Exclusive: Tim Cook starts day with visit to Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak Temple

At the temple, Tim Cook also had a chance to chat with Anant Ambani, the son of Mukesh Ambani.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2016 4:41 pm
Tim Cook2 At the temple, he also had a chance to chat with Anant Ambani, the son of Mukesh Ambani. On the right, is Apple India head Sanjay Kaul. (Source: Express Photo)

Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off his much anticipated tour of India with a pre-dawn visit to the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai. His cultural experience at the temple comes before a morning of business meetings in the country’s commercial capital.

At the temple, Cook, who was accompanies by Apple India head Sanjay Kaul, also had a chance to chat with Anant Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.

The Apple CEO will be meeting Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry and others during the day, it is learnt.

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Cook is expected to travel to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi later this week. However, there is no official confirmation of his schedule from Apple. There are unconfirmed news reports that he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the trip.

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    Ankur
    May 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    Mr. Ambani had a chance to meet Mr. Cook*
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      Narasimha Reddy
      May 18, 2016 at 7:13 am
      BBs have another bad habit: indigenizing a foreigner by corrupting them with his filth.
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        Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        May 18, 2016 at 8:16 am
        There are stories of billionaire businessmen starting from scratches. Ambani and the Nirma man are typical example. But this phenomena is not something exclusive for men of business only. Even Gods have risen from very modest background to big shots. From makeshift small one room shines where deity and poojari can hardly be accommodated, rise to big building with many rooms and garish outside with kitsch idols decorated walls. This Siddhivinayak temple is one such. Long back when I was in Bombay it was a very small sanctum sanctorum with just a 'shamian' on front. Now it has become a very big temple. And many a temples on footpaths do a roaring business as well. Many of such temples are built on encroached government lands. And no government dare to demolish such unauthorised temples or for that matter mosques or churches once they are built.
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          B.VENKATA REDDY
          May 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm
          we expect the management to take corrective steps to deleat offensive comments of some useless people.
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            MyCongress
            May 18, 2016 at 6:40 am
            Tim respected our traditions and culture of Praying to Ganpati first before starting any new initiative...we dhould also admire him for this act of respect.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Whats wrong in paying a visit to a temple.....I also support congress but for me respect for My Religion (Hindu) and Gods is a no compromise thing.
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              babu
              May 18, 2016 at 10:37 am
              Didi he put milk on modee linga
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                Kabir
                May 18, 2016 at 6:29 am
                And what India's growth has to do with religion? Rather the growth is mainly because of its non religious policies
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                  Kabir
                  May 18, 2016 at 6:27 am
                  who cares ? it is his private visit. Publish those things that are beneficial or harmful to the public because the deals he may or may not do.
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