with Ashish. “I have always drawn inspiration from people I have interacted with. I always feel everyone is special and if you look deeper, every individual or at least most have something that will inspire you. This has given me the motivation to do things differently, to challenge the status quo.”
I always feel everyone is special and if you look deeper, every individual or at least most have something that will inspire you. This has given me the motivation to do things differently, to challenge the status quo.”
Ashish became drawn to music in the latter half of his teen years, with a special interest in rock, heavy metal, old school, rock and roll. This enthusiasm for music eventually led to him performing as a DJ, singer and guitarist in Bangalore. As a DJ he started out with old school rock and roll, but is now into deep house and progressive house. His search for an alternate DJ name continues.
`How did he move from being a banking professional to a DJ to the owner of one of the most happening spots in Bangalore? Wanting to break out of his comfort zone, Ashish decided to take yet another risk (calculated and safe as he calls it). “I just had to look around at people I knew, and it wasn’t too difficult to get inspired again. I decided to enter into a venture with a few friends. – A Night Club, The Warehouse.”, he says, explaining his decision.
Future plans for Ashish are a continuation of his journey so far. Stretching himself and keeping busy, doing multiple things that interest him – be it investing in another venture, consulting, or lending a helping hand to a friend.
Pushing himself, testing limits and constantly looking to do more, Ashish Rajkhowa is Bold in always choosing the uncertain road.
Be different, but for yourself, to pursue your dreams, to live out your aspirations and blaze your path.