Nov-Dec 2015 : Page 1


Marwar  December 02, 2015 00:00





In this issue of Marwar : Marwar India’s newest issue celebrates 19 years of its existence and brings into focus yet another chapter from the Marwari community—a community known for its entrepreneurial brilliance as well as its promotion of art and fashion, alongside a penchant for heritage and culture.

In our cover story, we deconstruct the many ceremonies, traditions and rituals that make up the fabled Marwari wedding. Our focus on weddings actually spills on other aspects of the grand occasion such as the growing trend of destination weddings and the glitter and resplendence that has made steady inroads into such areas as wedding gifting and bridal conveyance. Today, the Marwari bride’s trousseau is a combination of reputable brands and unique creations by new designers. We explore the trends with Rachit and Mayank Agarwal of Simaaya & Sasya, Madhu and Rajnandini Khaitan of Malika Jouel and Devina Kejriwal Juneja, the promoter of Suede by Devina Juneja. We also talk to three young entrepreneurs who are offering unique gifting items and conveyance options for the ongoing wedding and festive season.

Among entrepreneurs, the spotlight is on Krishna Kumar Pittie, the chairman of the Pittie Group, a man who has successfully turned his hand to varied fields including real estate, media, entertainment, e-commerce, FMCG, wellness and quick service restaurants. In our tribute section, we have remembered the iconic Ramnath Goenka (of the Indian Express Group), the most vociferous opponent of the Emergency period and the greatest crusader of the freedom of speech that was under threat during the Emergency and after.

For the last five years, food connoisseurs in Mumbai have sat back and watched the culinary spread in the city’s restaurants evolve to sophistication. Great food apart, the interiors too have seen change to aptly represent both the authentic heritage of a region and the harmony of worldly experiences for global palates. We speak to Marwari restaurateurs—Anup Gandhi of Cafe Nemo, Ankit Gupta and Chirag Chhajer of Burma Burma, and Yasho Sonthalia and Abhishek Goyal of Bóveda—in Mumbai to decode their restaurants’ emphasis on creativity and innovation.

Gone are the days when a Marwari essentially meant a businessman, and our article on Keshav Bangur, the president of the Calcutta Polo Club, is an example of today’s Marwaris taking work and play equally importantly. We round off the issue with a profile of Padma Shri Bimla Poddar, wife of late industrialist Bimal Kumar Poddar, whose contributions as a social worker-cum-philanthropist and in preserving India’s cultural heritage deserve special mention



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