Few factors have changed markets as profoundly as the IT boom, which apart from transforming the way business is conducted, has led to a mushrooming of start-ups by young entrepreneurs, who have harnessed the strength of the Internet to build successful businesses. In our cover story, we have featured three such entities. One of them is Pallav Nadhani, whose self-funded start-up, Fusion Charts, sells data visualisation (charting) libraries, boasting 28,000 customers in 118 countries. Akash Gupta of Mobycy is another such enterprising young man, whose app-based start-up offers bicycles and e-scooters to solve last-mile connectivity issues within our congested cities. Equally remarkable is Kanika Jain of Squad, who together with her co-founders has exploited the strength of crowdsourcing to offer a huge, reliable and cost-effective workforce to businesses with huge back-end requirements.
Away from the world of enterprise, we bring you the amazing story of German veterinarian Dr Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, whose unrelenting efforts to revive the dying camel herding communities of Rajasthan, or the Raika, has earned her the Nari Shakti award from the President of India, among other accolades. We also bring you excerpts from the autobiography of Jankidevi Bajaj (Padma Vibhushan awardee and wife of industrialist Jamnalal Bajaj) which has been published recently under the title My Life’s Journey. Then there is Natasha Malpani Oswal, wife of Motilal Oswal Group scion Pratik Oswal and the head of media start-up Dice Media, who epitomises the perfect balance between the worlds of enterprise and literature. She has written an assortment of poems which have been recently published in the form of a book titled Boundless.
With all this and much more, we bring you yet another interesting issue of MARWAR.
Marwar is a community-based magazine with an emphasis on profiling the best and the brightest in the Marwari community. The magazine reaches the elite in India and abroad who want to read and discover the wonders of all things connected with the community. Thus, the subjects featured have to have the flavour of Marwar and Rajasthan—its culture, lifestyle and traditions. We highlight arts, crafts, music, dance and theatre as well as fashion and food that are connected to the region apart from immensely successful businessmen and businesswomen. In the past, luminaries like Laxmi Mittal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Indu Jain, Sanjiv Goenka and Rajashree Birla, to name a few, have graced our cover.