ET Awards 2019: Dada gives a patient hearing; Harsh Goenka takes phone breaks to keep Twitter family happy

RPG Enterprises boss took time out from the awards function for a little poolside R&R.

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Selfie requests began as soon as Sourav Ganguly (L) arrived. Harsh Goenka (file photo - R) had a quick lie-down on a lounge chair by the pool.
Cricket is a big part of Indian culture and also its economy. The BCCI was worth Rs 11,916 crore as per its 2017-8 balance sheet. It was opportune, therefore, that the new BCCI chief, Sourav Ganguly, would be present at the ET Awards for Corporate Excellence.

Requests for selfies began as soon as Ganguly arrived at the hotel. After a break to freshen up and change, he took his place amidst eminent guests from the business and political spheres, like Home Minister Amit Shah, his son and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.

Ganguly spoke little and listened a great deal. For someone who is canny and has bowled as well as batted for India, grasping the nuances of different worlds is unlikely to be a hurdle.


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When you’re a Twitter celebrity, you’ve got to keep your followers updated in real time.

Harsh Goenka, who boasts of 1.5 million Twitter followers, took time out from the awards function for a little poolside R&R. The chairman of RPG Enterprises carefully negotiated the velvet rope barricade to have a quick lie-down on a lounge chair by the pool while he checked his phone. Fifteen minutes and a few tweets later, he got up, combed his hair and went right back to the main event.

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ET Awards 2019: Many Shades Of Blue, Banter, And Boardroom Stars Feted
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The 2019 ET Awards saw leading businessmen and politicians in attendance. From Reliance Industries (RIL) boss Mukesh Ambani to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, big names from all over the country attended the event and celebrated leading businessmen for their work.

The highoctane evening began and ended on a triumphant note. Take a look at some of the best moments from the event.

The 2019 ET Awards saw leading businessmen and politicians in attendance. From Reliance Industries (RIL) boss Mukesh Ambani to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJ..
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At the ET Awards, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reassured India Inc that the Modi-led government has addressed key issues to boost growth. While sounding an optimistic note, she tried to alleviate fears by saying that there were major infrastructure projects lined up as well.

Sitharaman, who was dressed in a green and red silk saree, felicitated Falguni Nayar with the Businesswoman of the Year award. The founder and CEO of Nykaa, while accepting the award, acknowledged her company's contribution to "the way beauty is consumed in India."


Sitharaman also feted E Sreedharan, known as the Metro Man, for his stupendous contribution to the growth of Delhi Metro and its expansion in other cities. The ever-humble Sreedharan while receiving the award on "behalf of colleagues, contractors and suppliers", reiterated that massive infrastructure projects cannot be completed by an individual alone.

At the ET Awards, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reassured India Inc that the Modi-led government has addressed key issues to boost growth. While sounding an optimistic note, she tried to allevi..
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Kumar Mangalam Birla, N Chandrasekaran and Mukesh Ambani comprised front-row audience at the ET Awards on Saturday. While Birla and the Tata Sons boss added a pop of colour to the dress code with their yellow and red ties respectively, Ambani opted for a no-tie look. The trio was seen in an animated conversation with Birla sharing some lively anecdote.

(In pic from left: Kumar Mangalam Birla, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Mukesh Ambani)

Kumar Mangalam Birla, N Chandrasekaran and Mukesh Ambani comprised front-row audience at the ET Awards on Saturday. While Birla and the Tata Sons boss added a pop of colour to the dress code with the..
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From top left: The 2019 ET Awards saw a host of start-up bosses take centre stage. Swiggy Co-Founder and CEO Sriharsha Majety, who was present with his wife Neetha Joy, bagged the Entrepreneur of the Year award. Ola founder Bhavish Aggarwal, who was present with his better half Rajalakshmi, took time to bond with Oyo boss Ritesh Agarwal over Ladakh and dogs.

Bottom left: RPG chairman Harsh Goenka, known for his witty tweets, was seen chatting with Yes Bank MD and CEO Ravneet Gill.


Bottom right: Hero Corporate Services Chairman Sunil Munjal had the undivided attention of Ritesh Agarwal, Aditya Ghosh and Raj Jain as he explained his new, no-shave, bearded look.

