Thursday 30 November 2023

Ferns N Petals’ FNP Media announces release of "2 Rupay ka Sikka," a Glimpse of Children at Traffic Signal

India, 30th November 2023; FNP Media, the media arm of Ferns N Petals, has announced the release of "2 Rupay ka Sikka," a poignant short film that delves into the gist of children at traffic lights. The film is a narrative crafted by filmmaker Pervez Khan, with Aditya Bhardwaj serving as the producer.

In a runtime of 6.54 minutes, "2 Rupay ka Sikka" captures the essence of resilience and hope in the face of adversity. The film, directed and written by Pervez Khan, unfolds through the lens of its talented cast and brings to light the glimpse of children who have grown up in challenging circumstances. The film is set to release on Friday, 1st December 2023. 

Vikas Gutgutia, Founder & MD, FNP Media & Ferns N Petals, expressed his thoughts for the film, stating, "At FNP Media, we believe in the profound impact of storytelling. Through compelling narratives like '2 Rupay ka Sikka,' we aim to highlight a spectrum of emotions embedded across different dimensions of society. We aspire to foster empathy, provoke thoughtful reflections, and ultimately contribute to positive societal transformation.”

FNP Media is a venture of the well-known brand Ferns N Petals, which specializes in the production of short films, web series and TV commercials. Short films produced by FNP Media received love from the audience, like Purple Scarf, Blind Love, Mazaak, 2100 FT, Gudgudi, Time Time Ki Baat, Almariyaan, Dahej Ka Scooter, etc. All the short films have got the love of crores of viewers. FNP Media's YouTube channel has more than 2 million subscribers, which is a big deal in itself. 2 Rupay ka Sikka will be streaming on FNP Media Youtube Channel.  

Dough Bros entered India and opened its first cloud kitchen in Mumbai, serving its iconic 11-inch pizza.

Mumbai, 30th November 2023:   Dough Bros, a leading Quick-Service Restaurant (QSR) specialising in delectable, handcrafted pizzas, is about to take the city's culinary scene by storm. With multiple outlets strategically located across Mumbai, Dough Bros is set to rapidly become synonymous with exceptional taste, quality ingredients, and unparalleled customer service.

Dough Bros Head Chef Tom says they have the perfect slice of pizza in town-and that means the size too! The ONLY 11 INCH pizza Mumbai has to offer! ‘We believe in one size fits all - which is why we have a 11 inch pizza - which is neither a large or a medium  - our authentic Italian flour dough recipe is an exclusive 5 day fermenting process - that delivers us the perfect pizza bite taste.’

Chef Tom, born to a Thai-British family in the UK, is the head chef at Dough Bros. His unique background and culture made him interested in becoming a chef at a young age. His brilliance is visible in his menu and his food, which ties the contemporary into the classic. Chef Tom has previously worked as senior chef de partie at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in 2003, Restaurant Nathan in 2005, Maze, Gordan Ramsey 2006 and Nobu Park Lane, a Michelin Star restaurant in 2007. He moved on to Aqua Kyoto 2009 then to becoming head chef of Ottolenghi in 2010, Development chef for Pyton and Byrne in 2014. He completed a short stint at Amaz in Lima, hailed as one of Peru’s leading restaurants. Having worked in Michelin star restaurants, and with his variety of experiences, you can expect his menu at Dough bros to be incredibly delicious. 

His food philosophy is to make the most of the local produce available and use cooking techniques to combine unusual elements. He revels in the changing of seasons, which brings the bounty of new and exciting fruits, vegetables and herbs to cultivate and incorporate in menus to recreate the casual, fun and relaxed experience of eating Pizza.

“Our mission is to ELEVATE the pizza experience for our customers, combining the authenticity of traditional recipes with a contemporary twist," stated Mr. Kohli, the founder. "We are thrilled to launch, for the very first time, the 11-inch Dough Bros Pizza in Mumbai, and we are dedicated to continuously innovating and levelling up."

