Dhandha: How Gujaratis Do Business

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dhandhaBy Shobha Bondre | Random House, April 2013

What makes the Gujaratis such an enterprising lot? How do they manage to create successful businesses? Dhandha, meaning business, is a term often used in common trade parlance in India. But there is no other community that fully embodies what the term stands for than the Gujaratis. Innately business minded and highly persevering, their entrepreneurial spirit has led them to taste enviable success in their chosen fields. Shobha Bondre’s Dhandha is the story of five such Gujaratis— Mohanbhai Patel, Bhimjibhai Patel, Jaydev Patel, Dalpatbhai Patel, and Hersha and Hasu Shah. Travelling across continents—from Mumbai to the United States—in search of the story of their life and the common values that bond them, Dhandha showcases the powerful ambition, incredible capacity for hard work, and the inherent business sense of the Gujarati people.