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Remembering Lalit Sheth

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Had a shock of my life yesterday on reading this headline in the morning paper: `Raj Travels owner leaps off Sea Link’.
Lalit Sheth used to be one of my regular journalistic `contacts’ – someone you could call up and meet for a round of gupshup over coffee. Often, you didn’t even have to call. You could just land up in his office, knowing fully well that he would stop doing whatever he was doing to accommodate you.
We went back so many years that I don’t even remember when I first met him – in my Business India tenure, or earlier, my Bombay magazine days. But I always remember him – and now this is beginning to sound like an obit – as someone affable, perennially smiling.
He was always optimistic, about his industry, his own business plans. He would share with me with great excitement plans for his ventures that went dud – an airline, a range of budget hotels beginning with one in Ahmedabad.
The lad from Calcutta had come to Golden City Mumbai with just a few thousands in his pocket to turn the package tours industry on its head.
Seeing his cheerful outlook, you could never guess that there was so much turmoil in his life, all boiling over to his ultimate suicide.
But then, as they say:
Yeh chehra to zamane ko dikhane ke liye hain
Yeh gum to seene mein chupane ke liye hain

 

 

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Written by Raju Bist

August 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

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