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The Essential List

The Essential List: Sakshi Choudhary

Ogilvy Mumbai’s creative controller shares her striking photography and top tips

The Essential List: Sakshi Choudhary

Everywhere we look, Sakshi Choudhary is being lauded as one to watch and an emerging creative leader of the Indian ad scene. Last year she was featured on LBB as one of the women ‘shaking up India’s creative scene’ and she’s been lauded as ‘Next Creative Leader’ by The One Club and the 3% Conference.

But while Sakshi is undoubtedly an increasingly influential presence in a traditionally male-dominated creative market, there’s also a lot more to her than accolades. She’s straight up cool and we wanted to find out what really makes her tick. That’s why we’ve asked Sakshi for her Essential List.


o Place of birth: Pathankot, India

o Hometown: Jammu, India

By the banks of the Tawi River in Jammu

o Staycation: Kumarakom, Kerala 
Hazy days on the water in Kumarakom

o Vacation: Tuscany, Italy and San Juan, Puerto Rico

The colourful streets of San Juan

o Place of work: Ogilvy, Mumbai

o Place of workout: Ogilvy, Mumbai

o Mode of transport: The Indian Autorickshaw 

o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: Ear phones and books

Exploring the winding hillside towns of Tuscany


o Artist: Amrita Sher-Gil, Frida Kahlo and Banksy

o Musician: Norah Jones

o Commercials director: Dougal Wilson

o Film director: Damien Chazelle

o Photographer: Annie Leibovitz, Nikki S. Lee, Pablo Bartholomew

o Film: La la Land

o Series: Line of Duty, Parks and Recreation 

o Commercial: 
Bus – Fevicol 

We’re the Superhumans – Channel 4

o Music Video: This is America

o Book: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

o Magazine: The New Yorker

Food and Drink

o Restaurant: O Pedro, Mumbai

o Cheap bite: Any Vada Paav stall

o Working lunch: Starbucks

o Dish: Butter Chicken by Mum

o Snack: Aloo tikki chaat

o Guilty Pleasure: Profiteroles and Roshogulla 

o Bar: Toast & Tonic

o Tipple: Gin & Tonic, Desperados

o Soft Tipple: Tomato Juice

o Miscellaneous food: Oysters and Buffalo Wild Wings

o Miscellaneous Beverage: Coconut Water


o Phone: Apple iPhone

o Computer: Macbook Air

o TV: None

o Headphones: JBL

o Camera: Nikon D3100

o Where you document an idea:On the back of bills

o App: Headspace

o Website: 

o Work program: My absolutely fantastic team

o Digital work tool:  MS Word

o Grooming: Kajal (Classic Indian Kohl)

o Miscellaneous Kit Essential: Water Bottle

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