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. It Happened in India: The Story of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Central and the Great Indian Consumer. Apr 1, by Kishore Biyani and Dipayan Baishya. Born in a middle class trading family, Kishore Biyani started his career selling It Happened in India and millions of other books are available for instant access.
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Return to Book Page. It Happened In India: 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.
As large business houses enter the retail space, Kishore Biyani is not just concentrating on retail but aiming to capture the entire Indian consumption space. From building shopping malls, developing consumer brands to selling insurance, he is getting into every business where a customer spends her money.
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Lists with This Book. Aug 03, Sanjay Gautam rated it did not like it. Well I am not of the type for which this book is aimed at. I am not sure if I did like this book. Dec 31, Prachiti Talathi Gandhi rated it really liked it.
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To view it, click here. He is the one who redefined the retail industry in India. He has mentioned his successes as well as his failures.
He always believed in learning, un-learning and re-learning. Through out the book he mentioned about his experiences about Indian market and how he applied different strategies to be s Kishor Biyani, a man behind Pantaloon, Big Bazaar, Central, etc. Obok out biani book he mentioned about his experiences about Indian market and how he applied different strategies to be successful. Big Bazzar was constructed keeping in mind the Indian mentality. We consider shopping as societal gathering.
There are many books written by foreign authors about retail industry, but what Kishorji said is absolutely right that you need to understand the mentality of people in the area to run your business successfully.
Kishor Biyani correctly bbiyani the need of Indian kishoer. He studied their mentality and their approach towards buying. He is a strong believer of win-win-win situation. He believed in giving the liberty to take decision to people who are working with him. The liberty was given to all the people in the hierarchy. Employees are allowed to make mistakes and also to learn from them. Kishorji had tremendous faith in himself as well in people working with him.
The book also sheds light on style and philosophy of KB; in fact the kishode reveals kiahore toward formation of his business empire: Flow of the book is fairly good; thanks to its co-author Dipayan Baishya, who is a business writer. Many comments are in the nature of self-praise; one of the best points that emerge from the book is a reiteration of having superior human relationships as one needs to deal with people in the end customers.
It is in the manner someone in the family would talk to you to pass the wisdom of their experience in life and business. The book should be available in all vernacular languages so that everyone can read and understand it better. Sep 25, Darshana Unnikrishnan rated it liked it Ikshore Sep 28, Manish Sehgal rated it really liked it. It talks about not changing consumer behaviour but adapting your business model physical stores to it.
Traditional Indian shopping behaviours are core to Indian consumer and Big bazzar caught the same bitani 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.
It Happened In India: The Story of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Central and the Great Indian Consumer
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, Boo, rated it it was amazing. 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. 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 booo unsaid and a lot that has been said, it depends on us readers to pick out which ones we like. 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 blyani author in terms of its simplicity. And I really liked how the book has regular interviews of his colleagues. Some reviewers have accused gook 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 kishoee 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 bbook 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 bkyani ‘Pantaloons’ or the ‘Central’.
Born in a bitani class family, not satisfied with family business, went ahead on his own to revamp the retail market space in India.
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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!