India Inc mourns Bal Thackeray death
"There was never an occasion when I met and he did not have a joke to share," he said.
Bajaj also echoed similar sentiments, reminiscing how Thackeray used to talk disdainfully of his strictly vegetarian eating habits but also appreciated that the industrialist consumed alcohol.
Describing the late Shiv Sena supremo as a strong leader, Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata said Thackeray always believed in his principles.
"Balasaheb Thackeray was a strong leader of his people - respected and admired by many. He was outspoken but driven by his principles," Tata said in his condolence message.
"My condolences go out to the members of his family. He has left his mark on Mumbai and Maharashtra, and will be missed by many," Tata said.