The Straits Times
Published on Jan 31, 2013

Gold-crazy businessman is India's 'Man with the Golden Shirt'


MUMBAI (AFP) - India is a country known for its love of gold, but for one businessman a ring or chain was not enough.

Datta Phuge is now the proud owner of a golden shirt worth 12.7 million rupees (S$294,000), made up of 14,000 pieces of 22-carat gold and put together by 15 craftsmen over 16 days.

"Gold has always been my passion since a young age. I've always worn gold as jewellery in the form of bracelets, rings, chains," he told AFP.

The 42-year-old, who lives in the Pune district of western Maharashtra state, hatched the plan late last year with a local jeweller friend.