After having graduated from IIT Bombay and having worked at, Rhythm & Hues, the animation company responsible for movies like The Golden Compass, Madhumita Halder went on to teach at Rishi Valley School. Later, she started a board game company, MadRat Games along with Rajat Dhariwal and Manuj Dhariwal. One of their most famous products is Aksharit: an Indian language board game, a version of the popular newspaper based crossword. MadRat was also featured in the India Innovates report brought out by Sam Pitroda as one of the Top Ten Innovators along with the renowned companies like redBus.in and Attero Recycling.
Leena Prasad is the Senior Manager, Volunteer Action at CRY. Though she is a lawyer by profession who has an experience of three years, she always wanted to work for the betterment of society. So here she is.
Believe it or not but now you can bring art into your home on rent. Better yet, you can even buy a piece on installment. Think of it like this; just like you sample the flavors before you buy just the right ice cream, you’re going to get to try out the piece of art that you want to bring into your home permanently.
This book is about micro-entrepreneurship andIndiais a nation of micro-entrepreneurs. There are all kinds of people starting all kinds of projects. Like even on the streets, the rickshaw-pullers, people starting little food projects, etc.; and these people are responsible for their own well-being. It’s not that I’m coming to an audience that is receptive to the book; I’m coming to an audience that is reading a lot about taking action.
It wasn’t anything serious and formal. I met up with Chayan Adhikari at a nice little café and we talked over a nice cup of coffee. It didn’t feel like I was sitting with the western vocalist for one of Delhi’s most famous bands. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Advaita, seen them live and on TV, maybe even been influenced by their music. What I wanted to know was what goes on behind the scenes. Here’s what he had to say…
I was very curious to interview this person, about whom I had always heard the nicest things. Dhruv Visvanath, the name would come up and everybody present would suddenly smile cheerily, look more interested and just…appear brighter, for some reason. Dhruv Visvanath, they would say, nodding and beaming, very nice guy, very, very sweet.
Pooja Dhingra is a young, renowned pastry chef and the owner and Executive Chef of Le15 Patisserie, a dessert paradise in Mumbai for every person with a sweet tooth.
Her passion for food began at a tender age. Not giving up on her “baking” dream, Pooja, trained at Le Cordon Bleu, a prestigious French culinary school in Paris. Being a die-hard dessert aficionado, Pooja wanted to do something about the huge gap in the pastry industry in Mumbai. That’s when the inspiration from French cuisine gave birth to the idea for Le15, a boutique bakery.
We were at the Porter Prize event at Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, where we couldn’t help but be in awe of the success stories of some companies.
Here we are, in conversation with some candid CEOs, about their clever company strategies and their advice to today’s youth on chasing their dreams:
It was the Porter Prize ceremony 2012 held at the Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon. I met him for the first time, Mr. Sukumar Ranganathan, Editor for Mint.
Mr. Ranganathan is one of the founding members of Mint and has worked in various other business related media companies.