India Inc's winter's tale: Jindals host 2019 bash in the Alps; Isha-Sonam's art bonding; Rewant Ruia's 'sangeet' at Mumbai home

A rundown of whispers and murmurs in the corporate corridors.

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From Sonam-Isha's display of 'girl power' to Rewant Ruia's sangeet; a weekly round-up of whispers and murmurs in the corporate world.
From Sonam Kapoor and Isha Ambani Piramal joining hands with architect Rooshad Shroff’s Gyaan Project to Rewant Ruia's secret sangeet ceremony, we've got you covered.

Raise a Toast

Sarna wanted to call on the staff and several of his old mates but we hear some of them were a little uneasy meeting their old boss or public displays of affection.
Sarna wanted to call on the staff and several of his old mates but we hear some of them were a little uneasy meeting their old boss or public displays of affection.

The former boss of Taj Hotels, Rakesh Sarna ,was back in Mumbai recently to attend the wedding of an old colleague’s kid. He wanted to call on the staff and several of his old mates but we hear some of them were a little uneasy meeting their old boss or public displays of affection, considering his exit at the peak of the Tata-Mistry imbroglio. Sensing this, his successor Puneet Chhatwal stepped in and decided to host a gala reception by Team Taj for Sarna and his shagirds.


A Different Deepavali

Mumbai’s most eligible bachelor Rewant Ruia we all know is getting hitched with London-based fiance Karishma Choraria.
Mumbai’s most eligible bachelor Rewant Ruia we all know is getting hitched with London-based fiance Karishma Choraria.

He may occasionally dress up like the Joker with smudged face paint for a costume party or go sailing off the Cote d’Ivoire but Mumbai’s most eligible bachelor Rewant Ruia we all know is getting hitched with London-based fiance Karishma Choraria. Last weekend, the Ruia bungalow hosted a grand sangeet for the couple. More than the party and the music, the guests loved the hundreds of diyas that lit up the Arabian Sea off Marine Drive.

Alpine Affair
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Parth and Anushree Jindal flew down a bunch of their buddies to the opulent chalets of Courvechel 1850, a village so named for its altitude in metres.
Parth and Anushree Jindal flew down a bunch of their buddies to the opulent chalets of Courvechel 1850, a village so named for its altitude in metres. (Instagram/ parthjindal)

Jindal Junior decided that the French Alps were hot enough for his immediate family and friends to hang out and celebrate this winter. So Parth and Anushree Jindal flew down a bunch of their buddies to the opulent chalets of Courvechel 1850, a village so named for its altitude in metres. From Shloka and Akash Ambani to Keshav and Veena Reddy, the ski resort was booked out for the young Turks. It was good to see the bond only getting stronger beyond a generation.

Life’s a Beach
From snow-clad peaks to the beaches of Thailand, India Inc’s generation next sure knows how to shake a leg or two in the festive season. One handsome and single gentleman, caught on the wrong side of the law earlier this year, was seen having a good time with Shweta Bachchan and her socialite friends at one of the resorts.

Hum Paanch
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Everyone that we know of is awestruck by this band of brothers, some of whom have been thick since their schooldays. The glue we hear is the billionaire scion or shall we say his doting parents who have literally taken the five fellas under their wing–from chalking out their higher education to professional growth at various global outposts of their sprawling business empire. One got married last year and now his friends are following suit. Last heard, each one of them had been gifted a brand new Merc–the sporty version in canary yellow, midnight blue or jazzy red–by the patriarch who clearly seems to be building a protective shield around his son for the future. Kind of déjà vu you say?

