Monthly Archives: July 2013

Break into that laughter as SAB TV ventures into comics

I have been an ardent lover of some of the shows in SAB TV including FIR and Tarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma. These shows are a wave of freshness with a very earthy touch.

For fans like me, SAB TV gives another reason to keep that laughter going, as it ventures into comics. A part of channel’s strategy to revamp the look, there will be innovative offering to keep the viewers glued of which SAB Ke Comics will be a part.


These comics will be available through iOS and Android OS. There are over a 100 comic strips of six shows, entertains fans on the go with short jokes from SAB TV shows and characters. This app has been an extension to newspaper ads in comic strip formats of some of the successful shows including Jeannie aur Juju, Chidiya Ghar, FIR, Lapataganj, R.K. Laxman and Golmaal.

The channel has also unveiled 3D characters of the popular Gadha, Gopi Mama and Gulgule.

Karmik goes beyond borders; to soon open store in Pakistan

I remember speaking with Pradeep Hirani, CMD, Karmik back in mid-2012 when he shared that he would not limit these stores to India but also explore the neighbouring countries. And it finally becomes a reality, as Hirani takes the multi-designer pret retail chain to Pakistan, the first such Indian retailer.

With the focus on reaching the fashionistas of Pakistan, Karmik has entered an international franchise and agreement with Arshadsons, a retail franchise company, from Pakistan. The deal was recently signed in Delhi. Additionally, as part of this master-franchise deal, the plan is to open six stores in cities such as Lahore (also the location for the first store ever in the country), Karachi and Islamabad over the next three years, followed by smaller towns. Estimated investment for this deal is around 3 million dollars over three years.

Agreement signing between Sheikh Aftab Arshad & Pradeep Hirani
Agreement signing between Sheikh Aftab Arshad & Pradeep Hirani

Continue reading Karmik goes beyond borders; to soon open store in Pakistan

Get set to celebrate Asia’s Most Promising Brand in Dubai

World Consulting & Research Corporation (WCRC) is all set to hold Asian Brand and Leadership Summit 2013, in Dubai this August. With this event, the company will also celebrate, Asia’s Most Promising (AMP) brand, a platform that will bring together a constellation of the biggest and most promising brands from India, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

In its first year itself, AMP is happy to announce some of India’s most distinguishing brands and their leaders that are projected to be the market leaders of tomorrow in Asia and around the globe. The brands participating at The Asian Brand and Leadership Summit 2013 are from various categories including banking, IT, auto, healthcare, infrastructure, retail, media & entertainment, food & hospitality, lifestyle and others.

Some of the nominated brands from India are Ambuja Cement, Tata Tiscon, Sunflame, Godrej Interiors, Mahindra Finance, Lotus Refineries, Luxor Pens, Godrej Properties, Amby Valley, NIIT Tech, Suzlon Energy Limited, Muthoot Group, DHFL, Dr. Batra’s, Fortis Healthcare, Mankind Pharma Limited, SRL Diagnostics, ITC Lifestyle, Kent RO, Usha International, Jaypee Group, Godrej Appliances, Kajaria, HR Johnson, Somany, Ultra Tech Cement, JK Lakshmi Cement, Mufti, Gitanjali, Fast Trax Food Pvt. Ltd and many more.

The leading names will be selected on intrinsic and extrinsic brand barometers that are – advised and evaluated – by KPMG in India, and validating processes with precision-driven checks and balances at critical junctures of the research methodology that comprises an eminent panel of International Jury members, brand values-driven online voting parameters and in-depth analysis by the ibrands 360 research team. Continue reading Get set to celebrate Asia’s Most Promising Brand in Dubai

Wildcraft to raise Rs 65-70 crore through PE

The adventure equipment and outdoor gear brand, Wildcraft, is in talks with PE investors to raise nearly Rs 65-70 crore investment. The investment will utilised to expand the brand presence across India.

Wildcraft which began operations in 1992 in Bangalore, it sells products including shoes, jackets, cheaters, convertibles, rucksacks, sleeping bags, tents and hiking accessories. The brand is available across 70 stores, 250 shop-in-shops and 1000 supermarkets. Clocked turnover cross Rs 100 crore in FY’13, the brand has created a niche in the market and currently competes with international brands including Timberland and Decathlon.

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Indian retail market has a been a lucrative ground for PE investors as consumer sentiment still looks good and spending is coming in. Moreover, there is room for brands to expand and reach to a large untouched consumer base, which ensures returns and numbers, unlike other industries which due to lot of economic factor see a negative sentiment.

