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Zia Mody, 61

Co-founder, AZB & Partners

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After the relentless gloom in banking, Mody’s view of the year is a relief. “Comfortable and on track,” she says. It’s not as if the year has been smooth; she’s let go of some clients because of price cuts by competition and the imminent entry of foreign law firms. Undeterred, she’s betting on two areas for future growth: technology, and matters under the new bankruptcy code. Mody maintains her punishing schedule, working long hours. But, she says proudly, she still found time to read former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s book.