Celebration Season
For all those who thought there is tension among the two brothers over their media empire, the speculation hopefully came to an end when they received a wedding card recently. The card came from the elder brother who has invited guests to his nephew’s wedding in January. And the aesthetes that they are, there will be a sarod recital the night before the reception. This indeed is music to our ears.
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Girl Power

The charity auction gala saw haute couture for the well heeled go under the hammer, the proceeds of which are going to fund a girl’s school in Jaisalmer.
The charity auction gala saw haute couture for the well heeled go under the hammer, the proceeds of which are going to fund a girl’s school in Jaisalmer. (Instagram/rooshadshroff)

Isha Ambani Piramal and Sonam Kapoor turned gracious hosts for their luxe lady friends and their partners at the former’s sea-facing mansion at Worli last week to lend their name to architect Rooshad Shroff’s Gyaan Project. The charity auction gala saw haute couture for the well heeled go under the hammer, the proceeds of which are going to fund a girl’s school in Jaisalmer.

Upper Crest

Prakash Hinduja turned epicurean when we bumped into him at Farzana Contractor’s party celebrating the 20th anniversary of her lifestyle magazine.
Prakash Hinduja turned epicurean when we bumped into him at Farzana Contractor’s party celebrating the 20th anniversary of her lifestyle magazine.

It was heartwarming to see Prakash Hinduja turn epicurean when we bumped into him at Farzana Contractor’s party celebrating the 20th anniversary of her lifestyle magazine. The guests sang old classics while grazing on a buffet of 20 delicacies from around the country. Mumbai’s first family of food and frolic as well as some smart journalism have friends across generations and geographies who descended to bring on the cheer. We love such bonhomie.

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Corporate Leaders Who Have Anand Mahindra, Jeff Bezos & Kishore Biyani On Speed Dial
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We asked a few corporate leaders — if there was one person you could call for work or personal advice, who would that be? And this is what they had to say.

We asked a few corporate leaders — if there was one person you could call for work or personal advice, who would that be? And this is what they had to say.
“I think it would be Ireena Vittal (inset) [for professional advice]. She has mentored me and I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know her. I don’t speak to her often but when I do, they are valuable exchanges. For personal advice, it would be my family.”
“I think it would be Ireena Vittal (inset) [for professional advice]. She has mentored me and I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know her. I don’t speak to her often but when I do, they are val..
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“I would like Uday Kotak (inset) on my speed dial [for professional advice]. He's smart and blunt. For personal matters, I’d call my mother-inlaw (laughs). If most of my issues are with my partner, then to make sure I have the politically correct answer, I better call my mother-in-law.”
“I would like Uday Kotak (inset) on my speed dial [for professional advice]. He's smart and blunt. For personal matters, I’d call my mother-inlaw (laughs). If most of my issues are with my partner, t..
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“I would like to have Jeff Bezos (inset) on my speed dial. He’s done fabulous work over the past few years and he makes it look so simple. It’s crazy. And for personal advice, it would be my wife.”
“I would like to have Jeff Bezos (inset) on my speed dial. He’s done fabulous work over the past few years and he makes it look so simple. It’s crazy. And for personal advice, it would be my wife.”
“I would like Cristiano Ronaldo (inset) on my speed dial. He's talented, has perseverance, has been through the craziest ups and downs and is still the world’s best player. Also, I'm a Man U fan. For personal matters, my wife is my go-to. Plus, she’s already on my speed dial.”
“I would like Cristiano Ronaldo (inset) on my speed dial. He's talented, has perseverance, has been through the craziest ups and downs and is still the world’s best player. Also, I'm a Man U fan. For..
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“Anand Mahindra (inset). I respect the way he’s grown the Mahindra empire after he took over from his father. For what I want to do with JSW, he would be a great person to speak to and [I would like to] pick his brains on how he managed to transform the group. For personal advice, I would call my cousin in London. He knows me the best and knows my history too.”
“Anand Mahindra (inset). I respect the way he’s grown the Mahindra empire after he took over from his father. For what I want to do with JSW, he would be a great person to speak to and [I would like ..
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“I am lucky to have multiple people on speed dial. Obviously, the list begins with my father [Kishore Biyani - inset] and husband [Viraj Didwania]. Apart from the two of them, there is Ireena Vittal who I speak to for professional advice.”
“I am lucky to have multiple people on speed dial. Obviously, the list begins with my father [Kishore Biyani - inset] and husband [Viraj Didwania]. Apart from the two of them, there is Ireena Vittal ..
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