When IT czar Narayana Murthy’s daughter Akshata wed Rishi Sunak, it was a low-key affair. Akshata Murthy, belongs to the breed of privileged princesses who are now known as hands-on heiresses; daughters of business magnates who don’t lead a fairy-tale life. They earn professional degrees, work in organisations abroad and return to start their own business venture or become their dad’s ‘right hand men’. Unlike earlier, when business baron dads chose for their daughters a boy from the same community or business circle, today’s business babes fall in love with and marry guys from non-business families too.
Narayana and Sudha Murthy with Akshata and Rishi Sunak
Schauna, Nadia and Alisha Chauhan, the three sisters from the Parle Agro family are all married to creative guys. Schauna’s husband is actor Bikram Saluja, Nadia is married to Ad man Raj Kurup and Alisha’s husband is architect Riyhad Kundalmal.
Hinduja heiress Ambika Hinduja tied the knot with Mumbai restauranteur Raman Macker. Aarti Sheth, top diamond merchant Rajeev Sheth’s daughter, is married to Farshid Cooper, who works with JP Morgan. Priti Paul scion of the Apeejay Surrendra Group, is married to Moroccan tycoon Jaouad Kadiri.
The North-South alliances include: Neelima Sargam Bajaj (daughter of Bajaj Auto’s Madhur Bajaj) and MTV head-honcho Aditya Swamy, Roshni Nadar (tech billionnaire Shiv Nadar’s daughter) and Delhi businessman Shikhar Malhotra, Tanvi Jindal and Krishna Shete, whose father Raju Shete owns food services company Radhakrishna Hospitality Services.
Alisha and Riyhad Kundalmal. Chauhan sisters- Schauna, Alisha and Nadia
Priti Paul and Jaouad Kadiri
Quiet Wedding, Grand Reception
Schauna’s quiet wedding in Bikram’s home town Indore was followed by a grand reception in Mumbai. Her sister Alisha’s wedding celebrations were at Taj Lands End. The Turf Club, the most magnificent wedding location in Mumbai, has played host to the most number of high profile wedding receptions. Sargam Bajaj, Ambika Hinduja, Aarti Sheth and Ashika Pohoomul’s grand wedding receptions with over thousand guests were held there. Some like Priti Paul hosted a smaller wedding affair—with just about 300 guests, at the magnificent Jag Mandir on Lake Pichola.
Jewellery and Designer Picks
For her wedding, Akshata Murthy wore a simple and stylish lehenga with no dripping diamonds or chunky gold, but most other heiresses go for exquisitely embroidered wear and ornate handcrafted jewellery. Abu-Sandeep, Sabyasachi or Pallavi Jaikishen lehengas teamed with elaborate jewels from Jaipur Gems, Varuna D Jani or Raj Mahtani.
Priti and Jaouad picture courtesy www.karenwise.com