Read about a true story as to how business was done based
on shear trust and honesty in the old days (around 1830- 1840).
This story involved the famous Nagar seth of Ahmedavad, Seth
Himabhai and Nagar Seth of Jetpur, Seth Nabherambhai Kamdar.
Seth Himabhai had honored a hundi of one lakh 50 thousand
rupees from Seth Narbherambhai without having personally known
him. At present value, it could be equivalent to 300 to 400
The special bond that Seth Himabhai and Seth Narbherambhai
left, was revived unknowingly in 1970 at Atul's Factory in
Valsad (Gujarat). That story goes a little something like
this. Niranjan Mehta, the great grandson of Narbheram Seth,
was the captain of the Gujarat Cricket team. The host of the
match was the local industrialist, Seth Siddarth Kasturbhai
Lalbhai. Before the match day, Seth Siddarth's son, Sunil
(age 10) was stricken with typhoid. As a great fan of cricket,
he wanted to meet, Gujarat's captain, Niranjan Mehta and Maharashtra's
captain Chandu Borde. His father, Seth Siddarth, invited Borde
and Niranjan Mehta to his home, without him knowing that this
Niranjan Mehta is the great grandson of Seth Narbheram (see
the picture on the right). This is the same Seth Narbheram
that Seth Himabhai visited in 1830 in Jetpur. To these great
business families were able to maintain contact by forces
unknown. Both families have the longest family recorded history
in the world.