In this first-person account, Siddharth Kasliwal of Jaipur’s historic Gem Palace talks about the family’s enduring attachment with the city, the 200-year-old Kasliwal business legacy, the brand’s emphasis on imperial Mughal designs, the Marwari business model, philanthropy, vegetarianism and much more.
Serial digital entrepreneur Alok Kejriwal has a knack for engaging people and making a business out of it. Having surfed the dotcom wave and emerged a winner when it went bust, he experienced the highs and lows of building profitable start-ups from scratch. MARWAR picks the brains of the observant and forward-thinking entrepreneur, whose recently penned book Why I Stopped Wearing My Socks traces his roller-coaster journey as an entrepreneur.
Industrialist Sanjay Budhia’s company Patton International Limited may epitomise entrepreneurship, but his wife Minu Budhia’s institute ‘ICanFlyy’ represents the other defining facet of the Marwari ethos: humanitarianism. MARWAR talks to the trained psychotherapist and counsellor who prefers to devote her time and resources to help people cope with life’s stresses.
Mayank Jalan has learnt chiefly from his mistakes, as he admits. But having restored Edward Keventer’s Eastern India business to its former glory and having turned his company, Keventer Agro Limited into a R1,000 crore entity, starting from scratch, Jalan has proved that learning from mistakes sometimes is a better way to learn.
Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, scion of Udaipur’s House of Mewar, has more than his fair share of duties as a prince. Besides overseeing the family-run group of heritage hotels and dedicating himself to philanthropic causes, he is the torchbearer of a legacy that dates back to the eighth century. MARWAR talks to the royal hotelier and humanist about his childhood, his passions and the responsibilities he shoulders.
Given his initial spate of successes as a realtor, Rahul Shah holds much promise as the next generation of the Mumbai-based Sumer Group. Add to this his client-centric approach and perfect blend of dynamism and knowledge, and it would seem the entrepreneur has brighter times ahead of him.
Wooden Street, India’s first online store for custom furniture, revolutionised the online furniture market within a few months of its launch in 2015. MARWAR talks to Lokendra Singh Ranawat, the co-founder and CEO of Wooden Street, to get an insight into his successful entrepreneurial journey, new forays and future plans.
Success has greeted Suresh Kumar Poddar, the chairman and managing director of Mayur Uniquoters Limited, from the get-go, helping him turn his company into one of the largest manufacturers of synthetic leather in India. In conversation with MARWAR, Poddar talks about how it all began and the long way they have come since.
Mahesh Singhi’s story is inspiring. From humble beginnings in Rajasthan to acquiring an engineering degree to propelling through a series of career choices to building one of the country’s largest corporate advisory and investment banking firms, here is a man who truly is self-made.