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40 Years Ago...And now: Padmini helped Premier drive around hurdles

Despite government controls, Walchand Hirachand Group cracked the market

Long before the iPad got invented in Cupertino, California, India had its own 'Pad' to enjoy. And, laying hands on one of these in the seventies and eighties was even more challenging than queuing, overnight, outside an Apple store for a new iPad version. Indians who wanted a Pad had to wait not for days or weeks, but years. The wait culminated with a call from the dealer, asking the lucky owner to pick it up. More often than not, besides the buyer's immediate family, friends and well-wishers, too, gathered to celebrate the Pad's home-coming. Pad was a moniker for the ...