KISHORE BIYANI BOOK
Born in a middle class trading family, Kishore Biyani started his career selling stonewash fabric to small shops in Mumbai. Years later, with the launch of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar, Central and many more retail formats, he redefined the retailing business in India. It Happened in India book. Read 22 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Born in a middle class trading family, Kishore Biyani started. Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store. Search results. 4 results for Books: "Kishore Biyani". It Happened in India. 1 April by Kishore.
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Read It Happened in India book reviews & author details and more at One of India's most versatile entrepreneurs, Kishore Biyani has played many roles. It Happened in India: The Story of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Central and the Great There is a lot to learn from Kishore Biyani and his book - it happened in India. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. One of India's most versatile entrepreneurs, Kishore Biyani There is a lot to learn from Kishore Biyani and his book - it happened in India: 1) India is a land of opportunities and shortcomings, depending on.
Traditional Indian shopping behaviours are core to Indian consumer and Big bazzar caught the same trend be it by creating pani puri stall inside store or by buying old clothes in exchange of utensils, it mind boggling.
A must read who wants to understand indian buying behaviour. Jan 16, Nima Srinivasan rated it it was ok. The Good: It's a fascinating story of an Indian brand and visionary.
If Indian and have any interest in brands, retail or fashion - it's something one must plod through, for sure. The Bad: The writing style is far less inspiring than the original story. Much of the book is just largely a pontificating monologue peppered with quotes, most of it one-sided and fawning and it reads more like an ode to Kishore Biyani than a truly path breaking story which it was one that would radically change how In The Good: Much of the book is just largely a pontificating monologue peppered with quotes, most of it one-sided and fawning and it reads more like an ode to Kishore Biyani than a truly path breaking story which it was one that would radically change how Indians shopped and behaved.
Some of the stories like one about how they over estimated the number of white shirts that would sell and then have to move past this gross error, were the sort of stories I hoped to learn. Instead there was a lot of mention of how what they did was different but with far less revelation of the actual stories. This is also a dated book and while many of the insights hold true for India and a narrow spectrum of Indians still, today's fashion and retail consumer is a wildly different animal.
The one part that really rankled Aug 07, Vinesh rated it it was ok. An autobiography by the pioneer of Indian retail- sounds promising at first, but it doesn't.
The book lacks continuity and doesn't make you engage with the narration. Also, some elements of the book looks as PR to future group! Nov 18, Vishal rated it it was amazing. Awesome book. Must read for a budding entrepreneur. Feb 08, Pradeep Thakur added it. Good work published for promotion. Kishore Biyani should not write this book at this point of time, that is why this works looks promotion-work. Otherwise OK. Oct 26, Vinay Venugopal rated it liked it.
Good informative book, but gets repetitive and sometimes a tad boring. Jan 24, Anirudh Jain rated it liked it. On the face of it, this books screams of sloppy editing - There are grammatical errors - There is no flow in this book, at some point it seems like the random ramblings of an old man - This book meanders into random topics - The book switches from the first person to third person speech constantly But when I think about it, it was probably designed this way.
The reason being is that it probably reflects the thought process of KB. He is a person who builds long-term relationships, always looking at t On the face of it, this books screams of sloppy editing - There are grammatical errors - There is no flow in this book, at some point it seems like the random ramblings of an old man - This book meanders into random topics - The book switches from the first person to third person speech constantly But when I think about it, it was probably designed this way.
He is a person who builds long-term relationships, always looking at the big picture, revels in his Indianness and is always looking out for the next hack. A mind like this is not methodical, it is constantly rambling evolving, experimenting and that is what the book tries to instil in us.
Kishoreji has been a startup guy way before it was cool, he innovated and experimented across various formats, he is responsible for setting trends and all this comes from a typical Marwari businessman which is surprising.
He has been implementing design thinking in his firm way before corporates caught up to it, this shows the level of foresight this man has. As a book, there is a lot that is unsaid and a lot that has been said, it depends on us readers to pick out which ones we like. Jan 02, Shitiz Srivastava rated it it was amazing. There was a time I remember when Big Bazaar was a big thing in India. It was before other companies started selling following his methods and lowered the prices of goods.
The Big Bazaar was started by Kishore Biyani and this is his own story in his own words. After he made things cheap for consumers that in order to compete with him, other sellers had to sell their products at lower than MRP to match up with the competition he was providing.
It Happened In India: The Story of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Central and the Great Indian Consumer
Clearly influenced by the working methods Sam Walton who started WalMart, Biyani is no less than a tycoon. Very grounded and still a Marwari businessman at heart, he inherited his knowledge of business from his family.
The book is interesting in parts and sometimes gets eroded in personal emotions. However overall the tone of the book is simple. American writers are good at writing biographies and they know how to sell a personality.
Overall this is an honest experience of a man who literally changed the world of supermarkets in India and continues to do so. Dec 09, Manish Khurana rated it really liked it. People rating this book 3 stars or below don't seem to have understood the essence of it. This isn't a typical business narrative. It's an attempt to convey the reader that how KB's grounded and unconventional approach made him really the father of modern retailing in India.
This book is a reflection of the author in terms of its simplicity. And I really liked how the book has regular interviews of his colleagues. Some reviewers have accused this book of being a PR stunt. That way every business People rating this book 3 stars or below don't seem to have understood the essence of it. That way every business book is a PR stunt.
What comes out of all such books is the way the company evolved to its current state. And essentially, every such company took some unconventional steps and went through a lot of transformations.
The only complaint I have to the author is that maybe this book was written too soon. Pantaloons is no longer a part of the Future Group. Thus, it would've been interesting to know his thoughts on how he felt while parting ways with a company that has played a phenomenal role in his success.
