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Russi Modi:The Man Who Also Made Steel


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Destiny's Child! Perhaps That Would Best Define Russi Mody's Persona, Given His Indelible Imprint On The Chapters Of India's Corporate History. To The Manor Bom, He Undertook A Sea Voyage From Bombay To The British Shores, And Entered The Portals Of Harrow At Age Twelve. This Harrovian Became The President Of Oxford Union, And During His Academic Pursuit Of History At Christ Church College Got Smitten By The Very Demeanour Of The French Conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte, Rattling Off The Names Of His Twenty-Six Generals; And Played Piano Accompanying The Nobel Laureate Nuclear Physicist Albert Einstein On Violin In The Precincts Of The University In The 1930s. In The Same Decade, Commenced His Professional Baptism By Fire At Tata Steel (TLSCO), In Bihar's Remote Provincial Town Of Jamshedpur As A Khalasi (MANUAL Worker). What A Paradox In Terms Of His Aristocratic Upbringing And English Education! But This "MAN-MOTIVATOR' Proved His "METTLE' As Much To Himself As To His Detractors, Coveting The Marshal's Hot Seat As The Chairman Of The Largest Private Company In India. A Historic Association Of Fifty-Three Years With The Hallowed Tata Empire Won Him Intemational Acclaim In "INDUSTRIAL Relations', And He Penned His Own Mantra Of Practical Wisdom By Leading From The Front, Winning Hearts And Minds Alike. Ahead Of His Times, As Expected Of A Visionary, He Is Among The Pioneers In Industry Who Invested In "HUMAN Resource Development' When Such Management Jargons Had Not Been Invented. First And Foremost, He Connected With His Workers As A Human Being, And The Rest As They Say Is History. For Someone Who Courted Controversies At Every Given Step Of His Stupendous Career, He Has Literally Lived By His Wits. A Man Of Steely Determination, But Always Known To Wear A Smile, His Bonhomie Could Pierce Through The Most Ominous Situation. 'WIT Is A Way Of Life' With This Corporate. Czar, Who Was Complimented As "A Legend In His Lifetime', By None Other Than His Mentor Jrd Tata. Passionate, Just About Everything, He Lived Life King-Size, Raising A Toast With The Hoi-Polloi Of The Charmed Circle; And His Annual Sorties To The South Of France To Savour Good Times At Riviera Became Part Of The Folklore. But That Flamboyance Masked A Dynamic Disciplinarian And Analytical Administrator, Who Continued To Remain A Champion Of The Underdog. Conferred The National Honour With Padma Bhushan, He Also Found A Pride Of Place In The Bbc Series, Money Makers, That Portrayed Six Boardroom Powers Around The World, And Then Marched Into The League Of "INTERNATIONAL Who's Who Of Professionals'. A Uniquely Gifted Individual, Russi Mody Might Find It Hard To Replicate His Own Act. Simply Refusing To Retire, He Says "CHEERS' To Life At Ninety, Chanting J'attendrai...To The Strains Of Piano, Without Missing A Note. Age Has Not Withered The Spirit Of A Warrior Who Has Fought All His Battles With Such Exemplary Elan...! Partha Mukherjee Has Served The Multinational Reckitt Benckiser For Twenty-Five Years, Closely Involved With Operations. He Has Scripted And Directed An Audio Programme On Kolkata, Commemorating The Three Hundredth Year Of The City In 1989, And It Was Played On The Public Address Systems Of All Metro Stations For Six Months At A Stretch. His Documentary Film, Pulu, On The Life & Times Of Celebrated Bengali Actor, Soumitra Chatterjee, And The Folk Dances Of Sambalpur, Received Critical Acclaim From Cineastes. Jyoti Sabharwal Has Co-Authored The Autobiographies Of Kapil Dev (STRAIGHT From The Heart), Amrish Puri (THE Act Of Life) And Vyjayantima/A Bali (BONDING...).