Weddings herald change with new relationships and new bonds being forged.
No community takes as much pleasure in weddings and the entire gamut of wedding related activities as do Marwaris. With their respect for tradition, a healthy outlook towards modern luxury and an honest celebration of familial life, they give this social event their very own stamp. Our latest issue is dedicated to this unique celebration, with articles on the rituals, fashion, décor and venues.
Couturier Payal Singhal offers her take on bridal fashion in this wedding special, and we also present the latest in sherwanis and bandgalas from top-notch designers such as Raghavendra Rathore, Nivedita Saboo and Jyotee Khaitan, who celebrate the era of royal grooms while adding a few contemporary tweaks.
If a marriage heralds change, then so does the subject of our main story: Piyush Goyal. In a backdrop where corruption, red tape, a slowing economy and inefficient policymaking seem to be the order of the day, the political scenario in our country begs for the involvement of professionals with moral and ethical foundations. With the shadow of the national elections looming overhead, we decided to talk to someone who has a political pedigree yet does not fit in the archetypal image of a politico. Piyush Goyal, Rajya Sabha member and Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party, looks poised to bring in a whiff of fresh air into modern politics. A chartered accountant with a degree in law, Goyal is armed with something that is more powerful that his slew of degrees: a contagious optimism and boundless hope. Using Facebook, Twitter and convincing rhetoric, Goyal is on a drive to get more youth to vote, with which he may very well usher in a new paradigm for India where innovative thinking and passion are a significant component of the political mainstream.
Along with Goyal’s refreshing ideas, we present Aneel Murarka, MD, Mirachem Industriies (spelled with a double ‘i’ by the proprietors), who upsets the notion of a typical middle-aged Marwari businessman with his zeal for promoting talent among youth. He has not only brought in new technology and professionalism into his company, but also started a brand new venture in pursuit of his passion. Suvigya Sharma, a rising star of the art firmament, writes about his passion in an evocative essay in this issue that calls for preservation of traditional Indian art.
Our photo story on B P Agrawal offers a glimpse on how the social entrepreneur has redefined healthcare and water conservation in and around Pilani. From crafty home enterprises by Vasusri Birla Jhaver and Avarna Jain to the latest township in Jodhpur that respects heritage while offering modern luxuries for residents, this issue seeks to bring colour, tradition and culture to your doorstep.
We wish you happy reading and a very happy new year.