A life of extremes, and all the moments it contains of feeling thwarted by fate, cannot be caught by the simplism of proverbs. ‘Rags to riches’, for instance, is offered like a shorthand fable with a uniformly rosy tint. M.S. Oberoi (1898-2002) may have bowed out of this world as the grand old man of hospitality, with a legacy spanning 35 luxury hotels worldwide, but it was a road so long that all the little milestones fade into a blur.