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Known as the ‘Kota queen’, with a deep understanding of the weave that was developed over the last 16 years, Vidhi Singhania sees herself as a revivalist of the Indian handloom first, and then as a designer. She has been a member of the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) for the last eight years. Her love for Rajasthani art and culture began as a child and culminated into her store in New Delhi. In a first-person account, Singhania takes MARWAR through the years.

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When Dilip Piramal, the executive chairman of VIP Industries Ltd, took over the business in 1973, the sales figure was R50 lakh. Under his able leadership, the company became the market leader with the current market capital being R1,500 crore. We meet Dilip, who is also the president of Indian Merchants’ Chamber, and wife Shalini Piramal, the president of Indian Merchants’ Chamber Ladies Wing, to know more about their work and life together.

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Novotel Kolkata, winner of the Best Debut and Best Design and Architecture Award for 2014, symbolises the growth trajectory that the Salarpuria Sattva Group has achieved in just two-and-a-half decades, and the rise of Apurva Salarpuria, the dynamic scion of the prolific real estate company, to whom the prestigious award is due. Young and raring to go, the 34-year-old plans to take the group to newer heights as the man at the helm of the Kolkata wing of the business.

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Dr Desh Bandhu Gupta, founder of Lupin Limited, ranks #14 among India’s richest. However, rankings don’t mean much to Dr Gupta, who, now 78, believes in the ‘dharma of karma’ and is ever ready to take up new projects and social causes that come his way. MARWAR talks to the deeply spiritual man, who started his business with just `5,000.

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The story of Padma Shri Awardee Bimla Poddar is a classic case of woman proposing and God disposing. She may have made plans to spend her advanced years quietly on the banks of the Ganges in the holy town of Kashi, but Baba Vishwanath, she explains, had other plans for her.

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Riding High

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Noticing the absence of well-cut shirts of international standard in the Indian market, Sanjiv Shroff and his father Shanker Lal Shroff launched Camessi in 2006. Nine years later, the brand has become synonymous with bespoke shirts and trousers. In a first-person account for MARWAR, Sanjiv Shroff speaks about his belief that while clothes
maketh the man, the roles are often reversed.

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Jagmohan Dalmiya, the man responsible for transforming cricket into a multi-billion dollar industry and turning India into a financially powerful cricketing nation is no more. Dalmiya is reported to have suffered a massive cardiac arrest on the evening of September 17 and died on the evening of September 20, at BM Birla Heart Research Centre in Kolkata. He was 75. He was serving his second term as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the time of his demise. He is survived by his wife Chandralekha, son Abhishek and daughter Vaishali.

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In 2013, Shashwat Goenka took up the challenge of turning around the loss-making Spencer’s Retail Ltd., the retail chain of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. Two years later, Spencer’s seems to be hitting its stride with large format stores and a new strategy.
The 25-year-old scion speaks about his journey after taking charge, the skills and ethics learnt from elders and his future plans.

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Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, Raymond Limited, has his eyes set on a new milestone—the 2015 Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship. Singhania, who turned 50 this September, speaks to MARWAR about his ardour for motor sport, his ability to balance work and personal life and his need to live in the moment.

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