Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! Quite simply, this is called Suraj ko roshni dikhana, because I am not a Marwari that I should be talking about Marwaris, with Marwaris and to Marwaris. But my only claim is that sometimes because you are born in the community, you don’t value yourself. It was 42 years ago … my first book was on Marwaris, and I can tell you at that time the word 'Marwari' had a slightly pejorative connotation.
I once wrote a long article on Marwaris and Mr LN Jhunjhunwala of Bhilwara called me and said, “Maan gaye, kitna achcha article likha hai! Mujhe 100 copies chahiye iski.” I asked what did he like about it, and he said, “I want to send it to all my Marwari friends because it ends very well.” It actually said that all the virtues for which the Marwaris were known were being lost one by one.
You have the trinity… let’s say Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. I am applying that to the Marwari community: There is a creator of wealth, the Bramha, and it creates a huge amount of wealth for the second generation, which is the preserver. And the third generation sets in the cycle of decadence.
One of the Marwari strengths was that it had continuity. They say, if three generations keep their heads on the shoulders, an empire can be made; but if five generations keep their heads on the shoulders, a dynasty can be made.