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Of wealth and values

Friday, December 14, 2018

So, Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal are now man and wife! While the marriage was beyond-luxurious with all Bollywood’s top-notch stars and international glitterati in attendance, we’re a little awestruck by the opulence of it all. Over a 100 chartered flights flew guests to the pre-wedding and wedding venues;  an earlier engagement ceremony in Lake Como, Italy in September had a fairytale location and film stars; the Ambanis organised 'Anna Seva' and fed over 5,100 people, a majority of them with special abilities for three days in Udaipur; American pop star Beyonce Knowles, who is said to charge between $3-4 million per appearance at private functions, performed at the pre-wedding ceremonies in Udaipur; The 27-floor Ambani residence 'Antilia' in Mumbai was all decked up to host over 600 high-profile guests on the wedding day on Wednesday; former US first lady Hillary Clinton, American politician John Kerry, Saudi Arabia Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, the Bachchans, steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and newly-weds actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas were among the guests who joined the party; a reception and musical concert will be held for the newlyweds in Mumbai today at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC)! Quite frankly, the closest we came to the wedding was, on Wednesday, when we passed by a city police cordon near the Kemps Corner flyover which is close to ‘Antilia’, on our way to a concert at Nariman Point. Subsequently on Carmichael Road we saw the Ambani building lit up like a bejewelled bride from relatively close by. While we’re not disputing that the Ambani wedding was indeed ostentatious, we have this to say, too -- that, despite all their wealth, Mukesh and wife Nita Ambani remain a very rooted and down-to-earth couple. To illustrate, some years ago when a shareholder from Mukesh’s company who was in his eighties at the time (and has since passed away), visited the tycoon at his office for an honest feedback session on Mukesh’s booming group of companies, a humble Mukesh got up from his seat and touched the man’s feet as a mark of genuine respect for his elders. Simple gestures like these convey a man’s values which are indeed priceless, and when genuine, are the greatest treasures in the world.

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