The making of the complete man

Oct 17, 2014, 07:55 IST | The Guide Team

A new title on the Singhania legacy is a comprehensive chronicle of not just the life and times of one of India's biggest business families but also makes for an insightful timeline in the echelons of the country's growth in the industrial sector. Here's a sneak peek of what's inside the chapters of this fascinating success story

Gautam Hari Singhania
CMD Raymond Ltd.

A historic milestone... it is the story of 90 glorious years of Raymond. It is the efforts of great men, their unshakeable values and their persistence to always keep pace with the exacting standards of The Complete Man. Few companies can boast of this legacy...I am happy that Raymond in its own way has put India on the global map.

ON THE BRAND WAGON Gautam Hari Singhania at the ColorPlus woman launch in 2007 as a response to the emerging role of women in corporate India.

Gautam Hari Singhania

BUSINESS INC (Left to right) Gautam Hari Singhania, his father Dr Vijaypat Singhania with Tata & Sons’ JRD Tata.


NEWS FLASH An event to salute Dr Vijaypat Singhania as he holds a copy of mid-day after winning the ‘Round the World Air Race’.


FROM THE ARCHIVES Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru with the Singhania family.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

MAN OF THE MOMENT The greatest source of satisfaction for Gautam Hari Singhania is that Raymond has fiercely protected its status as one of the few companies in the world that brings wool from the back of the sheep to the back of the man.


WOOL WONDER Gopalkrishna Singhania with a Gopal Merino sheep. It was the outcome of cross-breeding Indian Deccani and Chokla sheep with the Australian Merino rams. The result was high-quality indigenously produced Merino wool, named as Gopal Merino Wool, in memory of the founder of this project — Gopalkrishna Singhania.


RECORD HOLDER Triumphant Dr Vijaypat Singhania on completing the ‘Round the World Air Race’ in 1994.


History files

>> Three years before India’s freedom, the JK Group became the proud owners of the Raymond Woollen Mills.


>> The first exclusive Raymond Retail showroom, King’s Corner was in the JK Building in Ballard Estate.

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