EDI­TOR’S NOTE

Marwar - - Editor’s Note -

Known for their ex­cep­tional en­tre­pre­neur­ial abil­i­ties, Mar­waris have not just cre­ated suc­cess­ful ven­tures but also per­pet­u­ated fam­ily busi­nesses by tak­ing up the ba­ton gen­er­a­tion af­ter gen­er­a­tion.

An ex­cep­tion is Har­shavard­han Neo­tia, who has demon­strated rare met­tle and re­source­ful­ness by chang­ing fam­ily legacy to a cre­ate busi­ness em­pire of his own. We have fea­tured the Kolkata-based real es­tate baron on our cover this is­sue, who, as the chair­man of the Am­buja Neo­tia Group, has lit­er­ally changed the way the city lives and con­ducts busi­ness through his nu­mer­ous pro­jects. Yet an­other Kolkata-based en­tre­pre­neur who has been cre­at­ing rip­ples in en­tre­pre­neur­ial cir­cles is Mayank Jalan of Keven­ter Agro Lim­ited. As the next gen­er­a­tion of a rapidly grow­ing busi­ness house, Jalan has not just re­stored Ed­ward Keven­ter’s East­ern In­dia busi­ness—which the Jalans now own—to its for­mer glory, but also turned his com­pany, Keven­ter Agro, into a ` 1,000 crore en­tity, start­ing from scratch. Talk­ing about next gen­er­a­tion Mar­waris, we also bring you the story of real­tor Rahul Shah, scion of the Mum­bai-based Sumer Group, whose im­bi­bi­tions from fam­ily se­niors and ini­tial spate of suc­cesses her­ald brighter times for the well-known group. Even as Mar­waris con­tinue to take their busi­nesses to ev­ery cor­ner of the world, in Ra­jasthan, the land of their ori­gin, the scion of the royal House of Me­war, Lak­sh­yaraj Singh Me­war too has been prov­ing his cal­i­bre as an en­tre­pre­neur. The royal heir—he is the son of Shriji Arvind Singh Me­war, the 76th Cus­to­dian of the House of Me­war—has been suc­cess­fully over­see­ing the fam­ily-run HRH Group of her­itage ho­tels, apart from shoul­der­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of keep­ing the rich legacy of the House of Me­war’s alive and ded­i­cat­ing him­self to other causes as well, es­pe­cially phi­lan­thropy. Phi­lan­thropy ac­tu­ally has been a defin­ing facet of the Mar­wari ethos from times im­memo­rial, and while ex­am­ples are many, one per­son who de­serves spe­cial men­tion is Minu Bud­hia, wife of Kolkata-based in­dus­tri­al­ist San­jay Bud­hia. Hav­ing earned recog­ni­tion in the area of men­tal health care through Car­ing Minds, a state-of-the-art cen­tre for psy­cho­log­i­cal growth and well-be­ing in Kolkata, she has founded yet an­other in­sti­tute, ICanF­lyy, where spe­cial needs in­di­vid­u­als can gain aware­ness of the in­ter­ests and ap­ti­tudes they pos­sess and build req­ui­site skills for a bet­ter fu­ture. Look­ing at things from an­other per­spec­tive, if there is one com­mu­nity that has the means to en­joy the very best that life has to of­fer, it is the Mar­waris. Thanks to their affluence and in­creas­ing global ex­po­sure, there is grow­ing num­ber of Mar­waris to­day whose re­fined tastes and sense of un­der­stated el­e­gance has fu­elled a thriv­ing mar­ket for the most lux­u­ri­ous prod­ucts and ser­vices. In keep­ing with their tastes and as­pi­ra­tions, we have in­tro­duced a new sec­tion from this is­sue on­wards ti­tled ‘MAR­WAR PRIVÉ’ which brings you the very best that money can buy. A case in point is in­dus­tri­al­ist Gau­tam Sing­ha­nia’s newly in­tro­duced Ray­mond Ate­lier that prom­ises to be the ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion for con­nois­seurs of be­spoke fash­ion. With all this and more, we bring you yet an­other in­ter­est­ing is­sue of MAR­WAR.

Ma­neck Davar Edi­tor

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