The story begins with family origins, starting from Hashwani’s great-great-grandfather Mukhi Tharoo, a respected Ismaili Muslim who accompanied Aga Khan I on his migration from Iran to India during the 19th century. While the Aga Khan travelled onwards to Bombay, Mukhi Tharoo settled down in coastal Balochistan (either Lasbela or Sonmiani). His son, Mukhi Hashoo, moved to Karachi …
Saad Shafqat for The News Sunday, November 16, 2014: For a variety of factors, some our own doing and some a matter of fate, Pakistan is not considered a particularly business-friendly country. Certainly, not many would think of us as a nation of entrepreneurs, innovators, or businessmen. A book describing itself as “the memoir of one of Pakistan’s most prominent businessmen” is therefore the kind of publishing event that virtually jumps out from bookshelves to intrigue our imagination and whet our curious appetites.
There is no question that Sadruddin Hashwani, the narrator of this memoir, is a towering figure. You may take issue with his aggressive business tactics, his skill at cutting corners, or his willingness to look the other way, but you cannot argue with what he has built, nurtured, and maintained — Pakistan’s leading collection of hotels with world-class standards of hospitality and comfort, spread across all the major cities. This would be considered an exceptionally high level of business success anywhere in the world, but especially so in Pakistan’s unstable political and social climate and chronically struggling economy.
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