It is basic human nature that when someone home grown is on to something, his own people are the last to recognize him. This quote from this book is so apt in various situations Most people may not recognize the name 'Kishore Biyani' or the 'Future Retail', but I doubt if anyone has not heard about the 'Big Bazaar' or the 'Pantaloons' or the 'Central'.
Born in a middle class family, not satisfied with family business, went ahead on his own to revamp the retail market space in India. Taking inspi It is basic human nature that when someone home grown is on to something, his own people are the last to recognize him. Taking inspiration from the likes of Sam Walton, Kishore is on the mission on capture every rupee an Indian spends.
From building shopping malls, developing consumer brands to selling insurance, he is getting into every consumer business. This book gives an insight into how an average Indian shops, how indian business work, and how to take ideas from ones immediate environment to build something which suits or caters to the needs of the majority.
Sep 19, Pallavi Kamat rated it liked it. Good insights into the retail industry 10 years back when this book was written. Malls were looked at as the next best thing then; quite a few malls are being wound up now. Kishore Biyani definitely revolutionised retail in India; he ensured even the commonest woman entered malls via quality goods at affordable prices. Jan 28, Ashutosh Mundhada rated it really liked it.
Insightful into the Kishore Biyanis way of doing business. As KB had mentioned that he's worked a lot on brand building, at times the books tilts a bit on that side and seems as a marketing channel for the business.
More roadblocks, failures and learnings could be shared in the book. Jun 03, Rohon rated it really liked it. Slightly repetitive but much refreshing read on managerial thought process - less process orientation, hierarchy, review and analysis- more of imagination, speed, observation and intuition. Full of optimism and very much Indian! Jul 17, Shivang Nagaria rated it liked it Shelves: A nice business book but to much praises of Kishore Biyani.
Feb 18, Yatri mehta rated it really liked it. A great book who changed the market of india must read. Oct 10, Monalisa Sharma rated it liked it. Its a kind of autobiography and story of organisation as well. Average rating for this book as so many compliments of different learned person on Kishore Biyani makes it boring at some sections.
Jun 06, NakulJain rated it really liked it. Giant Killer in Retail. Setup and progress of Biyani group.
Goosebumps event of Big Bazaar and progress. Jul 25, Dharmesh rated it really liked it. It is not just a story of the Future Group but also how the retail sector evolved in India post economic liberalisation. Dec 20, Imran rated it it was ok. Similar to Sam Walton's "Made in America", which is a better read Mar 02, Samuel Kumar rated it really liked it.
A leader who stood the ground to make it successful by indigenised thinking! May 23, Arijit rated it really liked it.
Though the book was not a smooth ride as is the case always with non-fiction stuff, yet it would not bore you too much given the transcripts and real life scenarios expressed in the form of stories by people involved with Pantaloons and other group companies of Future group like Central,Big Bazaar to name a few. The book has its own underlying connotations,sometimes giving advice and at other times detailing the qualities of Kishore Biyani who rose from a common baniya to become one of the top en Though the book was not a smooth ride as is the case always with non-fiction stuff, yet it would not bore you too much given the transcripts and real life scenarios expressed in the form of stories by people involved with Pantaloons and other group companies of Future group like Central,Big Bazaar to name a few.
The book has its own underlying connotations,sometimes giving advice and at other times detailing the qualities of Kishore Biyani who rose from a common baniya to become one of the top entrepreneurs in India. Kishore in his book talks much about 'Re-write rules and retain values'. You have to digest the book to understand thoroughly to understand the inner meaning of it and how he was able to achieve the same.
First and foremost, he understood the people before trying to sell the goods to them. For ex, he was against the idea of making plush interiors and shiny environment inside Big Bazaars as the customers might not enter thinking everything is too expensive.
The book talks in a colloquial language. It epitomizes the problems faced by him trying to adventure out of his family business to try something new and the hardships faced overcoming which taught him many a lesson.
It talks about the chaotic Indian shopping habits and how to entice people of all strata to spend their disposable income in his company. The book is filled with excerpts from those people involved with Kishore Biyani right from family members to top executives who were given a free run to make decisive actions and never to scoff even if the decision turned against.
He believed in the habit of learning and un-learning and made others believed in it too. Few of the lines to quote -" Never be afraid of making a mistake and even if made one, get out of it fast and never put bad money after good money" sums it up. Later in the book he talks about Design thinking to keep ahead of the competition and how Design thinking will play an important role in it.
It Happened In India: The Story of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Central and the Great Indian Consumer
He says rather than to react to the changes in fashion and making changes in their retail plans after that, they ought to make the change which would drive the changes in modern fashion. This will save time and keep them ahead of the rivals. He also rolled-over debt , converting it into loans that would mature in three to five years' time, and pulled out of joint venture deals with companies such as Etam.
Things appeared to be improving after the initial shockwave of Nonetheless, by April , Biyani's business empire, including the non-retail elements, was performing less well than its competitors and there were concerns raised about its debt levels. He announced that there were plans for a further restructuring of parts of the business to enable it to become debt-free by March Biyani has also had a foray into Bollywood , underwriting the critically panned box-office failure Na Tum Jaano Na Hum movie that was released in and also Chura Liya Hai Tumne From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Hidden categories: Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Languages Add links. This page was last edited on 29 April , at It might take another three to four generations for a person to change himself culturally, for a wheat eater to become a rice eater. Hence, in India retail outlets need to cater to all age-groups. India Knowledge Wharton: As you grow bigger, do you think the cost of failure gets higher and higher?
Bkyanithe Pantaloon franchise was turning over 9 million rupees but with a smaller profit margin. Other editions. He is the one who redefined the retail industry in India.