Marwar - - Editor's Note -

Mar­waris are known for their en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills and hard­wired busi­ness sense.

This has helped them build great busi­nesses around the world. But that is as far as tra­di­tion goes. It’s a dif­fer­ent mat­ter with the mod­ern Mar­wari, how­ever, many of whom have taken their in­ter­ests be­yond the board­room in pur­suit of other con­quests. One among them is writer Ashwin Sanghi, who within a short span of time has earned global name and fame with a se­ries of best­selling nov­els. We have ded­i­cated our cover to the mae­stro of fic­tion thrillers.

Sanghi, how­ever, is not an iso­lated name in the do­main of Mar­wari lit­ter­a­teurs. Writer Lax­mana Dalmia, daugh­ter of in­dus­tri­al­ist Ram Kr­ishna Dalmia, is another lu­mi­nary who has made her mark in the world of lit­er­a­ture. In a Q&A ses­sion, the mul­ti­fac­eted lady talks about her early years, her pas­sions, her out­look to­wards life and her tobe launched book, One Soul Many Lives.

In the world of ac­count­ing, Tally soft­ware counts among the most pop­u­lar and ef­fi­cient, hav­ing es­tab­lished a pres­ence in over 140 coun­tries with over a mil­lion users. In what started as a start-up, the brand has seen in­cred­i­ble growth un­der fa­ther­son duo Shyam Sun­der and Bharat Goenka and looks to con­quer new grounds with scion Te­jas Goenka step­ping in. We bring you the in­spir­ing story of the Goenkas.

There’s no arena where Mar­waris don’t seem to have made their mark as en­trepreneurs. Read about cousins Shrikant Mohta and Ma­hen­dra Soni, whose pas­sion for cin­ema led them to fly to Mumbai, as col­lege kids no less, to make their foray into film­dom, and suc­ceed against all odds. Their com­pany, SVF En­ter­tain­ment is now the big­gest en­ter­tain­ment pow­er­house in East­ern In­dia.

On In­dia’s in­dus­trial hori­zon, the Dalmia Group of Com­pa­nies stands out for its out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the nation, both eco­nom­i­cally and in terms of phi­lan­thropy. In this re­gard, Sanjay Dalmia, the chair­man of a clutch of Dalmia group com­pa­nies, de­serves special men­tion, whose in­ter­ests, apart from spear­head­ing the group’s growth, spill on to other do­mains such as In­dia’s eco­nomic growth, pa­tri­o­tism and hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism.

Mar­waris love for jew­ellery is leg­endary. But for them, the mes­mer­iz­ing world of jadau , polki and meenakari jew­ellery would have been per­haps lost to the world of bling. As the em­bod­i­ment of her­itage and style, and as keep­ers of a 150-year legacy, the Na­hetas of Jaipur Jewels have been mak­ing con­certed ef­forts to both pop­u­larise and per­pet­u­ate these tra­di­tional forms of jew­ellery. We bring you their in­spir­ing story.

Mar­wari in­dus­tri­al­ists of the pre- and post-In­de­pen­dence years are revered and re­mem­bered for their pi­o­neer­ing ef­forts, grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and in­grained val­ues that have helped them build busi­ness em­pires. Sadly, there seems to have been an ap­par­ent di­lu­tion of these qual­i­ties among mod­ern Mar­waris. Is this trait likely to af­fect the future of Mar­wari en­ter­prise? In Mar­war Per­spec­tives, we bring you view­points of em­i­nent mem­bers of the com­mu­nity on the sub­ject.

With all this and more, we bring you another in­ter­est­ing is­sue of MAR­WAR.

Ma­neck Davar Edi­tor

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