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Rajasthan Spinning & Weaving Mills Ltd, the flagship of the LNJ Bhilwara Group, counts among India’s top textile companies. We spoke to Riju Jhunjhunwala, …

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Avni Biyani, the concept head of Foodhall, may be just 26, but she is already revolutionising the food retail industry. MARWAR meets Avni, the younger of the two daughters of Kishore Biyani, the CEO of Future Group, to know more about her life and business plans.

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Few industrialists inspire as much respect and awe as do Juggilal and Kamlapat Singhania, whose indomitable will and patriotic zeal saw them meet every challenge to set up the iconic Juggilal-Kamlapat Cotton Spinning & Weaving Mills in 1921 that was to lay the foundations of the mammoth JK Organisation which still remains one of the largest names of Indian industry. MARWAR dedicates this tribute to the father-son duo, who continue to be celebrated as its larger-than-life architects.

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The Lakme Fashion Week, held this April in Mumbai, showcased a number of stars from the designer firmament. Marwari fashion designers, who participated in the week-long extravaganza, open up about how the community’s penchant for risk-taking and creativity has found a new voice on the ramp.

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The Phoenix and Palladium malls, which her family own, may epitomise consumerism, but Amla Ruia, wife of Ashok Ruia, prefers to devote her time and resources to those who need her expertise and energy. MARWAR meets the altruist to find out more about her laudable efforts to bring water to the parched villages of Rajasthan.

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It was a twist of fate that launched Ramkrishna Dalmia on the road to success, glory and fame, and it was again the hand of destiny that left him with fragments of the massive industrial empire he had built from nothing. In between all this lies the saga of a financial and entrepreneurial genius whose drive, courage and extraordinary business acumen merits the tribute we pay him.

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Vishal and Swati Jajodia are hand-in-glove with each other to deliver responsible medication and better healthcare, especially for diseases that are orphaned, ignored or neglected. MARWAR meets the duo to find out more about their work and life.

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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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At a time when most industrialists were wont to toe the British line, Jamnalal Bajaj stood out with his active participation in the freedom struggle notwithstanding repeated incarcerations. MARWAR pays tribute to the indefatigable social reformer, patriot, freedom fighter and industrialist whose life and legacy continue to inspire even today.

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An impressive track record and a wide portfolio of products catering to the speciality generics drug market have made Ajanta Pharma Limited one of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies in India. Brothers Yogesh and Rajesh Agrawal let us in on their journey after taking over the reins of the company, the secrets of the company’s remarkable transformation from a Rs 70-crore company into a successful, Rs 1,800-crore entity, and why the best is yet to come.

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