Gloria Jean’s Coffee now at Viviana Mall

Shopping at Viviana Mall and craving for a hot cup of coffee? Gloria Jean’s comes to your rescue as it opens its coffee house at the mall in Thane. Gloria Jean’s Coffees invites its guests to revive and refresh with the varied gourmet coffee experience.
GJC Coffee

Tony White from Gloria Jean’s Coffees said, “We are delighted to open our latest coffee house in Thane. With a presence in over 40 countries, it is always a great privilege for us to open up a new coffee house and our friends in Thane will soon get to taste real gourmet coffee that the world has come to love and appreciate. We pride ourselves on delivering great coffee and food served from the heart by our experienced and trained baristas.”

Established over 30 years ago, Gloria Jean’s Coffee is known as the maker of quality handmade coffee, from bean to cup. The brand has been a runaway success in the last decade, replicating its home grown Australian success overseas.

Jean-Claude Biguine India opens 10th salon & spa in Mumbai

The French chain of salon & spa, Jean-Claude Biguine has opened its 10th outlet in Mumbai. Located at Linking road – Khar, Mumbai, the launch marks the brand’s landmark achievement of French expertise in hair-care and grooming in the country.

With its flagship salon & spa at Bandra to boast of, another outlet in the close proximity indicates the demand for the brand, which offers in its state-of-the-art ambience; consistent, contemporary and convenient services.

Jean-Claude Biguine Khar Salon2 The launch was successfully launched at a party for which came together designer mother-daughter duo, Neeta and Nishka Lulla along and style magazine – Grazia. The party also had personalities including Suchitra Pillai, Sarah Jane Dias, Lisa Haydon, Karishma Tanna and many others.

Speaking on the occasion, Dharmendra Manwani, CEO, Jean-Claude Biguine India, said “Beauty is a booming business and the Indian grooming industry has really evolved in the past few years. Riding on this growth, we have realised the demand for Biguine; with our Bandra flagship outlet servicing a fair amount of consumers in the neighborhood, the Khar salon & Spa will meet the increased and growing need of the nearby neighborhood.” Continue reading Jean-Claude Biguine India opens 10th salon & spa in Mumbai

Woodland to open 70 stores; aims Rs 1K crore turnover

The adventure sport apparel and footwear brand Woodland has unveiled its plans to expand it presence across India by adding stores and new product categories. With these plans the retailer aims a turnover of Rs 1000 crore by FY’14 end.


Currently, the retailer has 400 company owned and presence across 4000 multi brand outlets. The aim will be open 60-70 stores this year, with a strong focus on smaller cities and towns.

Viviana Mall opens second phase with renowned retail brands

Viviana Mall recently launched in Thane has announced the opening of the second phase of the mall. Developed by Sheth Developers & Realtors the mall is built on a 13- acre plot and spread over an area of one million sq.ft. The biggest development in this phase is the opening of the largest Bata store in the country which is spread across 20,000 sq ft. Moreover, brands including Menz Boulevards, Mahi, Mads Fashion, Digital Express, Ezone, VIP, Kapils, Nyassa, Hallmark, Blur, Flavours of China, Santinos, Indian Tadka, Mad About China, Maroosh and others, have now opened doors for consumers.

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 Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Ashwin Sheth, MD – Sheth Developers & Realtors said, “We have received a phenomenal response for the opening of our first phase and will continue to enrich the shopping experience for our consumers with our vibrant retail offerings.”

Live, work & shop luxuriously as Sikka launches The Downtown project

With growing demands and needs, the consumers now look at projects which offer a 360 degree experience which includes living, working and shopping. Luxury is another area where demand is growing undoubtedly. So understanding the need and demands of the time, Sikka, has ventured into a complete luxury real estate project, The Downtown, Noida, Sector 98 Noida Expressway.

(Left to Right) Mr. Harvinder Sikka, MD, Sonam Kapoor, Mr. Gurneet Sikka, Director, Mr. Gurinder Sikka Chairman, Sikka and Anil Kapoor at the launch of Sikka, The Downtown Continue reading Live, work & shop luxuriously as Sikka launches The Downtown project

Khandani Rajdhani opens at DLF Place Saket

Known for its specialised all vegetarian menu and exquisite thalis, Khandani Rajhdhani from the house of Mirah Hospitality, opens its fifth outlet in the capital. Located at DLF Place Saket, the outlet is spread across 2,800 sq ft with a seating capacity of 84. This is the 35th outlet of the specialised restaurant.


Commenting on the occasion, Ajit Nair, Vice President, F&B Division, Mirah Hospitality, said: “Having successfully conquered South India, our focus this year will be on the expansions in North India. We plan to open five more restaurants during this financial year. Our focus cities in the north will be Delhi-NCR, Amritsar and Mohali.”