The industry panelists lent a poetic touch to the proceedings by interspersing their discussions with couplets that regaled the audience during the HT-HH UP Development Conclave in Lucknow on Saturday.
Radico Khaitan chairman Dr Lalit Khaitan began his speech with a couplet, "Woh haqdaar hain kinaron ke, jo badal de bahav dharon ke. Kuch woh bhi hain jo waqt ke sanche main dhal gaye, kuch yeh bhi hai jinse waqt ke sanche badal gaye. (Those who can change the flow, have a right to claim the shore. There are some who change according to the time and there are others who make time change according to them)"
He concluded with another masterpiece, "Sara aasmaan choo lene main hi safalta nahin hai, safalta to ismen hai ke asmaan bhi choo liya aur pair zameen par hain. (Touching the sky alone is no measure of success. One can be said to be successful when one reaches for the stars and yet one's feet remain firmly planted on the ground)."
When New York-based aviation expert Faran Siddiqi took the stage, all expected him to speak English. But, he surprised everyone by saying, "Ibadaton ki tarah main yeh kaam karta hoon, mera usul hain pahle salaam karta hoon!" (This work is like worship for me but I believe in paying respect to all first).
After talking about the sunshine industry, he concluded with, "Hayat le ke chalo, kayanat le ke chalo, chalo to sare zamaane ko sath le ke chalo."
Samsung's Ambrish Bakaya, a self-confessed non-shayari (non-poetic) person, talked about the food.
"The Kakori and galavati kebabs that I had for lunch are still fresh on my mind. I may not be knowing the people around me, but can surely bond with my UP connection. My sasural is in Kanpur. I remember lovely trips to Hardoi and having yummy laddoos at Sandila," he said.
Doyen of the leather industry Irshad Mirza was at his witty best.
Moderator Kiron Chopra prodded him for his 'hissey ke do sher' (his bit of poetry). At this, he volleyed a situational couplet, "Pila de oke se saqi gar nafrat hai, pyala na de, par sharaab to de."
Sharing his experience of life, he said, "Zindagi se badi saza hi nahin, jurm kiya hai par pata hi nahi. (There is no greater punishment than life. I have committed a crime but don't know about it)."
He won huge applause from the audience for his wit.