A man worthy of the Nobel peace prize

I had just entered my teens when my father sent me to attend a Shibir in Palanpur. A Shibir is an Indian version of a camp and was organized by Kumarpal V Shah on spirituality. That was the first time I met the grand philanthropist. At that time I had very little knowledge of who... Continue Reading →

The Richest Family

Imagine sitting on a small square mattress placed on the floor, with a small square table in front of you. Just like students studied, once upon a time, in a Gurukul. You look up from the scrolls and your gaze falls on the silvery hues of the mighty Ganges, flowing past you with its hidden... Continue Reading →

Adoni 518301

As a youngster had I known the historic importance of Adoni I might have never left. I mean would you have been able to part with a 500 year old history? Adoni passed from the hands of the Vijaynagara Empire to Bijapur Sultanate to Raja Anup Singh of Bikaner to the Nizam of Hyderabad to... Continue Reading →

Anekāntavād – the concept of many sidedness

You would have all heard the story of “The elephant and the blind men” at some point in your life. Even I didn’t know that this story originated in India, from where it spread far and wide. The Buddhist text Udana written during the lifetime of Gautam Buddha c.500 BCE, contains one of the earliest... Continue Reading →

Maa

I have written about my mother before and I don’t think I will be saying anything new which others might not have written or spoken about, in relation to their mothers. Mothers are very interesting creatures, in our culture most of the time, they are in the background and do not get the due credit... Continue Reading →

The Secret to Indian’s Growth

As an entrepreneur and businessman I always keep a finger on the pulse of the market. The other day while surfing the net I was alarmed to see that the IMF has projected India's per capita GDP to dip below our little neighbor to the left. I have visited Bangladesh several times and was appalled... Continue Reading →

My Brush with Philanthropy

Until I got into it I didn't realize what difficult work Philanthropy is. Having money and giving it to a cause is the easy part. I was only 19 when I started my business and I had to wait for 9 Diwalis before the business started to make any profit. Imagine 9 long years of... Continue Reading →

(Un)Ease of doing Business

Exactly 25 years ago in 1995 a very iconic and life changing event took place. The first-ever mobile phone call was made in India. West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, from the Writer’s Building in Kolkata, spoke to Union Telecom Minister Sukh Ram at Sanchar Bhavan in New Delhi. And thus began the advent of... Continue Reading →

Micchami Dukkaḍam

On the occasion of Samvatsari Pratikraman as I delve further into the history of Jainism I would like to share a story. But before I share that story I would like to give some background of "Micchkami Dukkhadam". Michchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ appears in the Airyapathiki Sutra, verses 3.124 and 3.130 of the Yoga sastra and it's... Continue Reading →

The Quintessential Paryushan Tap

Born into a Jain family I was quite familiar with the parampara followed in a traditional family. In Adoni the ‘Jain community' is very small and closely knit. Having lived in a large joint family I grew up seeing my family, friends and community participating in different fasting rituals.Fasting or Tap is a very important... Continue Reading →

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