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NANDAN NILEKANI: When he used to run Infosys, it was good humouredly said that Nilekani knew every sixth person on the planet. That is not really an exaggeration given that Nilekani, who today is the government's technology czar, has access to networks as diverse as the IIT alumni, the Davos brigade and not to mention the powerful political and business cliques. In fact, when he was in Infosys, for a few years, he even took a course on networking for mid-management executives, basically teaching them how to structure, nourish and use networks

The networkers

March 24, 2012


NANDAN NILEKANI: When he used to run Infosys, it was good humouredly said that Nilekani knew every sixth person on the planet. That is not really an exaggeration given that Nilekani, who today is the government's technology czar, has access to networks as diverse as the IIT alumni, the Davos brigade and not to mention the powerful political and business cliques. In fact, when he was in Infosys, for a few years, he even took a course on networking for mid-management executives, basically teaching them how to structure, nourish and use networks

VIJAY AMRITRAJ: He beat John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, acted in James Bond movies and is for many Indians, the man with the final word on tennis. Vijay Amritraj dons many hats and all of them with charm, a must for any networker. When he's not spouting wisdom on Federer's serve, he's busy attending movie screenings and celebrity launches. Being a UN Messenger of Peace he managed to create a crucial network of state heads and foundations. That did help when he opened the Vijay Amritraj Foundation. But his biggest networking accomplishment has to be the tennis career he created for his son, Prakash Amritraj

The networkers

March 24, 2012


VIJAY AMRITRAJ: He beat John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, acted in James Bond movies and is for many Indians, the man with the final word on tennis. Vijay Amritraj dons many hats and all of them with charm, a must for any networker. When he's not spouting wisdom on Federer's serve, he's busy attending movie screenings and celebrity launches. Being a UN Messenger of Peace he managed to create a crucial network of state heads and foundations. That did help when he opened the Vijay Amritraj Foundation. But his biggest networking accomplishment has to be the tennis career he created for his son, Prakash Amritraj

SUHEL SETH: The adage "be seen and not heard" is clearly not applicable to a man who can talk anytime, anywhere on anything. A firm favourite of television channels, no evening news discussion, whether it is on Veena Malik posing nude or the Union Budget, is complete without a few words from Seth. There's no politician, royalty or actor the former ad man isn't friends with. Whether it's a front row seat at a fashion show or a discussion on malnourishment in India, Seth can always be counted on to make his presence felt. So good is Seth at networking that he's written a book on it

The networkers

March 24, 2012


SUHEL SETH: The adage "be seen and not heard" is clearly not applicable to a man who can talk anytime, anywhere on anything. A firm favourite of television channels, no evening news discussion, whether it is on Veena Malik posing nude or the Union Budget, is complete without a few words from Seth. There's no politician, royalty or actor the former ad man isn't friends with. Whether it's a front row seat at a fashion show or a discussion on malnourishment in India, Seth can always be counted on to make his presence felt. So good is Seth at networking that he's written a book on it

KARAN JOHAR: His OTT weepies became the hit formula for Bollywood in the 2000s. Everyone in the industry wanted to be on his 'Koffee with Karan'. He has the power of bringing together sworn enemies and can make or break careers of starlets. At one birthday bash, Abhishek Bachchan and SRK exchanged niceties after years of awkwardness between them. A good word from him can work wonders for your career. If you fall out of his friend list for any reason, you can bid adieu to your buzzing social life

The networkers

March 24, 2012


KARAN JOHAR: His OTT weepies became the hit formula for Bollywood in the 2000s. Everyone in the industry wanted to be on his 'Koffee with Karan'. He has the power of bringing together sworn enemies and can make or break careers of starlets. At one birthday bash, Abhishek Bachchan and SRK exchanged niceties after years of awkwardness between them. A good word from him can work wonders for your career. If you fall out of his friend list for any reason, you can bid adieu to your buzzing social life

SUNIL SETHI: The very stylish and suave Mr Sethi has been a fixture on Delhi's fashion scene for more than a decade. He has a garment export business in Okhla and is friends with all fashion designers who matter. He never gives up a chance to say good things about his designer friends to fashion hacks who keep his contact on speed dial because in an industry where most can hardly string together a clear sentence, he can charm you with his effortless wit and the gift of gab. His networking skills have been bearing fruit for the FDCI. At the just concluded Wills India Fashion Week, the FDCI for the first time dabbled in fashion diplomacy by collaborating with the Tokyo Fashion Week. It also attached its weight to social causes like human trafficking and with PETA

The networkers

March 24, 2012


SUNIL SETHI: The very stylish and suave Mr Sethi has been a fixture on Delhi's fashion scene for more than a decade. He has a garment export business in Okhla and is friends with all fashion designers who matter. He never gives up a chance to say good things about his designer friends to fashion hacks who keep his contact on speed dial because in an industry where most can hardly string together a clear sentence, he can charm you with his effortless wit and the gift of gab. His networking skills have been bearing fruit for the FDCI. At the just concluded Wills India Fashion Week, the FDCI for the first time dabbled in fashion diplomacy by collaborating with the Tokyo Fashion Week. It also attached its weight to social causes like human trafficking and with PETA

