27 October, 2020

Diamond And Rust

Diamond And Rust
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CALL me a dewy-eyed romantic, but in this cynical, meretricious world, it's good to see old-fashioned virtue rewarded. Thirty years ago, not so much wet as drenched behind the ears, Nari Hira and I began our careers in an ad agency, with no one willing to bet on the outcome. In no time he had moved on to his own agency, and in less time than it takes to tell we were knocking back large doubles at the Ritz bar when Nari plonked a paste-up dummy of a magazine on the table and announced: "Stardust. India's first film magazine. What do you think?" Lie down, I said, till the feeling goes away. It wouldn't be the last time I made an ass of myself. In the event, Nari finessed Stardust into a media, film and software empire spanning three continents and 2,000 people.Now here we were in the Big Bagel, en famille, Nari with son Vikram, Radhika with us, both 13, in the same class and school in Mumbai and rarin' to go.

Nari collects grand residences with the same casual aplomb he brings to new acquisitions to his magazine stable. Mumbai, Pune, Marve, London, Hollywood and a New...

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