By Shobha Bondre

Dhandha, that means company, is a time period frequently utilized in universal exchange parlance in India. yet there isn't any different neighborhood that absolutely embodies what the time period stands for than the Gujaratis.

Shobha Bondre’s Dhandha is the tale of some such Gujaratis: Jaydev Patel—the long island existence assurance agent credited with having offered regulations worthy $2.5 billion to this point; Bhimjibhai Patel—one of the country’s largest diamond retailers and co-founder of the bold ‘Diamond Nagar’ in Surat; Dalpatbhai Patel—the motelier who went directly to turn into the mayor of Mansfield County; Mohanbhai Patel—a former Sheriff of Mumbai and the best producer of aluminium collapsible tubes; and Hersha and Hasu Shah—owners of over 100 lodges within the US.

Travelling throughout continents—from Mumbai to the United States—in seek in their tale and the typical values that bond them, Dhandha showcases the robust ambition, remarkable means for labor, and the inherent company feel of the Gujaratis.

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He was staring at me, surprised. ’ ‘Uh…uh…a little…,’ I stammered. ’ he asked me. I didn’t know what to say to that. ‘Uh, I mean I do, but…’ ‘When do you find the time to go to school, Bhimu? ’ I didn’t have an answer to that but luckily at that moment the servant gave me the grocery items and I left without another word. On my way back, I kept thinking to myself, Kaka is right. Even though I was enrolled in school, I didn’t attend classes for months on end. For one thing, the school was almost five kilometres away from my home.

He called out to me. ‘Bhimji come in. I haven’t seen you in ages. ’ I went in, had a cup of tea, and we spent some time chatting. As I got up to leave, he put a bag full of fresh beans in my hands. ’ ‘Don’t be silly’, he replied. ‘I have not repaid the money I borrowed from you, neither the capital nor interest. ’ I said, ‘My friend, don’t ever mention the word interest again. And the loan is a completely different matter. Don’t mix it up with this. ’ But my friend felt too embarrassed to take any money.

Gradually, the mess became so popular that we had 20 regular customers. The charges were 45 rupees per person so Ramila earned 900 rupees per month, a sizeable addition to the family income. It was difficult to imagine that just a few months ago, Ramila and I were working as farmhands and earning 4 rupees a day. Now our earning had gone up to thousands every month. The days as a labourer were a thing of the past. Ramila now ran a small business and I held in my hands, not a plough but diamonds.

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