What also makes me sad is that he is undoubtedly the finest brain in the country's spirits industry.
Nobody knows the business better than him.
United Spirits owns 22 brands that sell more than a million cases each.
That's not a small achievement.
Many tried to take him on; none succeeded.
The only serious challenger he had was Manu Chhabria , the electronics dealer from Dubai who acquired Shaw Wallace.
The fights between the two were the stuff of legend.