The young businessman,Mukesh Jaiswal,whose body was found on Monday evening had a taste for good things in life. We would often tell him not to move around with so much jewellery on him. But he would not listen, said Rakesh Jaiswal,a relative.
Mukesh had a fetish for diamonds and gold. He would often move around wearing two solid gold chains,a diamond-studded bracelet and 5-6 rings with precious stones.
A few months ago,he sold his Honda City to buy a Skoda Octavia. He was a gadget freak and would buy the latest mobile sets. He would never wear the same shirt twice, said a friend.
Ten years ago,when Mukesh was just 20,he lost his father Durga Prasad Jaiswal,who ran a pulse mill in East Canal Road. Soon after he quit his graduation in City College. Mukesh later joined his fathers business,but he fell out with his elder brother Rajesh within a year. While Rajesh moved out to start his own business,Mukesh stayed on with his mother in AD Block of Salt Lake.
Five years ago,he got married to Pooja. His first child died within a few months after birth and he suffered losses in his business, said a close family friend. After this,he began to consult astrologers and vastu experts. It was on their guidance that he left his house in AD block and bought a flat in Chinar Garden at Rajarhat.
Over the last two years,Mukesh entered into partnerships with many people and set up three flourishing businesses in City Center. The first to open was Kaafila,a restaurant that specialised in cuisine from the North West Frontier Province. The interiors are done up with carpets and dummy country-made guns hanging on the wall.
Kaafila,meaning caravan,opened in City Centre in October 2006 and was jointly owned by Vanijya Pvt Ltd (formerly VAMA Enterprises) comprising friends Vivek,Avishek,Mukesh and Anil Jaiswal.
Within six months of Kaafila came The Apartment a lounge bar opened on a partnership basis and then came Dare to Wear,a garment shop.
Only last week,Kaafila Express,a 45-seater dhaba-restaurant,opened on Theatre Road. The Jaiswal friends were planning to take the Afghani food brand to Nagpur,Raipur and Siliguri.
A month ago,Mukeshs wife gave birth to a son who was named Yuvraj. On Sunday evening,hours before he died,Mukesh had taken his son and wife for shopping in City Center.