Dough Bros is dedicated to redefining the pizza experience for its diverse clientele. Offering an extensive menu that caters to every palate, Dough Bros prides itself on using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create an array of mouthwatering, customizable pizza options. All of their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, except their flour, which they buy from Italy for that authentic taste in every bite. From classic Margheritas to innovative fusion , like Dough Bros Aglio olio Pizza, Burrata Pizza and the Smashed Burger Pizza, each pizza is meticulously crafted to perfection, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience with every visit.

At Dough Bros, customer satisfaction is paramount. The team is committed to providing a seamless and efficient service, ensuring that every customer's visit is met with promptness and warmth. With a focus on convenience, Dough Bros offers a range of delivery and takeaway options, allowing customers to relish their pizzas in the comfort of their own homes.

You can find Dough Bros on Zomato or Swiggy in and around Tardeo, Lower Parel, Dadar, Chembur, Ghatkopar, Juhu, and Andheri. Order Now!



Mumbai, Maharashtra 30th November 2023: DefJam India is proud to announce the release of "Sambar," a groundbreaking trap anthem that brings together the formidable talents of ThirumaLi, Fiji, Dabzee, and producer Thudwiser. Recorded in the heart of Southern India's vibrant rap scene, Ernakulam, Kerala, "Sambar" is set to revolutionize the Indian Hip-Hop landscape with its unique blend of Hip Hop, traditional Kerala folk instruments, and the unapologetic verses of three trailblazing artists.

"Sambar" showcases the synergy of marquee Malayali emcees ThirumaLi, Fejo, and Dabzee as they go back and forth, delivering their most flagrant verses yet. Produced by the iconic Malayali Hip-Hop producer Thudwiser, the track is a vivid example of Kerala's prolific new sound, led by the artists themselves.

Thudwiser's production in "Sambar" intricately weaves together the provocative traces of Hip-Hop with the rich tapestry of Kerala's folk instruments, creating a sonic experience that is both innovative and deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of the region. As the artists navigate the beats, "Sambar" emerges as a genre-defying trap banger that pushes the boundaries of Indian Hip-Hop.

Stating his excitement for the song, ThirumaLi (Vishnu MS) stated, " 'Sambar' is not just a song; it's a joint creation of all these talented artists who have put their hearts into it. The moment you will listen to the song, you will experience how each artist has put forth his expertise.”

“We’ve stirred together the flavors of Malayali rap and the rich traditions of Kerala. It gives me immense pride to bring forth such a dynamic collaboration with my rap brothers and I am extremely excited for our listeners to hear it.”, said Dabzee (Fazil)

"A decade in the game, and 'Sambar' feels like a milestone. Collaborating with ThirumaLi, Dabzee, and Thudwiser on this track allowed us to showcase the evolution of Southern Indian Hip-Hop. This is surely going to be a hit. Fingers crossed!", stated Fejo (Febin Joseph)

"Producing 'Sambar' was about marrying the old and the new. Hip-Hop meets Kerala's folk instruments, creating a sonic landscape that reflects the diversity of our musical heritageIt was indeed challenging for us but we did our best to bring out the best flavour of both the styles.Added Thudwiser (Producer)

From New York City to Jio World Plaza - Premium Home Decor brand Pottery Barn Kids launches in Mumbai bringing the fun in functional design for your kids rooms

Mumbai 30th November 2023: Pottery Barn Kids, the original premium American children's furniture and decor, has marked its grand entrance into the Indian market with the opening of its flagship store at Jio World Plaza in Mumbai. Renowned for its timeless designs, unmatched quality, and unwavering commitment to sustainability, safety, and security, Pottery Barn Kids brings a touch of elegance to every child's space.

"As we open the doors to the first Pottery Barn Kids store in India, we embark on a journey to inspire and create magical spaces for our little ones. We're thrilled to welcome you to a world where childhood dreams come alive" says, Puneet Behal - Country Head for Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm India. 

