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The Marwaris

The Marwaris

From Jagat Seth to the Birlas

Gurcharan Das
,
Thomas A Timberg
,
Timberg Tom
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In the nineteenth century, a tiny community from the deserts of Rajasthan spread out to every corner of India. The Marwaris controlled much of the country’s inland trade by the time of the First World War. They then turned their hand to industry and, by the 1970s, owned most of India’s private industrial assets. Today, Marwari businessmen account for a quarter of the Indian names on the Forbes billionaires list.// What makes the Marwaris so successful? Is it their indomitable enterprise, or their incredible appetite for risk? In this new book, Thomas Timberg shows how the Marwaris rely on a centuries-old system for conserving and growing capital which has stood them in good stead, alongside a strong sense of business ethics which has earned them respect.// Family businesses in general and the Marwaris in particular might have a vital role to play in shaping India’s economic future.

Imprint: India Portfolio

Published: May/2014

ISBN: 9780143424055

Length : 224 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

The Marwaris

From Jagat Seth to the Birlas

Gurcharan Das
,
Thomas A Timberg
,
Timberg Tom

In the nineteenth century, a tiny community from the deserts of Rajasthan spread out to every corner of India. The Marwaris controlled much of the country’s inland trade by the time of the First World War. They then turned their hand to industry and, by the 1970s, owned most of India’s private industrial assets. Today, Marwari businessmen account for a quarter of the Indian names on the Forbes billionaires list.// What makes the Marwaris so successful? Is it their indomitable enterprise, or their incredible appetite for risk? In this new book, Thomas Timberg shows how the Marwaris rely on a centuries-old system for conserving and growing capital which has stood them in good stead, alongside a strong sense of business ethics which has earned them respect.// Family businesses in general and the Marwaris in particular might have a vital role to play in shaping India’s economic future.

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Gurcharan Das

Gurcharan Das is an author and public intellectual, best known for a much-acclaimed trilogy on the classical Indian goals of life. India Unbound is the first, on artha, or 'material well-being', which offers a personal account of India's recent social and economic rise; the second, The Difficulty of Being Good, on dharma, or 'moral well-being', illuminates our day-to-day moral dilemmas through a meditation on the epic Mahabharata; Kama: The Riddle of Desire, on the third goal, teaches us how to cherish desire in order to live a rich, flourishing life.
He graduated in philosophy from Harvard University (Phi Beta Kappa) and later attended Harvard Business School, where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (strategic planning). At age fifty, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer. He writes a regular column for the Times of India and five Indian language papers, and contributes to the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs. His other books include India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State, which was on the Financial Times' best books for 2013; a novel, A Fine Family; a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm; and an anthology, Three Plays. He is editing a fifteen-volume history series for Penguin Random House, titled The Story of Indian Business. He lives in Delhi.

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