The big picture: (top, from left) K. Dinesh, Roy Eapen Jacob and Nilekani in Tampa, Florida; (left) Nilekani’s book, Imagining India, will release in November.
He is sitting in a conference room adjacent to his office with six Infosys Technologies Ltd employees. Their goal, which also happens to be Nilekani’s pet project, is to make the computer services giant an environmentally sustainable company.
Nilekani lives by certain rules. He sets goalposts for himself — three or four things that he pursues relentlessly. He wants to be “stingy with his time but generous with his money”, to be productive without being busy. Not a great believer in the BlackBerry, he thinks the whole back-and-forth emailing is a waste of time. He likes to pick up the phone and resolve issues.