Desert Island Desks

Atul Bansal, Owner, Sheila Bird Group 

Atul Bansal, the Co-founder of the Sheila Bird Group, epitomises his motto, ‘Love what you do’, and breathes life and love into every one of his projects. Known for his magnetic energy, his creativity and frank and honest approach, he understands the effects workspaces have on teams and a business. 

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IPAD 

You’ll often find me doodling on my iPad. My creative mind needs to be occupied so, on a desert island, I’d need a solar powered iPad. My Apple pencil would be close at hand too, but I’d maybe set about creating the eco-island limited edition, crafted from driftwood. Apple, please take note. 

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UNIVERSAL SIM CARD 

I need my universal SIM card, made by ‘Martians on Mars’, so that I could carry on doing and creating lots of secret things! 

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SHARP KNIFE 

I’m a lover not a fighter, but a sharp knife would be essential, mainly for cooking with – but it could turn out to be a handy survival tool too!

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INGREDIENTS 

While we’re on food…my four key ingredients, to make anything and everything I cook taste like it’s worth eating, are chilies, lemons, ginger and garlic. Don’t ask me what fish I’d wrestle with to serve with my ingredients – that’s another story. 

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EMPTY WHISKY BOTTLE

I’d need an empty whisky bottle, so I’m reminded of what I’m missing out on when it’s gone. I could wait in vain hope of some passing pirates to top me up. 

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SATSUMAS

Food. Obviously. There’s no greater, refreshing source of vitamin C than the humble satsuma. So, a tree that grows unlimited easy peel satsumas please.

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PEGGIE

I would take my daughter’s sausage dog, Peggie. She loves me unconditionally and would be great company.

TRACKS FOR THE JUKEBOX:

Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me – Just in case I get lonely.

Gypsy Kings – Bamboleo – Great track to dance to among the satsuma trees.

Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream – Because it proves anything is possible and dreams can come true.

Lady Gaga – I’ll Never Love Again (from the film A Star Is Born) – It’s the best film I’ve seen this year! And because it made me cry.