Doing it my way


SP MalhotraHe became head of his family and business when he was only fifteen. Orphaned at nineteen, rendered homeless by Partition at twenty-one, Satpal Malhotra arrived in Pune at 8.30 pm on the 13th of November 1947. In three days time he had rented a shop, set up a business, and even made a profit. This book is the dramatic and searingly honest autobiography of the founder of Weikfield, the Indian food products company with the longest history, the largest distribution network – and the best taste.

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There’s No Such Thing as a Self-Made Man


PP ChhabriaThis is the true story of Pralhad P. Chhabria, a young Indian boy who had nothing – no money, no contacts, not even any education – and began a small business which grew to become one of India’s largest cable and pipe companies, Finolex.

P. P. Chhabria was born in 1930 to a wealthy family. But his father died when he was only 12 and he was sent to work as a cleaning boy in a small cloth shop in Karachi for a monthly wage of Rs. 10. He lived briefly in Amritsar and moved to Poona in 1945.
Working his way through stints as a domestic servant, a collection agent, a trader in electrical accessories, and a supplier of defence contracts, he flourished with the unrelenting instinct of the entrepreneur. He established Finolex in 1958 along with his younger brother Kishan or K.P. Chhabria. The company is now the number one manufacturer of cables in India, and second only to Reliance in the manufacture of PVC resin.

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The spirit of Sandvik: 50 Years in India


The spirit of SandvikThe book captures the process of technology transfer from the world’s leading country to a (then) technologically – raw nation. Sandvik’s hi-tech engineering technology, advanced products, expert R&D, people competence and world leading position brought new opportunities for the country and its people. In ways more than one, the company contributed in consolidating India’s industrial status and development. This biography shows how a company has been successful in creating an operation combining qualities from both Sweden and India.

How Pune became an industrialised city


NP Tolani

Dr NP Tolani

At one level, this is Dr Nandlal P Tolani’s personal narrative, and describes thoughts, feelings and incidents from his life. At another, it provides a vibrant context for ninety years of Indian history.

Dr Tolani was born and raised in pre-Partition India, and this book gives an insight into the little-known story of the Hindus of Sindh, their unspoken trauma and the heroic rebuilding of their lives. Through Dr Tolani’s vivid descriptions and often humorous anecdotes, the prevailing business process, strategy and environment, and how these evolved over the decades, come to life.

During the journey that made Tolani Shipping a highly respected company in India and abroad, Dr Tolani left a prominent mark in other areas too. An original thinker who earned a PhD from Cornell University, he tells here of his sailing adventures and bridge trophies, and also the platforms he created for others to enjoy and compete in these sports. Most significant, in this book we observe Dr Tolani’s commitment to education through the institutions of higher learning he endowed and created, which have gained domestic and international recognition and empowered thousands of youngsters.