11 stories in Surat

C Mahendra Export Ltd

Personal / Karanji (Navagam),Varachha Road

Jaydip Medhat

7 days ago

C.Mahendra Exports Ltd., a renowned and trusted name since 1974, is one of the leading diamantaire and jewelry company with a wide spread around the world.

The pioneers of the Company, Mr. Mahendra Shah and Mr. Champak Mehta incorporated the business from the scratch in 1974. The flagship company of our CM Group, C.Mahendra Exports was formed in the year 1978 to carry on the business of manufacturing and trading of diamonds.

With a dream nurtured since 1978 in the Pioneers heart, to cater the diamond industry with consistent supply of polished diamonds, C.Mahendra Exports set up its first state of the art factory for manufacturing cut and polished diamonds in Surat, India in the year 1993.

In 2006, C.Mahendra Exports commissioned the second state of the art manufacturing factory at Varachha Road, Surat, India to manufacture large size polished diamonds.

To cut and polished diamonds with ultimate brilliance, C.Mahendra Exports has employed the latest and most advanced technologies for manufacturing of diamonds. CM Group has a highly skilled pool of human resources.

Today, through high business standards and ethics, impressive business model, CM Group has ensured a consistent supply of rough diamonds.

With overseas sales and distribution associates in 6 countries:

Hong Kong

Thailand - Bangkok

India - Mumbai

UAE - Dubai

Belgium - Antwerpen

U.S.A

CM Group is firmly established across the value chain and in all major diamonds and jewelry centers globally.

C.Mahendra Exports has its presence in the diamond studded jewellery business. Ciemme Jewels Ltd., a subsidiary of the company, designs and manufactures, diamond studded jewellery which is retailed under the brand name "Ciemme" across the world.

Today, C.Mahendra Exports enjoys an envious position in the diamond industry of being one of the top exporters with an unblemished client record.

In the sari shop

Personal / Athwa

Shriram Iyengar

19 days ago

Ask a South Indian male if he has ever been sari shopping and you will be subjected to perhaps the most heart wrenching tales ever told outside Anna Karenina or Les Miserables. It is a tragedy that unfolds every year across millions of homes in the southern part of this country. Actually, it might not be too different up north either. Allow me to provide evidence.

My mother loves shopping as much as I hate it. I have come to believe that it is her way of getting back at me for being born. So when she decided to spend a weekend shopping in Surat, I prepared for hell. As we walked down Ghoddod road, the day was only beginning.

The sari shop is the Minotaur’s maze for men. Many a man has been lost and forgotten in these corridors, while the women give in to their shopping frenzies. I have seen clean shaven young men enter these stores and grow a beard before they get through the sari odyssey. The delay and the parliamentarian arguments over 6 yards of cloth is tiresome.

Even more annoying is when your mother asks you if one sari is better than another. Frankly, if I could tell the difference I would’ve chosen it as a career. To my credit, I have learnt certain terms like Kanjeevaram, zari, border, chiffons and georgettes. Asking me to define each of them however, might result in a transformation into Christian Bale’s American Psycho. Complete. With the axe. My disinterest in the thing also acts as my disadvantage. As the salesman worked on his charm and dropped names and inputs about the sari’s creation and art, my mother looked at him like the son she never had. This despite the fact that I would eventually foot the high bill.

This is not a one time process either. Women usually march from one end of the street to the other, and back to find the perfectly priced saree. A bargain, for them, is not economics. It determines their credibility among the other aunties in society. My mother hates nothing more than having bought a saree at a price higher than her neighbour, no matter how beautiful the thing is. So, we walked. Me with my bald head burning up in the sun. Up and down the street we went a-haggling. I almost lost count and was about to put in my papers, when she finalised her choices and asked me to pay the bill.

As we walked out onto the street, my mom was supremely happy. She had picked a real steal, she beamed. I nodded. Freedom was too precious a thing to lose to a retort. She had bought 3 saris that looked just like the ones she had back home.




Surtis prepare for the city's first ever night marathon

News / Athwa Lines

WoNoBo Editor

about 1 month ago

If you happen to be wandering around Surat tonight and see hundreds of people running your way, don't be alarmed. They might be running the first Surat Night Marathon. The event gets underway 9 pm tonight, and will see 7-10 lakh people participating. The route will see participants running along the VIP road towards Athiwagate. The event has been organised to generate funds for cancer patients. The race will be flagged off by the Gujarat Chief minister, Narendra Modi and former athlete, Milkha Singh. Although for a good cause, many office goers might have a marathon Monday to bear too.

Surat to shine on with new Forevermark Diamond Institute

News / Nehru Nagar Society,Varachha Road

WoNoBo Editor

2 months ago

In a recent announcement, Stephen Lussier, CEO of Forevermark, the premium diamond brand from the world's largest diamond company, De Beers Group, shared plans to build their second Forevermark Diamond Institute in Surat, India. This is where the company's diamond selection, inscription and grading will be done.

The institute in Surat will be the second one after the Forevermark Diamond Institute in Antwerp, Belgium. The facility, which will initially aim at a capacity of 300 to 350 thousand diamonds per annum in four years, is likely to be operational by the first quarter of 2015. The company hopes to invest about $7 million in the project. Sachin Jain, the company's India President points out that the better performing markets have been smaller markets and they are already at par with urban markets.

With news of a city tourism campaign and now this, Surat seems to be polishing all its rough edges. In the words of a famous rock band, shall we say, 'Shine on you crazy diamond'.

