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India will become one of the world’s best markets in fashion: Hari Anand

Indian fashion industry is capable of accommodating more players, says renowned fashion designer Hari Anand

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We have good models and designers here. The only thing that we need is to cultivate a culture of professionalism, says eminent fashion designer Hari Anand, in an interview with Lakshmi Narayanan

Could you tell us about your entry into Indian fashion Industry?

I have a humble beginning. I was born and brought up in Kerala. After my schooling, I went to Mumbai, seeking a good career option. And, my search ended up in fashion designing. I did my graduation there and started my career in designing. I came back to Kerala and started my own fashion store titled Glada in 1988. My focus was to make popular Mumbai style of fashion in Kerala. As fashion is a continuing process, I could not stop learning.

What’s your take on the present status of our fashion scenario?

Indian fashion industry is a rapidly growing one, and which has all the potential to become one of the world’s best markets in fashion. We have good models and designers here. The only thing that we need is to cultivate a culture of professionalism.  We have a tremendous opportunity here. Fashion retail is booming in all over India and many new players are coming in. Indian fashion industry is capable of accommodating more players. That is a very positive symbol of its growth.

But when it comes to Kerala, my home town, we are still 15 years late in fashion, this has to be changed.

Fashion is an art, I design dresses for a better living, and I make dresses for making your dreams bigger. That is my idea of fashion

On fashion designers and society

Many of us are not aware of the importance of a fashion designer. They often consider fashion designer as a tailor and vice versa.  A tailor can never be a designer. He only executes the commands given by the designer. A fashion designer is the one who creates the DNA of the cloth.  A good designer is one who forecasts seasonal fashion.

On the scope of fashion studies

Fashion technology is a wide and great subject with extensive scope. Fashion is a part of clothing, which is considered as one among our primary needs after food and water. So, fashion studies have great scope till the time humans exist.

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What is your concept of fashion designing?

I love fashion, and I am so passionate about fashion. I never compel anyone to follow my designs or creativity. Fashion is an art, I design dresses for a better living, and I make dresses for making your dreams bigger. That is my idea of fashion.

On fashion and entrepreneurship

As I said, people are very passionate about fashion, especially in wedding. They wish to be the best on their ‘big days’; they are willing to spend a lot for that. During earlier days, fashion was restricted to cloths. Now things have changed, from printing a wedding card to thematic dress code, bride and groom seek advices. Because they are too much concerned about their image. This has opened the way to image consultancies. This is the latest trend in fashion entrepreneurship.

According to you, what will be the future of fashion India?

The idea of fashion is changing day by day. Now we are heading to the culture of light weight clothing. People are after light weight dresses and short ones. Lots of innovations are taking place in fashion industry. Let’s hope for the best.

Your message to budding fashion designers

  • Switch off your mobile, don’t copy the trend, just use your brain and create your own designs
  • Develop your observation skill
  • Don’t focus on money, if you are talented and sincere in your work, money will follow you naturally
  • Focus on branding from the beginning.

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Jet Airways announces operations temporarily suspended

All domestic and international flights to be cancelled effective today (April 17, 2019)

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Finally, the official announcement has come. India’s oldest privately-owned airline issued statement on Wednesday that they are compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights with immediate effect. The last flight is on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday night the State Bank of India (SBI), on behalf of the consortium of Indian lenders, made it clear that they are not in a position to consider Jet’s request for critical interim funding of Rs 400 crore.

“Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, the airline will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going. Consequently, with immediate effect, Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights,” Jet Airways said in a press statement.

Jet Airways, the airline founded by entrepreneur Naresh Goyal, is ending services after 25 years of flying.

What is next?

What is next for Jet is depending upon the new owner. The airline needs to await the bid finalisation process by SBI and the consortium of lenders.

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India Inc sees NaMo riding high ahead of elections

Indian markets and investors are sensing a victory for Narendra Modi in the impending general election. Coming the saga of Modi 2.0

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It seems the markets and investors are upbeat about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in the upcoming general elections. Prem Watsa, one of the most celebrated billionaire-investors in the world, opened his mind the other day on Indian election.

Often known as the Warren Buffet of Canada, Watsa has been a cheer leader for Modinomics since 2014. According to media reports, the chief executive of Fairfax Holdings is of the view that Narendra Modi’s economic reforms have taken India to new horizons of growth, transforming the world’s largest democracy into a business-friendly state by all means.

>> Indian markets and investors are sensing a victory for Narendra Modi in the impending general election. Coming the saga of Modi 2.0

In a recent letter to the shareholders of FairFax Holdings, Watsa mentioned about India’s jump in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings.

The World Bank ranking helped Narendra Modi accentuating his reformist credentials as India jumped 23 places to 77 among 190 countries in the list last year.

When Modi came to power in 2014, India was at 142nd rank in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report. In 2017, India witnessed a quick jump of 30 places to reach 100th rank in the report.


Upbeat on Modi 2.0, FIIs have invested over Rs 10,000 crore in Indian equities till March 12


Bullish market

Noted investor Porinju Veliyath is damn positive about Indian economy and Modinomics. In an interview with the Economic Times, Porinju said he believes that Modi will be able to come back in power for the next five years this May.

Post-Pulwama attack, there has been a strong feeling among the investors about Modi 2.0. The uncertainties are gone, the sky is clear now, and that is reflecting in the behaviour of markets.

According to BSE data, there’s an increase of Rs 12 lakh crore in the market capitalisation of BSE-listed firms when we compare it with the figures as on February 19.

Upbeat on Modi 2.0, the FIIs (Foreign Institutional Investors) have invested over Rs 10,000 crore in Indian equities till March 12.

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Here goes PM Modi’s masterstroke project for workers in the informal sector

It is for the first time since independence that this kind of a scheme is envisaged for the workers in the informal sector. Modi again scored

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Aiming at the workers in the unorganized sector, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched one more popular scheme ahead of general elections.

Modi’s new scheme, which is termed as Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana, will assure a monthly pension of Rs. 3,000 to the workers in the unorganized sector during their old age.

Prime Minister Modi thinks that respecting dignity of labour will take the nation forward

As a major portion of India’s labour force is working in the unorganized sector, the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana is expected to have a profound impact in the lives of people.

Over forty two crore workers in the unorganized sector will be benefited from the scheme, according to the government.

During the launch of the project, on Tuesday (March 05, 2019), Modi said that it is for the first time since independence that such a scheme is envisaged for the workers in the informal sector.

The workers who earn less than Rs. 15,000 per month in the informal sector can enroll as beneficiaries under the scheme.

Simple process

What the workers need to do is filling up a single form with Aadhar number and bank details at any common service centre in the country. There’s no charge for the process.

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