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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                    Kabir
                    May 18, 2016 at 7:45 am
                    What is the relation of his temple visit to Indian culture? India culture is big enough to be summed up in mere a trip to this temple. And also Vedic culture is NOT equal to Indian culture.
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                      kamath Ramesh
                      May 18, 2016 at 11:32 am
                      Cook visited temple? He is a communal. Surprised no sickular has come out in opposition of his visiting temple and calling his communal. he said OM as well and pra with his folded hand.
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                        kamath Ramesh
                        May 18, 2016 at 11:35 am
                        Why .. Mosques have not prospered like temple or God? it shows the power
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                          kamath Ramesh
                          May 18, 2016 at 11:32 am
                          Why you want to lick it ?
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                            Lalu
                            May 18, 2016 at 7:24 am
                            Hindu's don't start anything with a short prayer on Ganesha. It is the practice from films to rockets.
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                              Lalu
                              May 18, 2016 at 7:22 am
                              Not a 'secular' guy! Our 'secular' politicians and NGOs will not like Apple for his act. Clearly, I see a link between RSS and Apple. RSS has successfully infiltrated Apple Inc.
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                                ssubramanyan
                                May 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                                good sense of humor!
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                                  ssubramanyan
                                  May 18, 2016 at 9:27 am
                                  PM modi must request Tim cook to invest in Driverless car project for india or else ask China for help. they r already ready for driverless cars by 2020. all laws ped! now that's progress! lt;br/gt;this is the reason Tim cook readily invested $1 billion in Didi taxi sharing service of china last week.
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                                    ssubramanyan
                                    May 18, 2016 at 5:16 am
                                    This is what our indians do. they dilute the seriousness of a business meeting with all this feku stuff
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                                      ssubramanyan
                                      May 18, 2016 at 7:28 am
                                      Tim ji, how about an aPP from apple for the temple? hundi sharing app?
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                                        ssubramanyan
                                        May 18, 2016 at 7:27 am
                                        Welcome! Indiana Jones and the Ganapti temple (BTW, both are crorepatis apple $280 billion and shridhivinayak $10 billion atleast)
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                                          ssubramanyan
                                          May 18, 2016 at 8:47 am
                                          Why is it that indian It not asking Tim cook to invest in indian centric IT -taxi share, etc.. last week Apple invested $1 bilion in Chian taxi sahring company Didi
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                                            Ramesh Athavale
                                            May 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                                            No guess needed about what fruit Tim Cook offered to lord Ganesh.
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