On 3 February 2012, Jaysukh Odhavjibhai Bhalodia emerged from a clock exhibition in Mumbai’s Nehru Planetarium and was attacked by a man with a penknife.
The slashes came briskly that Friday evening. After a brief exchange with Bhalodia, the attacker, Sandeep Mathuria, went for the throat. Then the face. Another swipe, aimed at the chest, missed. As Bhalodia was rushed to hospital, Mathuria was taken into custody and booked for attempt to murder. There, he laid bare his financial downfall after being let go as the Nagpur distributor for Bhalodia’s Oreva clocks.
Nearly seven years later, Bhalodia—better known as Jaysukh Patel, or simply Jaysukhbhai—downplays it all.