Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben are a strong-willed, determined and ambitious couple, who walked together to build an empire of their own.
By Kalash Khurana
Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani, known as Dhirubhai Ambani, was an ambitious man, who had founded Reliance Industries. He was married to Kokilaben Ambani, who had been with him through thick and thin.
Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben Ambani had never let their success and money affect their grounded nature and humbleness. They were a power couple in the truest sense.
In one of her interviews, Kokilaben Ambani had talked about her married life and had said, "When I got married to Dhirubhai Ambani in 1955, I had not even dreamt that my life would change so much."
Kokilaben Ambani and Dhirubhai Ambani were in a long-distance relationship for some years. While Dhirubhai was in Aden (now Yemen), his wife was living in Chorwad, Gujarat.
When Dhirubhai Ambani had moved to Mumbai, he had made sure that his wife, Kokilaben Ambani was by his side every time, walking with him in every step shoulder-to-shoulder.
Talking about the same, Mrs Ambani had said, "He would always keep me updated on his projects and I would attend the inauguration of every plant. He insisted me to accompany him to every function."
Dhirubhai Ambani was the reason behind Kokilaben adapting the changes in her life easily. He encouraged her to learn English, introduced her to different cuisines and filled her up with informations.
Crediting her husband, Dhirubhai Ambani for making her what she is, Kokilaben had said, "He moulded me so well, that I would not feel out of place anywhere. I constantly adapted to change."
Kokilaben Ambani had learnt immensely from her late husband, Dhirubhai Ambani. The doting husband had supported and encouraged his wife throughout their married life.
Talking about the same, Kokilaben had shared, "I would say that I am a student of the Dhirubhai Ambani University. I have learnt immensely from my late husband."
Kokilaben Ambani has given an insight in the life of her late husband, Dhirubhai Ambani in the book she had written, which is titled, 'Dhirubhai Ambani: The Man I Knew'.
Mrs Ambani had described the story of Dhirubhai Ambani's life and his meteorical rise in business and personal life. She had shared that in her belief, her husband was born to be a legend.
In her book, she had written, "During those years, I had never seen him in a miserable or desperate state of mind. It doesn't mean he never faced difficulties, but he used to resolve it with courage."
Just how Dhirubhai Ambani had fulfilled every responsibility and role with perfection in his professional life, in personal life too, he was a doting husband, a caring father and a loving grandfather.