In its glory days, Satyam was the lifeline of Hyderabad.
People were let off by traffic cops, without even a rap on the knuckles, the moment they disclosed they worked for Satyam.
It had spawned a new community of rich young people.
The traditional elite no longer were the toast of the society - that slot was taken over by the new-economy brigade.
Over 10 per cent of all the IT professionals in the city worked for Satyam. Almost a third of Satyam employees were women.
The pubs, shops and real-estate developers in the city depended on them for business.