ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Family Narrative as Business History

Harilal and Sons by Sujit Saraf, New Delhi: Speaking Tiger, 2016; pp 316, ₹ 699.

Normally Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) does not review novels but this is a deserving and valuable exception. Based on the personal and commercial record of his Marwari Bania family over more than a century, author Sujit Saraf recounts the family members’ commercial and personal fates. There are, he reports, 502 descendants of the family firm founder, who died in 1960 at the age of 80. The novel reports the family members’ changing sets of values, professions and orientations responding to commercial community traditions, business opportunities, secular education and political movements.

Family and the Firm

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Updated On : 1st Mar, 2019


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