Ambani tests the waters
(When I was Secretary, Department of Company Affairs) top honchos of industry used to visit me as a matter of courtesy. Dhirubhai Ambani called on me, after Mukesh, his son, had earlier dropped in for fixing an appointment.
I remember Dhirubhai as a charming personality, dressed in a spotless dhoti kurta (traditional Indian dress). He spent half-an-hour with me telling me about his humble beginnings and about his burning ambition to make India industrially strong.
He then took leave and, after pretending to exit my room, entered it again as if on second thoughts, and offered me some Reliance shares out of his promoter's quota. I was taken by surprise but politely declined his offer.
The canny man that he was, he was testing my level of integrity.