Catching up with friends over a cup of coffee is a delightful proposition for most people. Realizing the need for young people to hangout in an ambient atmosphere, the brand that pioneered the café culture in India is Café Coffee Day or CCD (as we know it).
In the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety and security needs are placed just after our basic or physiological needs including food, water, air, shelter, sleep etc. The security of our house and possessions are of paramount importance to all of us. A sturdy lock on the door gives most of us a sense of security. Probably Ardeshir Godrej realized this when he spotted business opportunity in manufacturing locks. Here goes the story of the Godrej and Boyce that started as a lock making business, back in 1897. The logo is a signature of its founder Ardeshir Godrej in a running hand.
Do you remember in your childhood, how enjoyable the bicycle ride used to be? The tumble and stumble before you learn to pedal are a part of the childhood fun. Then, those of you, with a fondness for Hindi movies, will also know that bicycles and Bollywood movies have had a very old relationship. As bicycles used to be the major mode of personal transportation in India, till the 1970s, these featured prominently in many movies. Lately, too, we saw Amitabh Bachchan, moving around Kolkata, on a bicycle, in the film Piku. Anushka and Ranveer Singh raced their bicycles on a road in Istanbul in the movie Dil Dhadakne Do. The credit for bringing about the bicycle revolution in India, often goes to Om Prakash Munjal, the founder and co-chairman of Hero Cycles. Also known as the Father of Indian Cycle Industry, OP Munjal passed away on 13rth August, 2015, at the age of 86. Here’s the story of Hero Cycles, the leading bicycle manufacturing brand in India, and the world’s largest cycle manufacturer by volume.
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.
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.
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 symbolizes 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.
It is late afternoon. As I sip my tip while dipping the biscuit, I feel that tea without biscuits is just as incomplete as fritters without dips. Tea time snacking is a common habit in the Indian culture, with biscuits being the most widely used tea time snacks. My pick for today is Britannia, a household name for biscuits, bread, and cakes in India. .
Much like salt, pepper and pickles, jams and ketchups find a permanent place in most of our kitchen shelves or on the dining table. Talking about jams, the label on the jar mostly reads Kissan. So here goes the brand story of Kissan. .
Today, my pick in the food brand series is Kitchens of India– a brand that specializes in bringing to life gourmet Indian dishes from across the country in the form of ready to eat packs. Introduced in 2001 by ITC, Kitchens of India is one of ITC‘s major food brands.