The D&O Diary’s Asia Pacific itinerary continued this week with a stop in India’s largest city and financial capital, Mumbai. My primary reason for traveling to Mumbai was to participate in a professional liability insurance program co-sponsored by PLUS and the local Indian professional liability insurance organization, Bima Gyaan. Despite the travel distances involved and the time required, my visit to India was relatively brief. My opportunities to explore Mumbai were limited. I had just enough touring time to be reminded what an amazing place Mumbai is.
Mumbai is of course a world city with a long and venerable history and with tremendous architecture (as reflected in the Gateway of India, shown at the top of the post). Mumbai is also an absolute kaleidoscope of colors, sights, and sounds.
Even just a brief drive around involves a complete immersion in the city’s incredibly diverse and changing street scenes. I had only a very brief time to look around while I was in Mumbai, just enough to remember that Mumbai may be one of the most interesting cities in the world. It can in fact be overwhelming. After only a few short hours traveling around the city to see a few sights, I was pretty much exhausted.
The Bima Gyaan conference was held at one of the city’s premier hotels. It was an excellent event, well-organized and well- attended. I provided the conference keynote address. It was a pleasure to have the chance to exchange ideas with so many industry professionals, and it was an privilege to be a part of this successful conference. It was also great to meet so many professionals in the India insurance market who follow The D&O Diary. I congratulate the Conference Committee for organizing the event. In particular, I would like to thank the conference co-Chairs, Suresh B. and N. Raveendran, for inviting me to participate in the Bima Gyaan event again. If I ever get the opportunity to participate in another Bima Gyaan event again in India, I will be sure to include more time in my travel plans to allow more of an opportunity for touring the city and perhaps even seeing more of the rest of the country.