How to become the doyen of denim in licence raj
Arvind Mills was born in colonial India and survived both the shortage economy and liberalization. Its journey is a case study of the resilience of Indian enterprise
As a boy, Kasturbhai Lalbhai loved nothing more than chasing kites in the gullies of his ancestral neighbourhood Jhaveriwada in Ahmedabad’s old walled city. But after his father’s death in 1912, the 17-year-old was pulled out of school and summoned to run his family’s fledgling textile factory. He went on to become one of the most illustrious mill-owners of modern India.