The Genesis of Friday Gurgaon
The passion for the project and business of a newspaper stems from two basic premises.
First, that a well-read person is a big positive by himself/herself; and more importantly
as a member of society, as a citizen. Reading opens our mind and heart to the opinions
and feelings of others; apart from of course informing and educating us. And we
are not talking of any particular reading, or some "serious" reading only.
Second, a newspaper specifically provides a wonderful opportunity to represent as
well as influence fellow society members for the common good-to think and act more
responsibly, and especially, with greater care towards one another, other living
beings, and nature. Most citizens are part of a "silent majority" - and should find
Arap Media Ventures Pvt. Ltd. is a media company that has been promoted by Atul
Sobti; with support from a few like minded professionals.
Friday Gurgaon is published once a week. And it is complemented by a website.
Friday Gurgaon hopes to keep hope, and some fine traditions alive by being credible
and relevant. News, after all, is a public trust. We inform, analyse, interpret,
investigate, educate, and guide - but equally importantly, we like to build agendas,
to add value, to urge action.
Keeping in step with young, modern India, Friday Gurgaon aims to find answers, and
be a part of the solution -not just throw up questions, and just be a part of the
problem. We must build hope, not cynicism - even, and especially when, confronted
with negative news. We definitely would like to present both, or all, sides - as
well as our corroboration.
At Friday Gurgaon we believe our readers want us to go beyond the headlines. We
want that our readers should read... feel... ponder... act.
Friday Gurgaon is a quality paper, with quality imported newsprint, and an all-colour
presentation. You will find news, reviews, features, columns, syndications-across
a variety of topics, and across Gurgaon 360. These are informative, insightful,
serious, funny and very visual, very participative-especially when integrated with
Friday Gurgaon has a team of over 20 fresh and experienced employees-across editorial,
desk, design, production, distribution and business functions.
About Atul Sobti
Till August 2010, Atul Sobti was the Managing Director & CEO of Ranbaxy Laboratories
ltd., India’s top pharmaceutical company, a Rs. 7,000 + crores company—and arguably
India’s most global company. He was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for over 2
years, before taking charge as MD & CEO.
Prior to Rranbaxy, he was the Executive Director – Business Operations at Hero Honda
Motors Ltd. (a joint venture with Honda Motors, Japan, for two-wheelers). As Executive
Director, he was in charge of sales and marketing, finance, and HR.
Atul is a post-graduate (MBA) from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management
(IIM), Ahmedabad. his graduation is in Economics (Honours), from St. Stephens College,
Delhi; and schooling from the The Lawrence School, Sanawar (Simla Hills).
He has a total of over 34 years corporate experience – with responsible senior positions
also in Modi Xerox Ltd. (An erstwhile JV with Rank Xerox) and Elbee Services Ltd.
(A courier/express company, that had a service tie-up with UPS).