Mr Ratan Tata does not need an introduction. He's one of those icons who have managed to garner unconditional love and respect from the masses just by being his true self, a trait that is increasingly becoming rarer by the day.View this post on Instagram
While in theory, everyone knows how dignified and sophisticated he is, it is not everyday that we get to see an 'unfiltered' version of him. There are quotes and stories and articles on him everywhere, that present him as a larger than life individual, but it would be interesting to note that none of them are guilty of exaggeration. He is, indeed, a personality who is so incredibly refined and distinguished, that nothing about him is 'mundane'.View this post on Instagram
Here is a video of him, from the archives of 'Rendezvous With Simi Garewal', where he is being his candid best, while also being his usual classy self.
In the video, he touches upon several areas of his illustrious life, starting right from when he arrived in India from the US at the age of 25, and then going on an apprenticeship. He highlights how working under JRD Tata, and ultimately being selected as his successor, were 'historic' in their own right.View this post on Instagram
He mentioned that there was noteworthy resistance from the established stakeholders of the organization when he was shaking things up and questioning certain things, while simultaneously emboldening younger talents. It took a long time for him to settle in, but once he did, he didn't think of going back even once.View this post on Instagram
On a more personal level, when Simi Garewal peeked a bit more into his well-guarded life, he divulged that he was about to be married a couple of times, but it did not work out. He said he sometimes longs for companionship, but other times enjoys the joys of not having to cater to any compulsions.View this post on Instagram
When Simi asks him whether he watches any Hindi movies, he slyly chuckles, saying one can't help but watch them if the TV is on. He also quickly comments that he finds them way too violent. "I think there's more ketchup... spread in Hindi movies than there's in all the restaurants in Bombay...," he quips. Even when he is being critical of something, the sheer sophistication he brings in, in terms of articulating that, is worthy of being emulated by 'gentlemen'. In a nutshell, Mr Ratan Tata is, to this day, one of the most charming and enigmatic gentlemen that the nation has had the good fortune of looking up to.