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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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Pro-nationalist thinker S Gurumurthy appointed as part-time RBI director

A staunch advocate of Swadeshi economics, Gurumurthy is known for his nationalistic views on various issues including demonetization

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Narendra Modi-government has appointed Swaminathan Gurumurthy and Satish Marathe as part-time directors on the board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), indeed, a move that would please the Swadeshi group in Sangh Parivar.

Gurumurthy, a chartered accountant by profession, has been a staunch advocate of Swadeshi economics, known for supporting Narendra Modi’s crucial reforms including demonetization.

For him, the Swadeshi philosophy is contrary to the idea of protectionism

Gurumurthy is also the co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, an organisation affiliated to the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), which has been promoting national self-reliance since its inception in 1991.

“Story of my appointment as director RBI. This is the first directorship ever. Never accepted any private or PSU directorship. Not even audit of PSUs or Pvt cos.  Wanted to be free to speak. But when pressure built up I am needed to do something in public interest I had to accept,” Gurumurthy tweeted.

One of the most influential figures in the Sangh, Gurumurthy has succeeded in projecting ‘Swadeshi’ ideology as an ideal platform for India to take her growth to next level.

For him, the Swadeshi philosophy is contrary to the idea of protectionism.

He belongs to the league of Hindutva idelogues who think that India has to bank on development models that will work for India instead of importing the economic ideas from the West.

Sathish Marathe, founder of Sahakar Bharati, has also got entry into the RBI board along with Gurumurthy.

Marathe has been associated with the cooperative movement in the country as the head of Sahakar Bharati, an organisation functioning under the aegis of the RSS.


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From Madras to the top of food & beverage giant PepsiCo

As Indra Nooyi is stepping down as CEO of PepsiCo, the corporate world is losing one of its few high-profile female chief executives

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Indra Nooyi, one of the most high-profile female chief executives in the US, is stepping down from her role as the head of food-and-beverage company PepsiCo.

Nooyi was the first foreign-born as well as the first woman chief executive of PepsiCo.

Nooyi, 62, will step down from the company on October 3rd, and stay on as chairman until 2019. India-born Nooyi is leaving her job at a time when the drinks maker is struggling to explore new growth potential from the old business model. But leave that for a while. The story of Indra Nooyi is an exceptional one for aspiring women business professionals across the world.

Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and became the chief financial officer of the firm in 2001

“Today is a day of mixed emotions for me. @PepsiCo has been my life for 24 years & part of my heart will always remain here. I’m proud of what we’ve done & excited for the future. I believe PepsiCo’s best days are yet to come,” Nooyi tweeted.

Born to a Tamil family in Chennai of India’s southern state Tamil Nadu, Nooyi has achieved great heights with her strong willpower and sheer enthusiasm to move on irrespective of adversities.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Madras Christian College and got management education training from IIM Calcutta. Also a master’s degree holder from the Yale School of Management, Nooyi served some of the big corporations at the beginning of her career, including the Boston Consulting Group, Motorola, and Asea Brown Boveri.

Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and became the chief financial officer of the firm in 2001. Recognizing her sharp management skills, she was named the president and chief executive of PepsiCo in 2006.

The strategist

Nooyi has a phenomenal stint at PepsiCo as the top executive of the firm. She has shaped the global agenda of the drinks giant, spearheading the diversification plans which resulted in the shifting of product portfolio into healthier and more nutritious brands.

She also made the crucial decision of Pepsico’s Tropicana acquisition, and led the merger with Quaker Oats. Nooyi has been widely projected as an inspiring role model for women entrepreneurs and young female business professionals.

“Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead an extraordinary company like PepsiCo,”Nooyi’s emotional tweet tells the crux of the story. If you have the will and determination, you can achieve.

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Why UN gives its prestigious ‘Champion of Earth Prize’ to India’s CIAL

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) just selected for United Nations highest Environmental honour. All you need to know about this remarkable achievement

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Erik Solheim, United Nation’s global chief of environment, visiting CIAL, Kerala in May 2018. Image/CIAL Facebook page

Kerala-based CIAL (Cochin International Airport Limited), one of the classic examples of profitable public-private partnership projects in India, has just won the coveted Champion of Earth Prize, the highest environmental honour instituted by United Nations.

CIAL has been selected for the honour for its innovative approach in operating an airport fully powered with solar energy.

CIAL is the world’s first fully solar-powered airport

“CIAL is honoured for its successful execution of one of the revolutionary ideas of using solar energy which made Cochin Airport a first in the world fully powered by it,” CIAL said in a press statement Thursday.

According to Erik Solheim, United Nation’s global chief of environment and executive director, United Nations Environment Programme, the honour reflects CIAL’s leadership in the use of sustainable energy. CIAL is the world’s first fully solar-powered airport, setting an inspiring yet viable model for similar ventures across the globe.

The UN recognition would take CIAL’s green ideas to a global audience. We showed the world that big infrastructure projects like Airport can be put into operation fully using renewable energy sources- V J Kurian, managing director, CIAL, who also pioneered the idea, said in a press statement.

A UN team led by Erik Solheim visited CIAL in May to get an idea about its solar initiatives.  And now the United Nations is endorsing Kerala’s unique business venture as the world’s first airport fully powered by solar energy.

By winning the award, CIAL has got entry to an elite list of awardees which includes Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, world’s largest bike sharing app Mobike, to name a few.

CIAL commissioned its 12 MWp solar power plant on 18 August 2015, and scaled it up to 30 MWp by April 2018.

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