The Great Graduation Gift: Ameera Shah Went Backpacking Across Europe; Ravi Venkatesan Got A Dinner And CD From Vijay Chandru

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A Feather In The Cap
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A Feather In The Cap

Graduation is an important milestone, and a gift to commemorate the moment is the cherry on the cake. Here’s what some business bosses received, or gave, to mark the occasion.


In Pic: Ameera Shah, MD, Metropolis Healthcare (L) and Ravi Venkatesan, former chairman, Microsoft India.

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​Sanjiv Mehta, CMD, HUL
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​Sanjiv Mehta, CMD, HUL

“My mother used to spend a lot of time with us when my daughters were younger and she had these puja ki kitabein that she would recite every day. When my (twin) daughters graduated in 2015, we gave them each one of her books. Right now, we’re planning what to give them for their post-graduation next year.”

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Harsh Jain, Cofounder, Dream11
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Harsh Jain, Cofounder, Dream11

“It was a dog. My father had said that he doesn’t like anything that has more than two legs. But he had promised me that when I graduate, he would get me a dog. When I completed my engineering in 2007, I got myself a dog. It was a Beagle named Simba. He’s no more but thanks to him, my father started loving dogs and we’ve got four (two Beagles and two German Shepherds) now. They are at our home in Lonavala.”

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​Anchit Nayar, CEO, Nykaa Retail
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​Anchit Nayar, CEO, Nykaa Retail

“I don’t think I got a gift — the gift was the degree. The four years of education that my parents paid for was the best graduation gift I could have got. I don’t think I would have asked them for anything either. I have what I need.”

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​Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Independent Director, Vedanta
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​Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Independent Director, Vedanta

“My parents and I never get excited about materialistic things. It may be because we’ve been blessed with a lot. The best thing that I got from them on graduation in 2010 was a big dinner with all my closest friends and family at our home in London. They each spoke a few words about me and I was the centre of attention for quite a few hours. I got a lot of love from everyone.”

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​Ameera Shah, MD, Metropolis Healthcare
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​Ameera Shah, MD, Metropolis Healthcare

“I gave myself a graduation gift. I backpacked with a few friends across Europe. I had saved up some money. What was amazing was that including the ticket, which I think was $800, we spent $1,600. We only spent $800 for three weeks for the rest of the trip. We went to Italy, Greece, Austria and Amsterdam. We were three close friends. We thought backpacking in Europe would be a great way to see it, stay in hostels and meet people.”

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