At a personal level he was meticulously courteous to friends, acquaintances and strangers alike. No one who went to him for help ever returned disappointed. Often he would go out of his way to offer help to those who needed it but were reluctant to ask. KK was deeply devoted to his extended family, but at the same time was very restrained and formal with them. It is said that he met his relatives by appointment. Nor did anyone ever accuse him of even a trace of flamboyance.
Since before KK's birth, the Birla family was involved in politics. GD was Gandhi's frequent host. It was at Birla House in Delhi that the Mahatma was assassinated. That house is now a memorial to the Mahatma. KK built his residence next door, living quietly in a five-star hotel while the house was under construction.