Just completed ” It Happened in India” written by Kishore Biyani (the man who revolutionised retailing in India) with Dipayan Baishya, a business writer. A very well-written story which gives tremendous insights into what makes an entrepreneur successful.
Kishore Biyani re-wrote the retail script in India. From a position when he was almost looked down upon as a trader who wouldn’t amount to much to his current position as the Group CEO of the rapidly growing Futures Group, he and his companies have come a long way.
“It Happened in India” is interspersed with comments made by various people associated with Biyani from both within and outside his organisation. The book is written in a simple yet effective style and grips the reader. It is described as “the story of Pantaloon, Big Bazaar, Central and the great Indian consumer”.
Right from the time he first started, Biyani showed amazingly accurate perception of the Indian consumer -especially in the retail space. He perhaps understands the psyche of his typical customers more than anybody else. Therein lies the secret of his success.
The Pantaloon chain , headquartered in Mumbai, has grown to operate over 5 million square feet of retail space. It has over 450 stores across 40 cities in India and employs over 18,000 people.
At the heart of the organisation is what Biyani calls the Pantaloon Genes. These precepts are :
- We like being simple
- Speed is the essence of everything
- We like to learn while we execute
- We like thrift
- We believe that customers are always right
- We like to think in terms of the majority of people
- We take pride in our core value of Indian-ness
- We believe in ourselves
- We do not like to blame others or external factors
- We like to think positively in every situation
- We like building and nurturing relationships
- We love to rewirte rules even as we retain our values
As is said in the book, what we become is a result of the way we think. “Sometimes we a nation of billion people, think like a nation of million people” said former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Kishore Biyani dared to think big. His story is worthwhile reading not only for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs but also for those who want to understand the Indian consumer.
chanul gupta said:
i am higly impressed with kishore biyani
and being a management student ,i would like to meet him once in my life.
raksha bagrodia said:
you left a deep impact on me of your successful life. i hv prepared a project report on you and it had been a successful one.
i would also like to meet u once in my life.
Imtiyaz Hsuain said:
Really Kishor Ji is a great businessman but now i am writing this not for that rather i impress his self because he is a nice human being. i rad his book “It happened in india” really i thankful to him that i wrote i such kind of book having own life experience……..
thanxxxxxxxx Kishor Ji,
I also would like to meet him once in my life.
Lavina Dsouza said:
Am M.com student in mangalore.we have to study many things from you.I request with u plz send me Kishore Biyani’s Bio data, History,Education and achivements.Just related my study.Hope u will help me.
Prem Rao said:
Pls see the Future Group website, Lavina. You can get some information from there. You may also like to read “It Happened In India”. It’s a very interesting story of a very innovative person.
nidhi ailani said:
Respected Sir namstey , i really respect u lot as u always made people learn u
for being simple nd indianess . i love the way what you have taken a resolution for 2011 sir i always want to be a businesswomen pls suggest me in what shoul i start my own business coj i m so confused nd trust me there r lots of businessmen bt u grt nd hardworker too i wana b like u
pankaj kumar said:
such a great personality i have never known before. he is an inspiring person for all the youngsters. when i went through his biography ‘It happened in India”, I came to know about him. he is the master blaster of retail industry. we are proud that Kishore Biyani is an Indian and started his business here.
m very inspried by ur gr8 gr8 book, i would suggest all of u plz read it once..
and sir can i get a soft copy of this book”it happened in india” on my emeil address
Thank u for Giving Job Opportunities for poor People.God Bless u.Sir
vimal bagwala said:
i m impressed to read ur life and also want to become like u coz u r very helpful and very nice personality . i learn so much frm ur book and i also want to become an entrepreneur so please guide me and send me some more ideas to become.
Dear respected sir,
i am very poor class family related person and i m 10 Th pass only because in my family we don’t have money to spend my education but i hope one day i will became a successful person in India because you are my inspiration so pls god say bless me and my future way sir.
thanks & regards,
Hardik Sharma said:
my only aim in life is 2 become a sucessful businessman just like u.so pl bless me.please give me some great ideas 2 develop my business.iam a manufacturer.v manufacture paperplates sir.i hope in future god will give me chance 2 work with u sir.
bahadur singh said:
sir… apki lyf se bahut sikhne ko milta h.. sir me kuch krna chahta hn bt problm etni aati he ki kuch aage bd h nai pata hn..
congrats sir .learned the qualities of a good business.in future I ll surely meetr u for business ideas