A brief history
In 1870 a father and son set out on a voyage that they had made before. Merchants by profession, they would sail from their hometown of Mandvi in Kutch on the Indian western seaboard to Zanzibar and from there to Muscat before returning home to Mandvi. At each port they would sell and barter the goods that they brought in for new specialities from that particular region, which would then be sold at their next destination. It was a merchant’s life and an intrepid one as much of their success depended on the skill of the captain and crew as well as favourable winds and calm seas.
This 1870 voyage however, was different. A decision had been taken that the son would stay back at one of the ports where the trade had been profitable and the hospitality had been gracious and welcoming. The father was Ramdas Thackersay and his son was Khimji Ramdas. They may not have known it at the time but their decision was to build a business that went far beyond the simple trading that they practiced at the time.
In 1920 Khimji Ramdas was to retire and hand the reins of the business over to his son Gokaldas. Steered by Gokaldas with the support of his siblings, most notably his youngest brother Mathradas, the company expanded into new areas of commerce and industry. Today the name Khimji Ramdas represents a business house that is renowned for quality and integrity. Carried forward by the sons and daughters of Khimji Ramdas the family business is now in its sixth generation, firmly grounded in its past with a visionary outlook for the future.
Kanaksi Gokaldas Khimji
Pic Credit : Chris Kutschera