Indira Gandhi's thank-you note to JRD Tata for perfumes now on display at revamped Bombay House

The Tata Experience Centre gives visitors get an insight into the history of the century-old group.

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Indira Gandhi (L) and JRD Tata (R).
When Bombay House, the iconic Tata group headquarters in Mumbai, reopened a month ago after extensive restoration work, all eyes were set on the modern new look that the building sported internally. One of the highlights of Bombay House 2.0 is the Tata Experience Centre, a digital museum. It is aimed at giving visitors an immersive experience into the world of Tata using digital technologies for effective storytelling.

Visitors get an insight into the history of the century-old group that has given India some towering business personalities.

There are gems from the group’s archives such as a letter written by the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi to JRD Tata. In the letter, Gandhi thanked Tata for the perfumes sent from a cosmetics company which the group owned at the time. Those were simple times.
Gandhi, Nehru: A Look At Real Heroes Of India Inc From The Independence Era
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Turning the lens back on those photos of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru with some big corporate names of the time.

In pic: Mahatma Gandhi (left) and then PM Jawaharlal Nehru at the old JD(S) office which became new Congress Bhavan after the Congress party occupied the building after fighting years long legal battle, at Race course road in Bengaluru.
Turning the lens back on those photos of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru with some big corporate names of the time. In pic: Mahatma Gandhi (left) and then PM Jawaharlal Nehru at the old JD(S) of..
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The incoming and outgoing presidents of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Tulsidas Kilachand (left) and K D Jalan (right) escort Nehru as he arrives to inaugurate the 23rd Annual Day of the Federation on March 11, 1950 in New Delhi.
The incoming and outgoing presidents of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Tulsidas Kilachand (left) and K D Jalan (right) escort Nehru as he arrives to inaugurate the 23rd Ann..
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Nehru is being greeted by Purushotamdas Thakurdas (centre) on his arrival at the offices of the Indian Merchants Chamber as industrialist Naval Tata (extreme left) looks on.
Nehru is being greeted by Purushotamdas Thakurdas (centre) on his arrival at the offices of the Indian Merchants Chamber as industrialist Naval Tata (extreme left) looks on.
JRD Tata (centre) receives Nehru at Santacruz Airport with other dignitaries on his return from the United Nations. Tata asked Nehru about his experience of flying Air India’s ‘Everest’ flight.
JRD Tata (centre) receives Nehru at Santacruz Airport with other dignitaries on his return from the United Nations. Tata asked Nehru about his experience of flying Air India’s ‘Everest’ flight.
Mahatma Gandhi with Jamnalal Bajaj (left). Here, Bajaj was collecting funds for his Harijan Welfare program.
Mahatma Gandhi with Jamnalal Bajaj (left). Here, Bajaj was collecting funds for his Harijan Welfare program.
Ramdas Kilachand (left), president of the Indian Merchants Chambers, hosted a reception in honour of then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on April 26, 1948, at his Napean Sea Road residence, Bombay.
Ramdas Kilachand (left), president of the Indian Merchants Chambers, hosted a reception in honour of then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on April 26, 1948, at his Napean Sea Road residence, Bombay.
Gandhi came to Bombay on January 17, 1936 to attend to his health. He was staying at RD Birla’s bungalow in Juhu. This picture was taken as he was leaving for his morning stroll.
Gandhi came to Bombay on January 17, 1936 to attend to his health. He was staying at RD Birla’s bungalow in Juhu. This picture was taken as he was leaving for his morning stroll.



On Ratan Tata's 80th Birthday, Some Life Lessons From The Man Himself
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Ratan Tata turns 80 on Thursday. From starting his career on the shop floor of Tata Steel in the 1960s, and handling the blast furnace, to heading the Tata Group as Chairman, it has been a long and eventful journey for him. Being a part of a large conglomerate like the Tatas and leading it came with its own set of challenges. And, naturally, Tata has gone through plenty of ups and downs - failed ventures, disputes, losses - in his professional life. But, like a true fighter, he has always managed to overcome all odds.

As the business icon turns a year older, here's looking back at some of his oft-used quotes that have been his life mantra.

Ratan Tata turns 80 on Thursday. From starting his career on the shop floor of Tata Steel in the 1960s, and handling the blast furnace, to heading the Tata Group as Chairman, it has been a long an..

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"Life is unfair and it’s nowhere written to be fair. But it’s not only you or me, it’s for everyone. My talent differs from yours and yours from another person’s, but we have equal chances to succeed in our respective fields. When there’s a will, there’s a way."

"Life is unfair and it’s nowhere written to be fair. But it’s not only you or me, it’s for everyone. My talent differs from yours and yours from another person’s, but we have equal chances to succeed..
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"We always complain some external factors for our failure and misery. But the reality is none of them affect your dreams unless you give them the power to do so. Be focused on what you want to do and go ahead, success won’t be far from you."

"We always complain some external factors for our failure and misery. But the reality is none of them affect your dreams unless you give them the power to do so. Be focused on what you want to do and..
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"A life without excitement, ups and downs is too much boring and dull. You need to be a storyteller to your grandchildren, why don’t prepare for that from now? We get this life only once, experience every aspect of it. No one ever have grown without falling once, fail as many times as you can, then only you can succeed. So quit complaining and start exploring."

"A life without excitement, ups and downs is too much boring and dull. You need to be a storyteller to your grandchildren, why don’t prepare for that from now? We get this life only once, experience ..
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“Take the stones people throw at you, and use them to build a monument.”

“Take the stones people throw at you, and use them to build a monument.”

“I admire people who are very successful. But if that success has been achieved through too much ruthlessness, then I may admire that person, but I can’t respect him.”

“I admire people who are very successful. But if that success has been achieved through too much ruthlessness, then I may admire that person, but I can’t respect him.”

“No one can destroy iron, but its own rust can! Likewise, no ne can destroy a person, but its own mindset can!”

“No one can destroy iron, but its own rust can! Likewise, no ne can destroy a person, but its own mindset can!”

“The day I am not able to fly will be a sad day for me.”

“The day I am not able to fly will be a sad day for me.”

"The people you meet in this life, all won’t be good to you. Some will criticize, some will de-motivate and some will try to pull you down. All you have to do is ignore them and move on. You don’t need to explain them your journey nor let them control your dreams. This is your life, live as you want."

"The people you meet in this life, all won’t be good to you. Some will criticize, some will de-motivate and some will try to pull you down. All you have to do is ignore them and move on. You don’t ne..
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"Businesses need to go beyond the interest of their companies to the communities they serve.”

"Businesses need to go beyond the interest of their companies to the communities they serve.”

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