‘My Life Itself Had Become A Conflict’: Ratan Tata’s Old Interview On ‘Almost Getting Married’ Resurfaces

Ratan Naval Tata is an industrialist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur who served as the former Chairman of Tata Sons. He has made a significant impact on people of all ages, genders, and groups.

He never took his power or riches for granted despite his wealth. Many business tycoons admire him for leading Tata Motors to secure significant contracts. 

Despite his professional achievements, the business tycoon never got married. Ratan Tata, who is unmarried, has frequently mentioned how he came close to getting married, but fate had other plans for him.

During a recent podcast with Krishna Mehta, the 85-year-old shared an incident about almost getting married once in Los Angeles. 

Elaborating on the same, Ratan Tata said, “I almost got married in Los Angeles… but couldn’t because I returned to India soon after to be with my grandmother. The person I hoped to marry was supposed to join me shortly after. But as fate would have it, India was thrown into a war with China, and her parents refused to let her visit a country at war. And so, we were left with an ‘almost,’ a ‘would have been”


During the same podcast, Mr. Tata also spoke about his other relationships and how he never found the one person he could call his wife. In his own words:

“After that, there were other relationships, but I never found anyone I could call my wife. And by then, my life itself had become a conflict. I was constantly working and traveling, with little time for myself. But today, when I look back, I don’t regret any of it, not even for a second.”

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Navajbai and Sir Ratanji Tata adopted Naval Tata, Ratan Tata’s father, into the family. He married Soonoo Commissariat, with whom he had two sons, Ratan Tata and Jimmy Tata. 

However, Naval Tata and Soonoo Tata separated after some time, which significantly impacted Ratan Tata’s childhood. In a throwback interview with Humans of Bombay, Ratan Tata talked about his childhood memories. 

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He said he had a happy childhood, but things changed when his parents divorced.

This led to a lot of discomfort and anger for him. After his mother’s second marriage, he faced bullying from his classmates, who teased him. However, his grandmother played a significant role in helping him overcome these challenges. He had shared:

“I had a happy childhood, but as my brother and I got older, we faced a fair bit of ragging and personal discomfort because of our parent’s divorce, which wasn’t as common in those days. But my grandmother brought us up in every way. Soon after my mother remarried, the boys at school started saying all kinds of things about us–constantly and aggressively. But our grandmother taught us to retain dignity at all costs, a value that’s stayed with me until today. It involved walking away from these situations, which otherwise we would’ve fought back against.”

For those unfamiliar, Ratan Tata served as the Chairman of the Tata Group from 1990 to 2012.

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