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Award-winning poetess Vinita Agrawal, who has launched her fourth book of poems, Two Full Moons, recently, talks to MARWAR about writing poetry that stays true to the values of a just society.

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The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan, a no-holds-barred biography written by Namita Devidayal, throws light on the fascinating life of one of India’s most distinguished classical musicians.

Given his successful track record, Akshaypat Singhania has all it takes to build successful enterprises. The scion of the Singhania family— who currently heads JK International as CMD and is a director at JK Organisation—takes MARWAR through his two-decade entrepreneurial journey and his recent foray into the start-up space.

Till date, the Alohomora Education Foundation has enabled 1,500 students from government schools, helping them take charge of their learning and career choices. In conversation with MARWAR, co-founder Parinita Jain talks about her journey of empowering them with the skills required to achieve their dreams.

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.

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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.

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