The Godrej rhyme

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This poem, which traces the evolution of the Godrej Group in the early days, was read by Nadir Godrej in 1997, the centenary of the Group’s founding, at the inauguration of a research centre named after Dr Burjor P Godrej, who pioneered the soap and oleochemical industry.

When Ardeshir Godrej joined the bar

He was soon sent to Zanzibar.

Where he soon found that to win

He was obliged to commit a sin

Today it may not seem uncouth

To legally distort the truth

But Ardeshir was of sterner stuff

He told himself enough’s enough.

He quit the law and looked for work.

And commencing with this little quirk,

The Godrej group got its start.

His first attempts were not so smart.

The man who abjured perjury

Made instruments for surgery.

The technology was very fine

But products of the best design

Can fail if the unseen hand

Decides there is no demand.

This early failure was no block.

He moved on to the humble lock.

By carefully eliminating,

The spring, a part known for failing,

He patented a better lock

And soon sold out all his stock.

And now I would like to mention

That he next turned his attention

To an object then quite misleadingly

Known as a safe which was exceedingly

Likely not to have the desired effect.

Most safes were unable to protect

Their precious contents from the dire

Damage by the terrible fire

Resulting from the great earthquake

That made San Francisco shake.

After much research he was on track

He changed the design of the back

And proudly claimed that he had found

A perfect fire-proof compound.

In ’44 disaster struck

Is there no end to bad luck?

An explosion ripped through the port,

There was damage of every sort,

Godrej safes though completely bathed

In fierce fires were unscathed.

No form of praise could have been higher

His safes survived ordeal by fire.

Soap at that time was made from fat.

But Hindus couldn’t live with that.

After much experiment and toil

He made a soap from vegetable oil.

To his scientific attitude

We owe a debt of gratitude.

And thanks to his firm foundation

Today we have this celebration.

The torch of science burned on bright

With Burjorji it found new light.

From fatty acid he made soap

An innovation of great scope.

And then he pioneered fractionation

And much to people’s consternation

The quality of acid made

Was superior to cosmetic grade,

Without being triple pressed

His fatty acids truly impressed.

Till his last day he was at work

Alpha olefins were his quirk.

Today we take them quite for granted

He was the one that early planted

The seed from which we could grow

The oleochemicals that we now show.

In his honour we dedicate this lab.

You still might see an empty slab.

But soon I’m told it will be filled

And students then will be thrilled

To have the chance that he enjoyed

To see how the spirit’s buoyed

When science works for human needs

And uproots the widespread weeds

Of sloppy thought and superstition.

I think it should be our ambition

That science should empower our nation

And pull us out of our stagnation.

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A section of the first steel rail track rolled that from the Tata Steel (then the Tata Iron & Steel Co. Ltd, Sakchi), Jamshedpur on March 18th 1912 has been reclaimed by the company.

The item was set up for sale at the Sotheby’s in London. As per their records, this was cut to be used as a desk weight, and was presented to Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquis of Crewe (1858-1947) by Tata Steel. This “desk weight” became part of “The Duchess” Indian collection consisting of property and precious objects from the Estate of Mary, the Duchess of Roxburghe.

The engraved text on it says “FIRST RAIL ROLLED FROM TATA STEEL BY THE TATA IRON & STEEL CO. LTD. / SAKCHI. INDIA/ MARCH 18TH 1912 / THE RIGHT HONOURABLE MARQUIS OF CREWE K. G.” — possibly done when it was gifted by the Tatas to Robert Crewe-Milnes.

Sotheby’s website mentions “LOT SOLD. 9,375 GBP (919,970 INR) (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)“; the press release from the company does not mention the price, though.

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Industrial Development bank of India (IDBI) was constituted under Industrial Development bank of India Act, 1964 as a Development Financial Institution and came into being as on July 01, 1964. A new company under the name of Industrial Development Bank of India Limited (IDBI Ltd.) was incorporated as a Govt. Company on September 27, 2004. Towards achieving the faster inorganic growth of the Bank, IDBI Bank Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of IDBI Ltd. was amalgamated with IDBI Ltd. in 2005. In 2008, the name of the merged entity was changed from IDBI to IDBI Bank.

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State Bank of India old logo
State Bank of India old logo
State Bank of India cheque
State Bank of India cheque

The State Bank of India was formed by the nationalization of the Imperial Bank of India in July 1955. This was the culmination of a IBI’s role in independent India — the debate on its bias towards European businesses and against indigenous entrepreneurs, and the slow pace of Indianization of its staff and management. The Rural Credit Survey Committee saw the proposed State Bank of India as a key part of its integrated system of rural credit. Consequently, the plan to nationalize the Imperial Bank became part of a wider effort to direct the funds of the banking system into certain neglected, but important, sectors of the economy such as agriculture, and spread banking facilities in rural areas.

