Mallya himself has tried to sound sanguine about it.
He is a businessman, he has said, so buying and selling companies is a matter of routine for him.
And this is something he has done frequently in the past.
Observers have shown little concern for his loss of business.
He mismanaged Kingfisher Airlines , they argue, and therefore deserves no sympathy; he has paid for his sins of inefficiency.
Everybody says that the "king of good times", the unabashed showman, will now lie low for a while. That makes me a little sad.
Mallya's energy was seemingly boundless.
He had the remarkable ability to be seen at various places at almost the same time.
Age-old Indian abstinence, or the fear of enjoyment, didn't make any sense to him. Success and wealth were to be flaunted, in his world view.
Merriment doesn't return to haunt you in your afterlife. This was a welcome change from the mindset of the past.