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Bilimoria among 10 likely to make an impact in future

Among those listed as people set to make an impact in the coming years,the Hyderabad-born Karan Bilimoria, is the only Indian-origin person to get chosen.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 21:39 IST
UK Bureau
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Among publishers and politicians, royals and historians listed as people set to make an impact in the coming years, the Hyderabad-born Karan Bilimoria, is the only Indian-origin person to get chosen.

In the list of 10 published in The Times with pictures of 'the faces' to keep an eye on, 40-year-old Bilimoria's smiling face has the caption 'beer for a biryani'.

He has been declared as one of the smartest Asian business brains who has "filled a niche in the beer market with a solitary van and a few crates of lager".

His Cobra beer and General Bilimoria wines are, indeed, extremely popular now. Apart from over 80 per cent of Asian-owned restaurants, many pubs and bars in Britain, are now serving Cobra.

It's much less gassy than most British beers, which Bilimoria found most exasperating. Thus was a premium bottled Cobra, better suited to Indian curry, was born. Today, it is Britain's fastest growing beers. His red wine too won a prestigious French award a year ago.

He was also recently chosen for the prestigious Asian of the Year award at an impressive dinner function at Grosvenor House. He told HT that he was waiting for the proposal for dual citizenship to become law in India. Hewould be proud to acquire it for himself and his two sons.

The others in the list include Theresa May, the first woman to become Chairman of the Conservtive Party and Chris Bryant, a Labour MP, who the Times says "could be Britain's first openly gay Prime Minister". HowardDean, who is considered a dark horse for the Democratic presidential nomination is another one in the list about whom it is said that he may be just what the Democrats need at the moment. Times says "remember where you read" this first.

Zara Phillips, the spirited daughter of Princess Anne, who won a silver medal at the European Young Rider Championships, Stephanie Flanders of BB2 newsnight, Rebecca Nicolson, the co-founder of Short Books, Nikki Page, the model-turned-businesswoman and Adam Afriyie, who runs one of the most promising IT companies and is expected to become the first Black Tory MP, are the others in the list.

The Times has apparently looked deep into various professions and fields to choose those who may occasionally be in the limelight but are not as yet expected to "make an impact" far beyond their chosen vocations. It would be interesting to see how correctly the paper has been able to read the crystal ball.

First Published: Dec 27, 2003 21:39 IST