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Three Merchants of Bombay: Business Pioneers of the Nineteenth Century by Lakshmi Subramanian

Writer: Lakshmi Subramanian
Publication ‎ Random House India
ISBN-13 978-0143426196
Language: English
Genre: History,Business
Best Sellers Rank: #154,182 in Books
Custoer review 4.0/5
Publish Date: 27 January 2016

"Three Merchants of Bombay: Business Pioneers of the Nineteenth Century" is a book written by Lakshmi Subramanian, a historian and professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. The book was first published in 2016 and explores the lives and legacies of three influential businessmen in Bombay (now Mumbai) during the 19th century.

The three merchants are Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, Premchand Roychand, and Dinshaw Petit, who were all born into humble backgrounds and rose to prominence through their business acumen and entrepreneurship. They were involved in a wide range of industries, including textiles, shipping, banking, and philanthropy.

Through extensive research and analysis, Subramanian provides a detailed account of the lives and achievements of these three men, and explores how they helped shape the economic and social landscape of Bombay during a period of significant change and transformation. She also examines the wider historical and cultural context of their lives, including the impact of colonialism, globalization, and technological advances on the city and its people.

Overall, "Three Merchants of Bombay" offers a fascinating and insightful look at the lives of three important figures in Indian business history. It provides a nuanced understanding of the complex and dynamic forces that shaped the development of Bombay during the 19th century, and highlights the enduring legacies of these pioneering entrepreneurs.