"We specialize only in games and create a huge variety of them."
"Hi, I am Khyali Ram and I was born and brought up in the Churu district of Rajasthan. We are a big family of six brothers and one sister. So it was great fun growing up together. I studied until the 10th Standard and moved to Punjab in 1980 in search of a job. One of my elder brothers was working there.
"I got a job in a handicraft enterprise that dealt in decorative items and games of all kinds. While working there, I had the opportunity to learn the various techniques for crafting chess sets. In 1984, a riot broke out in Punjab and I had to go back to my hometown. But when the situation got back to normal, I returned to my job Punjab where I worked until 1987. My boss offered to let me continue my job in Delhi, where I worked until 1992 when that office was closed.
"By then, I was quite an expert so I teamed up with my brother-in-law and together we started a small workshop with money our family and relatives lent us. Initially, we made chess sets and sold them in the local market. Then a client ordered 100 sets. This was our first big sale. Over the years, our workshop has continued to grow.
"We specialize only in games and create a huge variety of them. Now through Novica, my name will go along with our designs, and for that I am really thrilled. Thank you for making this possible."
Lined up for a battle of kings, queens, bishops and pawns, each player gazes solemnly at the opponents. Khyali Ram crafts a regal chess set from sheesham and kadam wood. Lined in velvet, the board is a box to store the pieces when not in use.
Intricately-carved pieces represent kings, knights, bishops, queens and pawns doing battle as chess pieces. This chess set by Rakesh Pathak brings drama to the game. Working in contrasting tones of sheesham and kadam wood, he creates a game board with....read more
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