Titoo and Tango must be eagerly looking forward to Saturday (December 29, 2012) morning.
Reason: their master, who works 16 hours a day and often flies between four countries in a week, would finally be able to spend more time with them after he retires from Tata Sons on Friday evening.
But the two German Shepherds may be in for disappointment.
While he would surely stick to his words of not allowing his "shadow to hang over Bombay House like a ghost walking the corridors", it's also equally certain that Ratan Tata, 75, would not slow down his pace and be happy watching the seagulls on the Arabian Sea, which is just 40 meters away from his apartment in Colaba.
Unlike his predecessor, JRD Tata, who in 1991 handed over to him the chairmanship of Tata Sons as well as control of the trusts, Ratan will continue to retain control of the latter.
Significantly, there is no retirement age at the trusts, which together control around 66 per cent of the shares of Tata Sons.
As a custodian, he will have to anyway keep a close watch on the proceedings in the group.
But what will keep Tata really busy in his new office at Elphinstone Building (a new elevator has just been installed in the building, which is just a few blocks away from Bombay House), are his mega plans for the trusts, which were so far attracting only half his attention.
The first indication of that came in his acceptance speech for a Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Rockefeller Foundation when he said his "life's work isn't done yet" as he hasn't been able to touch as many people at the bottom of the pyramid.
Image: A handout photo taken on November 27, 2012 and recieved from UNSW on November 28 shows Indian business icon Ratan Tata (Right) being applauded by Chancellor of the University on New South Wales (UNSW) David Gonski (Left) before receiving an honorary degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney.
Text: Shyamal Majumdar, Business Standard