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‘Cyrus is very humble, but we are very proud’

A day after Cyrus Mistry was appointed as the heir to the Tata empire, a sense of relief and joy surged through the Parsi community.

mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2011 01:03 IST
Reetika Subramanian

A day after Cyrus Mistry was appointed as the heir to the Tata empire, a sense of relief and joy surged through the Parsi community.

“The community is immensely proud, happy and relieved. We are glad that Ratan Tata did not have to venture out of the community to search for a successor who fitted the bill perfectly,” said Dr Burjor Banaji, an ophthalmic surgeon, who is related to the Mistry family. “You could be sitting next to Cyrus in a movie theatre and not identify him because he is very humble, another characteristic that fits the company’s ethos,” he added.

Mistry will become the youngest and the second ‘non-Tata’ to head the 143-year-old group when he takes over from the current chairman Ratan Tata in December 2012. However, even a day after he was appointed as the successor to the country’s biggest business group, Mistry reported to work as usual on Thursday.

“Cyrus has always remained unaffected by success and wealth. Knowing him, there won’t even be a party to celebrate his success,” said Dr Anahita Pandole, who has known the Mistrys for more than two decades. “As a small boy, Mistry was always quiet and never attracted too much attention. However, he was very articulate about his thoughts and continued to be approachable despite adding credentials to his name over the years,” added Pandole.

Terming Mistry as an ideal candidate to take over the reins of the company, community members said that it was a reason to be proud. “I have only met him at a very few social duos. However, his simplicity was overpowering, and the decision to appoint him was logical, ethical and perfect,” said Homi Khusrokhan, an eminent Parsi community member.

Talking about his personal interests, family friends said that Mistry was a very homely person. “He spent time with his family and went on vacations. “Last month, Mistry found time out of his busy schedule to take part in the celebrations of a non-profit organisation, which only reflects his philanthropic side,” Pandole added.