Imperial Bank of India Emblem
Imperial Bank of India Emblem
Imperial Bank of India Cheque
Imperial Bank of India Cheque

The Imperial Bank was formed as a joint-stock bank in January 1921 by amalgamating the Presidency Banks of Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras. This amalgamation was a response both to the felt need for a bank which would hold government balances and use them to deepen the country’s financial structure, and to the threat which the Presidency Banks felt was likely to emanate from the inroads the London clearing banks were planning to make in India. Almost from its inception, the Imperial Bank had the status of a quasi-central bank, undertaking until the formation of the Reserve Bank of India in 1935, banking functions for the Government of India and other banking institutions and managing the rupee debt of the government.

SBI 200 Years Stamp
SBI 200 Years Stamp

Bank of Calcutta History:

The collapse of the Mughal empire, the uncertainity and political turmoil that followed, and the advent of the colonial power structure shook the existing ‘banking’ system in Indian. Indigenous bankers were eclipsed as Agency Houses took control of large finances. These agency houses enjoyed state patronage and some even established banks.

Bank of Bengal Building
Bank of Bengal Building

Among the early issuers, the General Bank of Bengal and Bahar (1773-75) was a state sponsored institution set up in participation with local expertise. Its notes enjoyed government patronage. Though successful and profitable, the bank was officially wound up and was short lived. The Bank of Hindostan (1770-1832) was set up by the agency house of Alexander and Company was particularly successful. It survived three panic runs on it. The Bank of Hindostan finally went under when its parent firm M/s Alexander and Co. failed in the commercial crisis of 1832. Official patronage and the acceptance of notes in the payment of revenue was a very important factor in determining the circulation of bank notes. Wide use of bank notes, however, came with the note issues of the semi-government Presidency Banks, notably the Bank of Bengal which was established in 1806 as the Bank of Calcutta with a capital of 50 lakh sicca rupees. These banks were established by Government Charters and had an intimate relationship with the Government. The charter granted to these banks accorded them the privilege of issuing notes for circulation within their circles.

Notes issued by the Bank of Bengal can broadly be categorised in 3 broad series viz: the ‘Unifaced’ Series, the ‘Commerce’ Series and the ‘Britannia’ Series. First came the unifaced notes.

Bank of Bengal Unifaced Currency
Bank of Bengal Unifaced Currency

The Bank of Bengal notes later introduced a vignette represented an allegorical female figure personifying ‘Commerce’ sitting by the quay. The notes were printed on both sides. On the obverse the name of the bank and the denominations were printed in three scripts, viz., Urdu, Bengali and Nagri.

Bank of Bengal Britannia Series Currency
Bank of Bengal Britannia Series Currency
Bank of Bengal Commerce Series Currency
Bank of Bengal Commerce Series Currency

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The second Presidency Bank was established in 1840 in Bombay, which had developed as major commercial centre. The Bank had a checkered history. The crisis resulting from the end of the speculative cotton boom led to the liquidation of Bank of Bombay in 1868. It was however reconstituted in the same year. Notes issued by the Bank of Bombay carried the vignettes of the Town Hall and others the statues of Mountstuart Elphinstone and John Malcolm.

Bank of Bombay currency
Bank of Bombay currency
Bank of Bombay Building
Bank of Bombay Building

Bank of Madras History:

The Bank of Madras’s history is officially traced to its formation in 1843 by the merger of Carnatic Bank (Fort St. George, 1788), the Madras Bank (1795) and the Asiatic Bank (1804). Banking in Madras can be traced to 1682 1 when Governor Gyfford and his council who established the Madras Bank — the first bank in India 2. 3 The notes of the Bank of Madras bore the vignette of Sir Thomas Munroe, Governor of Madras (1817-1827).

Bank of Madras currency
Bank of Madras currency
The Bank of Madras building
The Bank of Madras building

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Bank of Bikaner Ltd:

Bank of Bikaner was founded Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner in 1944. 1

Maharaja Ganga Singh, Bank of Bikaner
Maharaja Ganga Singh, Bank of Bikaner
Bank of Bikaner Cheque
Bank of Bikaner Cheque

Bank of Jaipur Ltd:

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Ramnath Anandilal Podar, Bank of Jaipur
Ramnath Anandilal Podar, Bank of Jaipur

Bank of Jaipur