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Now, a local body to promote Brand Surat

News / Athwa

WoNoBo Editor

3 months ago

Known for it's diamonds, textiles and food, Surat sounds like a major tourist attraction, but numbers prove otherwise. This may soon change with local industries coming together with the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to create a campaign to market 'Brand Surat' globally.

Waking up to the need of such a promotional campaign that can help boost tourism, entrepreneurs from the diamond, textile and hotel industries have come forward to form a body that is chalking out plans to aggressively market Brand Surat. The search is on for brand ambassadors, possibly Bollywood stars, who will be the face of the campaign.

Surat city is now swankier with buildings like the Sardar Patel Museum, more organized with its infrastructure like elevated roads and flyovers and offers both local and international tourists a wide variety of things to see and do. (To know more, see here: http://walking-tours.wonobo.com/surat)So let's hope that while the Big B promotes Gujarat Tourism as a whole, the state's 'diamond city' finds its foothold in the tourism world too.

Now, a local body to promote Brand Surat

News / Navyug College

WoNoBo Editor

3 months ago

Known for it's diamonds, textiles and food, Surat sounds like a major tourist attraction, but numbers prove otherwise. This may soon change with local industries coming together with the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to create a campaign to market 'Brand Surat' globally.

Waking up to the need of such a promotional campaign that can help boost tourism, entrepreneurs from the diamond, textile and hotel industries have come forward to form a body that is chalkingout plans to aggressively market Brand Surat. The search is on for brand ambassadors, possibly Bollywood stars, who will be the face of the campaign.

Surat city is now swankier with buildings like the Sardar Patel Museum, more organized with its infrastructure like elevated roads and flyovers and offers both local and international tourists a wide variety of things to see and do (To know more, see here:http://walking-tours.wonobo.com/surat). So let's hope that while the Big B promotes Gujarat Tourism as a whole, the state's 'diamond city' finds its foothold in the tourism world too.

Jalaram Xerox

Personal / Kharadi Sheri,Mahidharpura

Ashwin Bardoliwala

5 months ago

Xerox & Office automation

Sky-high airfares leave Surtis upset

News / Surat Airport,Dumas

WoNoBo Editor

5 months ago

Soaring prices of flight tickets left many Surat residents angered and upset over the long Diwali weekend and after. Due to a high demand in flights, the two carriers that operate at the Surat airport, SpiceJet and Air India, increased fares exorbitantly. The flight rates, some residents say, were around Rs. 21,000 from Surat to Delhi or Mumbai, in comparison to the rates of approximately Rs 10,000 from Chennai to Delhi!

Many feel that the lack of competition allows existing operators to fleece fliers. With a city population of 47 lakh, and only one daily flight connecting Surat to Mumbai and Delhi, the airport director has stated that the airport is well equipped to handle more number of flights in and out of the city. We sincerely hope this happens soon for the country's 'diamond' city.

Surat to run dry for two days

News / Narmad Nagar Society,Athwa Lines

WoNoBo Editor

6 months ago

Residents across the city of Surat are preparing themselves for two dry days from October 22 till October 24. The Surat Municipal Corporation will be implementing a water cut for two days, while they carry out repairs of the 1200 mm old pipeline between Delhi gate and Lal darwaja. The water cut will affect a major portion of Varaccha, Katargam and the Central zones. The remaining areas will receive water, although at extremely low pressures. This is bound to affect the hotels and restaurants across the city. Residents have already prepared for the temporary drought by storing up water in containers. Hopefully, it should last them for the next couple of days. It will be a long 48 hours for Surtis in the city.

The haunting at Dumas

Personal / Surat

Caryn Putman

7 months ago

Even though ghosts and spirits scare the bejesus outta me, I happen to be a junkie for all things paranormal. So, when I last visited Surat, I was most intrigued when a family friend told me about a paranormal encounter his friend had at Dumas Beach. The story goes something like this.

This guy happened to be walking down the beach, with a friend, sometime in the late evening. They were busy enjoying the sunset when a pack of dogs came charging straight at them, barking madly. Paralysed with fright, the two of them stood rooted to the spot, not knowing what to do next. Surprisingly, the dogs ran straight past them, as if they weren't even there. Chalking it up to one of those crazy things dogs do, they decided to walk a little further before turning back.

A few steps ahead, they heard whispers. Thinking it was the wind, they ignored it, until they both heard a pretty clear voice telling them to go no further. That was the last straw. The two of them did an about turn and hurried back the way they came. This was only one in a series of happenings at Dumas.

As much as I enjoy listening to stories that “really happened to a friend’s, aunt’s, husband’s, brother,” I don't really put much stock in them. This particular spot, however, is where the locals allegedly cremate their dead. So I convinced my friend to accompany me (not because I enjoyed his company; I was just too scared to go on my own) to “that fateful spot” to see for myself what all the hype was about.

We walked down, through the crowds, and made our way towards the end of the beach. We sat there for a while talking about this, that and the other, waiting for the sun to set. Almost immediately, we noticed the number of people at the beach drop. Soon, there was hardly anyone around. So we weren't the only ones who had heard of the Ghosts of Dumas.

We waited for almost an hour, but nothing strange happened. We finally decided that all those ghost stories were a whole lot of crap. We were just about to leave when we noticed a marked drop in the temperature. Despite the strong wind, both of us clearly heard a voice behind us asking, “Ahiya su kare che?” which translates to “What are you doing here?” We turned around, but there was no one around. That was proof enough for me.

I would like to say that we stayed to find out where the voice came from, but that was not what happened. We spun around and hightailed it outta there. The next time someone tells me a place is haunted, I think I’ll just believe.