The new legacy towers at The Lalit hotel in New Delhi are opulent and grand. Insiders reveal that every little detail of the decor was conceived by Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing Director, Bharat Hotels
. "Everything you see here is refurbished and recycled. I do not like to waste anything," she adds.
To find the strength to constantly outdo myself
It is her practical approach and financial prudence, among other factors, that have kept the company growing since she took over on her husband Lalit Suri's sudden death in 2006. She inspects her construction sites, works on marketing campaigns, and oversees each detail at every property. "I like to lead by example," she says.
Suri has 25 mid-segment Lalit Traveller hotels
in the pipeline. Earlier this year, her company acquired a heritage property in London. "I have walked the razor's edge," says Suri. "Had I slipped after my husband's death, it would have destroyed the family."