No Bollywood night or Google party at Davos this time
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The Bollywood night is not happening this time and so is the most-sought after Google party here at this Swiss ski resort town during the week-long annual congregation of world's movers and shakers under the WEF banner.
Still, there have been many other parties, including some hosted by Indian companies like Mahindra, Bajaj and industry body CII, along with those of global giants like PepsiCo, GE, Coca-Cola, PwC, as also by some governments including Russia.
The official lunch hosted by WEF for the participants to mark the end of the meeting has also seen some change and it has taken the form of an evening reception on the top of the mountains.
However, the most surprising has been internet giant Google deciding not to host its famous Davos party, which used to be talk of the town during the WEF meeting for many years and it has been a matter of status to be invited to this one.
Also, many corporate parties have taken the form of semi-official breakfast, lunch or dinner sessions, rather than their earlier avatar of cocktail events running till the wee hours.
At the India reception hosted by CII, almost all the business heads present in Davos were seen enjoying their time, although a few like Mukesh and Nita Ambani came and went away within minutes. The party also saw presence of many foreign business leaders, and so did the other Indian events hosted by the likes of Bajaj and Mahindras.
Among others, private receptions were hosted for Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Hollywood actress Charlize Theron, who was given an award at the opening session on Tuesday for her humanitarian work in Africa. The government officials or departments that hosted dinners or receptions included those from South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.
As the number of parties have gone down, the participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting this year are also seen talking about much more serious business, even beyond the economic issues, such as religion, education, gender inequality and the state of poor across the globe.