From top left: The 2019 ET Awards saw a host of start-up bosses take centre stage. Swiggy Co-Founder and CEO Sriharsha Majety, who was present with his wife Neetha Joy, bagged the Entrepreneur of the..
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From left (clockwise): It was a flashback moment at the ET Awards when Home Minister Amit Shah and FM Nirmala Sitharaman recalled the rich legacy of former FM Arun Jaitley and the high ethical standards set by him. Jaitley, who passed away earlier this year in August, was posthumously honoured with the Lifetime of Public Service award. His wife, Sangeeta Jaitley, and daughter Sonali, made a rare public appearance to receive the honour from Shah.

The famous last surname - Bajaj - continued to make news at ET Awards. While Rahul Bajaj's poser to Amit Shah on "climate of fear" went viral, another Bajaj made news, for the right reasons. Bajaj Finance won the Company of the Year award, with Rajeev Jain, MD & CEO, retracing the firm's journey "from issuing a few thousand loans a year to approximately 27 mn loans this year."


Another India Inc star who shone at the ET Awards was Sanjiv Mehta. The Chairman of HUL, who has been a veteran with the group having served more than two decades, was recognised as the Business Leader of the Year. In a year of slowdown and muted consumer sentiment that has seen the FMCG sector hurt over the past two quarters, Mehta has steered the HUL ship amid choppy waters.


And while he may not have been able to do an encore of his CM act, Devendra Fadnavis emerged a winner. The former Maharashtra CM was recognised as the Business Reformer of the Year award, and in his acceptance speech he emphasised that even in Opposition, he will "continue working to improve the business environment."

From left (clockwise): It was a flashback moment at the ET Awards when Home Minister Amit Shah and FM Nirmala Sitharaman recalled the rich legacy of former FM Arun Jaitley and the high ethical standa..
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Away from making headlines at the ET Awards, Bajaj Group Chairman Rahul Bajaj was spotted in conversation with his contemporary Adi Godrej (extreme left) and the Times Group Chairman Indu Jain. The Godrej Group head and Bajaj have been known to be friends for the past few decades.

Away from making headlines at the ET Awards, Bajaj Group Chairman Rahul Bajaj was spotted in conversation with his contemporary Adi Godrej (extreme left) and the Times Group Chairman Indu Jain. The G..
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From top left clockwise: The ET Awards saw the who's who - cutting across business, industry, politics and civil society - share space and face time. The front row audience included among others former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Godrej Group chairman Adi Godrej, Bajaj Group chairman Rahul Bajaj, Shefali Bajaj, spiritual leader Jaggi Vasudev (also known as Sadhguru), and HUL boss Sanjiv Mehta.

In another corner, Essar heir Prashant Ruia and State Bank of India chairman Rajnish Kumar were seen exchanging notes.

RIL's Executive Director Nikhil Meswani, and Jay Shah - the newly-anointed Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary - were also spotted together, talking cricket and more.

From top left clockwise: The ET Awards saw the who's who - cutting across business, industry, politics and civil society - share space and face time. The front row audience included among others form..
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Blue was the warmest colour at the ET Awards with many guests styling their look in its various hues. FCB India Chairman & CEO Rohit Ohri (left) paired a light-blue Nehru jacket with a blue shirt. Sangeeta Pendurkar, the Chief Executive Officer of Pantaloons at Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited, kept it classy in a cobalt-blue saree with a red border.

Blue was the warmest colour at the ET Awards with many guests styling their look in its various hues. FCB India Chairman & CEO Rohit Ohri (left) paired a light-blue Nehru jacket with a blue shirt. S..
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Women bosses from the ad world set their own style statement at the ET Awards . While Contract India CEO Raji Ramaswamy (left), kept it semi-casual with a blazer and pants and a pink scarf, Tista Sen of Wunderman Thompson wore a powder-green coloured, long ensemble, and sported a black clutch too

Women bosses from the ad world set their own style statement at the ET Awards . While Contract India CEO Raji Ramaswamy (left), kept it semi-casual with a blazer and pants and a pink scarf, Tista Sen..
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