Sonali Jaitley Bakhshi, the daughter of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley, has paid a heartfelt tribute to former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, who was killed in a car accident on Sunday. In a note on her official Twitter account, Ms Bakhshi said that when she learned about Mr Mistry’s death it “took her a few minutes to process”. The death of the 54-year-old, scion of one of India’s most illustrious business families – Shapoorji Pallonji Group – also shocked Indian business.
“They said the same thing, albeit in a slightly different way: ‘It was too early for him to go…he was a good man,'” Ms Bakhshi said in her tribute.
— Sonali Jaitley Bakhshi (@sonalijaitley) September 6, 2022
The 39-year-old then said Mistry’s death brought back a flood of memories.
“I met Cyrus over a decade ago when I was working as a lawyer for the Shapoorji Pallonji group. One of the things I found very remarkable was how anyone from a new recruit to an experienced executive could approach him. He “I’d be in his office and you could always come by. It was that simple! Cyrus didn’t really believe in the official cycle of formalities and strict hierarchies,” Mrs. Bakhshi said in her note.
She added that Mistry has developed a special bond with everyone he has worked with. “When you spoke, Cyrus wasn’t listening because he had to, but because he wanted to know more about you and your experiences.”
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Ms. Bakhshi ended the three-page note saying that this is not a eulogy for Cyrus Mistry. “This is my celebration of who he was, this is my experience of knowing him like those who loved him. This short piece reaffirms something that didn’t really require confirmation to begin with: that he was an eating, kind man. And that “I know, that’s how he’ll be remembered. Stay happy wherever you are, Cyrus.”
Mistry was cremated in Mumbai on Tuesday.
He was named chairman of Tata Sons in 2012. His shock in 2016 sparked a highly public, longstanding courtroom and boardroom battle between two of India’s most storied business clans, the Mistrys and Tatas.
Mistry leaves behind his wife Rohiqa and their two sons.