Mario (the Jumping Man) and Donkey Kong are synonymous with childhood for a number of people worldwide. These two widely loved arcade games developed by Nintendo, helped Nintendo establish its position as the foremost player in the video game market and have a breakthrough debut in North America.
Weekends are the days when many of us look forward to a good head massage with oil. The light headed feeling and stress relief after applying hair oil, and the resulting nourishment to the hair, makes oiling a popular ritual in many families. If you are among those who enjoy a good massage, then you may also be interested in reading about one of India’s leading brands with many hair oil brands in its portfolio. Dabur, a name familiar in all (let’s say most) Indian households is a leading Ayurvedic personal care brand as well as the producer of many health care, home care & food products in India.
The brand that I am writing about is the one with the Swoosh logo that is placed on the side of shoes, and is amongst one of the younger brands that dominate the sportswear market around the world. Nike (Ni-KEY), named after the winged Greek goddess of Victory, was founded by American track and field coach Bill Bowerman and middle distance track runner Phil Knights on January 25, 1964. From an idea conceived by Phil Knights while writing his term paper on starting a small business, during his MBA at Stanford University, Nike’s ascent to a world’s leading sports brand makes an interesting story.
Who doesn’t like to pick up souvenirs from the different places they visit? Whenever I visit any place I always make it a point to pick up some mementoes – either a small decoration piece or a key chains or fridge magnet. I remember having picked up almost a dozen of fridge magnets during a trip to Lake District in UK to be given as small gifts to friends and relatives. Two of them are still sticking on my refrigerator door. Shubhra Chadda and Vivek Prabhakar also liked to collect souvenirs from different parts of the world. What set them apart was the eye to spot that the zing was missing in the Indian souvenir market as the souvenirs available in India mainly comprised of Taj replicas and handicrafts. This sowed the idea of Chumbak in their minds and they decided to quit their corporate jobs to follow their passion and create trendy souvenirs with fun crafted Indian themes.
Waste of resources is a mortal sin. ~ Ingvar Kamprad The brand I am writing about is known for its innovative and stylishly designed flat pack furniture. Yes it is IKEA, the largest furniture retail chain with more than 300 stores globally.
‘Wear them ever, wash them never,’ is the adage that goes with Jeans. Now, if you are a mom, I can imagine you have already wrinkled your nose, but hold on! The post is not to tell you why not to wash your Jeans, but to tell you the story of how Jeans, quintessentially a young thing, came into existence with Levi’s, even before the first automobile was developed or Coca Cola was made.
Crystals give a woman the feeling of wearing diamonds without paying the price of diamond. ~Daniel Swarovski. Yes you guessed it right. The brand that I am writing about here is Swarovski – the name that is linked with the brilliance of cut crystals and fashion jewellery.
Moving on from ethnic Indian apparel in my last post, in this post I will write about a western wear brand – Marks & Spencer – one of the best known brands of the British high street available in more than 50 countries including India. With changes in lifestyle, as more and more women in urban India are taking to western wear, M&S brings in quality fashion for urban Indian women and men. .
The brand that I am writing about today is BIBA – the Indian ethnic apparel brand for women. Derived from the Punjabi word Biba, used as an endearment for ‘young, pretty girl’, the brand symbolises the spirit of the young woman. The brand has the same name as a British fashion store of the 1960s and 70s, but that is where the commonality ends.
Garments made from natural fabrics such as cotton and linen have always appealed to me during the summer heat. The brand in India that stands out for its traditional crafts, furnishings and cool hand woven garments made from lightweight, hand printed fabrics is Fabindia, the stores from where I pick up some of my summer wear each year. The ethnic Indian retail chain was started in 1960, by John Bissel, an American, working in India, as a one-man export company of home furnishings to market the diverse crafts of India.