Party People: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw's Jet Set Birthday Bash
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. Image courtesy: BCCL
She threw a hush-hush party on the eve of her 60th birthday last Friday, but when you're counted among the most rich and powerful women in India, you're certainly not getting away with something as plain as that. We hear that Biocon's superwoman, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, decided to fly down 65 prominent business leaders the very next day to a resort in sun-kissed Maldives where the non-stop festivities continued till Sunday.
Among the invitees for this special celebration were the likes of Narayan Murthy, Geetanjali Kirloskar, Naina Lal Kidwai and Azim Premji, not to mention Shaw's childhood friend Vijay Mallya and his wife Rekha. Your diarist has learnt that not only did the entire party - several of them billionaires themselves - travel together on a regular Air India flight, they were all seated in economy class. While some, like Azim Premji, always travel economy and are noted for modesty, we're wondering if some others who insist on travelling in private jets registered some sort of protest. Since we haven't heard anything so far, we're assuming Shaw's arrangements were well received.
Source: Mumbai Mirror