“This is an industry where you can go to bed as a child and wake up as an adult,” says veteran

A japi, the traditional Assamese hat, prominently adorns P Elango’s corner office in Chennai. Quite aptly. The Dirok gas field in Assam is key to the revival of Hindustan Oil Exploration Company (HOEC), which Elango has been leading as Managing Director since 2015. Edited excerpts of a free-wheeling chat with the English literature graduate who went on to head two oil and gas companies, Cai...