WILLIAM DALRYMPLE: Your non-fiction book is worthless if it's not blurbed by him;the launch of your literary endeavour is a bleak affair if you haven't got him to discuss it;and you should seriously consider going back to your day job if you can't manage a session in the literary festival he launched. William Dalrymple can never be accused of being reclusive. He tours fests, acts as consultant for a literary prize, speaks against the copyright amendment Bill and generally lords over the literary scene though, lately, more as a fest organizer than as a writer

The networkers

March 24, 2012


WILLIAM DALRYMPLE: Your non-fiction book is worthless if it's not blurbed by him;the launch of your literary endeavour is a bleak affair if you haven't got him to discuss it;and you should seriously consider going back to your day job if you can't manage a session in the literary festival he launched. William Dalrymple can never be accused of being reclusive. He tours fests, acts as consultant for a literary prize, speaks against the copyright amendment Bill and generally lords over the literary scene though, lately, more as a fest organizer than as a writer

QUEENIE DHODY: In addition to being seen at A-list parties, product launches and events, social butterfly Queenie Singh Dhody's triedand-tested formula of hosting parties for visiting international celebrities to get to know them has made her one of Mumbai's most successful networkers. She's hosted bashes for Suzy Menkes, Naomi Campbell and Paris Hilton among others. Unfortunately, she reportedly ran out of luck when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton flew home from a trip to Jodhpur without returning her call or mentioning her on his blog

The networkers

March 24, 2012


QUEENIE DHODY: In addition to being seen at A-list parties, product launches and events, social butterfly Queenie Singh Dhody's triedand-tested formula of hosting parties for visiting international celebrities to get to know them has made her one of Mumbai's most successful networkers. She's hosted bashes for Suzy Menkes, Naomi Campbell and Paris Hilton among others. Unfortunately, she reportedly ran out of luck when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton flew home from a trip to Jodhpur without returning her call or mentioning her on his blog

PARMESHWAR GODREJ: The Bachchans had invited her for dinner and 'payesh' and there were rumours of Shobhaa De hosting a back-tie dinner for her, but American chat queen Oprah Winfrey turned down all offers to attend a soiree organised by Parmeshwar Godrej during her Mumbai visit this January. This laid to rest any questions about Godrej's position as one of India's most powerful networkers and hosts outside the world of politics and business. The lady is as much a veteran in sashaying down red carpet events in her trademark plunging necklines as she is in posing with AIDS orphans in slums - she is the chairperson of the Heroes Project to combat AIDS. The former air hostess doesn't just have husband Adi Godrej wrapped around her manicured finger - he was once spotted carrying her red purse at an event - but also has an amazing pull in the swish circle. Someone once said that she invented the social ladder. She managed to get all the Khans and both Ambani brothers to share space at her Winfrey bash

The networkers

March 24, 2012


PARMESHWAR GODREJ: The Bachchans had invited her for dinner and 'payesh' and there were rumours of Shobhaa De hosting a back-tie dinner for her, but American chat queen Oprah Winfrey turned down all offers to attend a soiree organised by Parmeshwar Godrej during her Mumbai visit this January. This laid to rest any questions about Godrej's position as one of India's most powerful networkers and hosts outside the world of politics and business. The lady is as much a veteran in sashaying down red carpet events in her trademark plunging necklines as she is in posing with AIDS orphans in slums - she is the chairperson of the Heroes Project to combat AIDS. The former air hostess doesn't just have husband Adi Godrej wrapped around her manicured finger - he was once spotted carrying her red purse at an event - but also has an amazing pull in the swish circle. Someone once said that she invented the social ladder. She managed to get all the Khans and both Ambani brothers to share space at her Winfrey bash

DILIP CHERIAN: Dressed simply, rather inconspicuously, in a dark kurta with white pyjamas, Dilip Cherian could easily be lost in a crowd. But for his ready laughter and knack of hob-nobbing with all those who matter. From a simple PR guy to a leading image management wiz, he has come a long way. Of course, being on Page 3 has helped him be at the right place at the right time. Over the years, while many others have dropped out, Cherian continues to be the man-about-town. Giving him company is his pretty wife, Devi, always dressed to kill. The two operate separately at two corners of venues, not just with the hosts but with the other high-profile guests present. And now son Chirag too is following in his footsteps

The networkers

March 24, 2012


DILIP CHERIAN: Dressed simply, rather inconspicuously, in a dark kurta with white pyjamas, Dilip Cherian could easily be lost in a crowd. But for his ready laughter and knack of hob-nobbing with all those who matter. From a simple PR guy to a leading image management wiz, he has come a long way. Of course, being on Page 3 has helped him be at the right place at the right time. Over the years, while many others have dropped out, Cherian continues to be the man-about-town. Giving him company is his pretty wife, Devi, always dressed to kill. The two operate separately at two corners of venues, not just with the hosts but with the other high-profile guests present. And now son Chirag too is following in his footsteps

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