I will respect the dishwasher in the cafeteria as much as the prime minister of the country. He is no less.”

As I drive into The Oberoi in Gurgaon’s bustling Udyog Vihar, I see that the hotel building is virtually invisible from outside the main entrance because of its architecture. Ashar stays in a serviced apartment in the hotel and we are meeting at Amaranta, the minimalist restaurant named after an imaginary flower that never withers.…