A few years back, when my daughter was growing up, one of my favourite weekend pastime was to go with her to Crossword bookstore. Dropping in at Crossword lifestyle bookstore on the way to the super market was integrated into our weekend schedule. We both would go to the respective sections of our choice, browse through some books, read a few chapters and pick up a few that we wanted to purchase, have some snacks and then leave. The well-lit stores with books neatly stacked on smooth wooden racks, soft light instrumental music playing in low volume in the background provided the perfect ambience for getting lost in a book. The demarcation of different categories made it easier to spot the books in a particular category. Most of all, I loved the Crossword Recommend Section.
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).
When we talk of a water purifier in India, the name that instantly rings a bell is Aquaguard. Now, with Madhuri Dixit beaming her magnetic smile with Dr Nene by her side in the Aquaguard TV commercial, I had almost forgotten about the smart gentleman who would appear in the ads to come and demonstrate house cleaning using a vacuum cleaner to a child or show how air/water purifiers were indispensable. Yes, I am referring to the dynamic ‘Eurochamps,’ who projected the image of ‘The friendly man‘ from Eureka Forbes.