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Big alliances, low key celebrations in South Mumbai

The celebrations have begun at the homes of two of Mumbai’s most influential women. ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s daughter is getting engaged this week while former Mumbai Sheriff and HR College Principal Indu Shahani’s son is tying the knot on 28th December.

Chanda Kochhar with her husband Deepak Kochhar and daughter Aarti

Aarti Kochhar, a University of Pennsylvia graduate is getting engaged to Aditya Kaji and the duo work with different Reliance companies, she is with Reliance Brands and he is with Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s office. The chic engagement ceremony is at a luxury hotel close to the Kochhars residence in CCI Chambers, Churchgate and the wedding is in February next year. The Kochhar-Kaji wedding is expected to a non-ostentatious affair, but if the mother of the bride is the most powerful woman business leader you can be sure it will have the most elite guest list and touted as the power wedding of 2014.

Educationist Indu Shahani and Ranjit Shahani, MD of Novartis India

Siddharth, son of Indu and Ranjit Shahani (the MD of Novartis) is tying the knot with Rachna Doshi and the celebrations commenced last week when BP India Head Sashi Mukundan, a close friend of the Shahanis hosted a pre-wedding party at his sea facing bungalow. The Shahanis have kept the celebrations low-key, choosing to stay away from sprawling grounds and five star hotels; the Mehndi, Sangeet, Pheras and Reception venues are Blue Sea Worli, Tote Mahalaxmi and the Willingdon Sports Club, Haji Ali. Indu Shahani considered a doyenne in the field of academics, has had a long inning in teaching, and has been with HR College for over three decades. Rachna, her daughter-in-law to-be is an alumnus of the same college. Siddharth, a trained Pharmacist worked with McKinsey, London, and returned to India to set up Think Education which is involved in education initiatives, one of them being bringing the famed Parsons School of Design to India.

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