In this edition of PAC Talks with VJCV, Santhosh Sankaranarayanan, the person powering this Pure brand, shared his inspiring journey of completing his engineering from Kerala, India in 1995 to working in Ireland and how he ended up starting Pure. Continue reading Ireland’s go to I-D brand: The Pure brand powering 15000 Idlis/Dosas every week
We coined the word Desintox from De’sintox /Detox in French. It means rehabilitation especially from drugs. It is true for Disability as well. The affected person won’t be able to get out of it even though they try hard. So we thought Desintox to be a considerable name for a company that tries to enable people and help them to be able/ease their life/rejuvenate them to the maximum possible extend Continue reading Kerala Startup providing unique Detox for the Specially abled people
I never miss a chance to dance says Usha Suresh Balaje in this cheerful conversation. Continue reading Performing art to Sustainable artwork, dance to aesthetic additions, USB 3.0
“Happiness is the only Selfish motive” says Anoop G, Managing Trustee of Arm of Joy The story started two decades ago, 1999-2000, when Anoop and Rekha who were studying in the same college were discussing about a future together. Both had a common thought about the life ahead of them. They agreed on doing something to make the society better , not big things but … Continue reading Arm of Joy: A story of love with a mission to spread smiles
Story of Maharani Gin: Bhagya in this fun and candid conversation, in a mix of English and Malayalam, takes us through the journey of meeting Robert, conceptualizing the idea of Maharani Gin, challenges faced by Women in alcohol industry, women leadership, malayalees, kerala and rebel city connection. Continue reading Story of Maharani Gin: Fun and candid conversation with Bhagya Barrett, Co Founder of Rebel City Distillery
Techgentsia is the winner of India Government’s Video Conference Solution Challenge
Joy gives complete credit of this achievement to his team. He said “the team has worked 24*7 to come out with this prototype in just one month’s time”. This 10 year old startup is based out of Kochi and has 50 engineers working with them. They have specialized in the research and development of audio and video based conference solutions for the last 10 years.
The team has worked really hard to bring out this video conferencing solution. They have decided to continue with the project code name ‘VConSol’ as the brand name, for now. “We are getting lot of suggestions, maybe we will do a poll later to decide the new brand name.” added Joy.
Continue reading VConsol from Techgentsia, interview of Joy Sebastian, Winner of Innovation Challenge for developing India’s Video Conferencing Solution
Once an inter school athlete champion, winning medals for high jump and pole vault, he had a life like a regular able bodied person till the age of 24.
After completing his education in air conditioning technology, he relocated to the then Bombay in 1980. Raju worked there for 4 years before life took away the key feature from him – his mobility. He was stuck with fever and did not take it seriously. This led to trouble in urination and finally got admitted to a hospital. It was a life changing moment for him when he woke up the next day. His lower body was paralysed. Continue reading Specially abled Raju’s handmade products- Seed paper pen, umbrellas, electric charger, cloth bags
Achan was basically a farmer, like most of our ancestors, & karyasthan of a nearby mana as well. Achan somehow had passion to study law but then finally when it came to financially supporting his family, he left law behind & took up teaching. Though he joined a government school, he was always passionate about other things. He took up farming from his father, did some small scale construction & was an active communist. That’s when an offer of demolishing a mana (where achachan was karyasthan) & constructing a new house on the same plot came up.
No ‘Marketing’ done so far other than the Word of Mouth Marketing. The small factory was set-up in a rural area taking into consideration the convenience of labourers , no showrooms, no middlemen, only upcycled wood & handmade genuine traditional ‘asari’ craft!.
Kuttan Master pioneered the technique of Circularity. Master made his way to the abode two years ago but has left a huge impact behind him. A true ‘Anugraha’ to all the mankind.
Continue reading “Wooderful Story”: 50 years, Saved 3000 trees & still continuing : Started as a passion by a teacher from a small village in Kerala, ‘Anugraha’ Wood furniture upcycling
Durlabh feels fortunate enough to work in a startup environment. “Startup ecosystem is agile, frugal and gives opportunity to handle different challenges. At the end of the day, it helps in becoming a better person every day”
Barosi believes in trust and they have a no questions asked return and refund policy. Durlabh concludes by saying that ‘Customer believed in our brand and we believe our customer’.
If you have the courage to choose the right track then no one can stop you from Flying, Exploring the never ending shores & Achieving your Dreams”. Continue reading Finals : It’s time to Cycle into the future & ReWrite History of Sports : Malayalam Movie Finals
Anand is all smiles when he looks back at his achievements: “In December 2019, I completed 5 years as a full time musician, with several prestigious ad campaigns, 4 film songs (2 Bollywood, 1 Malayalam and 1 Telugu), 2 albums and several ads and web series as a music director, under my belt. Now starting 2020 with Oru Dinam – hope this decade will be great for me and music. I always believe in Independent Music. My band Anand Bhaskar Collective has also started to find its own identity. Great work by each & every person associated with Anand Bhaskar Collective ”
Continue reading Musical Journey of Anand Bhaskar : Stay grounded, Follow your passion: Main Hoon Zameen
Byju’s : From a coastal village in Kerala to the jersey of Indian Cricket Team: Indeed an incredible triumph equivalent to many World Cup trophies. Continue reading Byju’s : I came, I saw, I conquered : Zuckerberg, SRK, Harvard, Disney & now Indian Cricket Team
After catering to thousands of customers and docking at multiple cities , he decided to anchor his journey in one of the beautiful cities in the Republic of Ireland. When i asked Jithin ‘Why Ireland?’ , he replied with a wry smile saying that ‘it happened somehow, nothing was planned’. Lot of things happen in life unplanned but if you are ready to take risks and half chances then most of the time you end up celebrating your decision. Continue reading Pink Salt : The cruising journey of a volleyball player who turned in to a Restaurateur : Indian Restaurant in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
Food delivery is very synonymous to pizza home delivery. It goes back to as long as late 19th century when the first pizza was delivered in Italy. The evolution of food delivery has slowly and steadily moved up notches. In 2001 Pizza hut even managed to send a pizza to the space.
The next big bang moment which happened for the food / restaurant industry is the online ordering service. It was in 1995, the first online order service was started (in USA) : world wide waiter, now known as waiter.com. At that time they used to deliver food from approx 60 restaurants in Silicon Valley.
“Life is a Kitchen : put on your prettiest Apron & whip up something Incredible”
It is great to see people following their passion and glistening through the journey with utmost determination.
When you have a corporate job and a monthly salary then it is difficult to come out of that ‘comfort zone’ to try something different and put your hard earned money in a mini startup.
Suraj , whose passion is to experiment with cooking, decided to quit his ‘mundane’ corporate job and open his own restaurant. To manage a restaurant all alone is a tough nut to crack. Understanding the tall task ahead of Suraj, his wife Shreeja also quit her job to support him in this new entrepreneurial venture.
The moment you think about Kerala, the first thing that comes to your mind is the scenic surrounding and the serene environment.
I was treated to nothing less than this during my trip to Kerala in the month of December 2016.
December is a good time to visit Kerala as the climate is pleasant at least during the morning and evening times while afternoons are slightly hot.
Kerala has got everything to offer from hill stations to beaches to wild life and the ever flowing backwaters. In addition to this when Kerala is your home town and you are heading to your ancestral house then you are surely in for a blissful holiday.
My ancestral house is now almost 90 years old.