Discover the Magic of Pottery Barn Kids:

1. Timeless Nursery Collections:

Pottery Barn Kids understands the importance of creating a nurturing environment for the little ones. The store features an exquisite collection of nursery furniture, including elegant cribs, cozy gliders, and charming dressers. Each piece is crafted with precision, ensuring both style and functionality to cater to the needs of growing families.

2. Playful Bedroom Sets:

Transform your child's bedroom into a magical haven with Pottery Barn Kids' delightful bedroom sets. From whimsical bedding to imaginative furniture, every item is thoughtfully designed to spark creativity and make bedtime a cherished experience.

3. Smart and Stylish Storage Solutions:

Pottery Barn Kids believes in making organisation a fun affair. Explore a range of storage solutions that seamlessly blend with the décor while keeping toys, books, and clothes neatly tucked away. From toy chests to bookshelves, these pieces are designed to grow with your child.

4. Personalised Décor and Accessories:

Make every space uniquely yours with Pottery Barn Kids' personalised décor and accessories. From custom bedding to adorable wall art, the store offers a variety of options to add a personal touch to your child's space.

As a brand that has been synonymous with creating enchanting environments for children, Pottery Barn Kids combines style and functionality to curate collections that stand the test of time. The new store at Jio Plaza, Mumbai, reflects the brand's dedication to providing Indian parents with an extensive array of impeccably crafted furniture, bedding, and decor that caters to the diverse tastes and preferences of young families.The inauguration marks a significant milestone for Pottery Barn Kids as it continues to extend its global footprint, bringing its exquisite range of children's furnishings and accessories to families in India.

Premium American Craftsmanship for Little Ones

Pottery Barn Kids has long been synonymous with the highest standards of craftsmanship and design, providing families around the world with timeless and sophisticated pieces for nurseries, bedrooms, and playrooms. The new Mumbai store showcases an extensive collection of furniture, bedding, and decor, embodying the brand's commitment to creating enchanting spaces for children.

Sustainability, Safety, and Security at the Forefront

Pottery Barn Kids places a strong emphasis on sustainability, ensuring that its products are crafted with the utmost care for the environment. From responsibly sourced materials to eco-friendly manufacturing processes, the brand is dedicated to making choices that positively impact the planet for future generations.

In addition to its commitment to sustainability, Pottery Barn Kids prioritises the safety and security of children. All products undergo rigorous testing to meet and exceed the highest safety standards, providing parents with peace of mind as they create nurturing environments for their little ones.

Inspired by New York's Flagship Store

The Mumbai store draws inspiration from Pottery Barn Kids' flagship store in New York City, a beacon of style and sophistication. Pottery Barn Kids Jio Plaza store in Mumbai mirrors the brand's global commitment to excellence. The New York flagship store is not only a shopping destination but an immersive experience for families. Customers can expect the same level of exceptional service, attention to detail, and dedication to quality at the Jio World Plaza location.

Elevate Your Child's World with Thoughtfully Designed Furniture and Accessories from Smartsters!

Creating the right ambience for your kids' room is not Child’s play. Sourcing the right decor elements for the room that mesmerises your child can be a daunting task. Smartsters the Mumbai-based kids home decor brand offers perfect solutions for all the decor needs. With a deep understanding of the needs of growing children, from age 3 onward, through the teenage years, and until they are fully grown adults. Smartsters aims to facilitate problem-solving skills, enhance language abilities, and strengthen imagination.

Smartsters has a large range of innovatively designed, child-safe products such as beds and bunks, study tables, storage units, tables, chairs, mattresses, bedsheets, comforters, cushions, lamps, and more. 

"At Smartsters, we create furniture and decor products designed for kids. Smartsters is a labour of love—the result of a deeply empathetic approach to childhood. Home is where our children spend the most time. And the design of children's indoor spaces plays an important role in their overall development. When designed well, children's furniture and decor can spark curiosity and imagination, enable concentration, help children channel their energies, and self-regulate their emotions. At Smartsters, our mission is to support the holistic development of children and equip homes for happy, free-thinking, wondrous childhoods!" says Bikram Mittra, Design Head at Smartsters. 

"I realised there was a gap in the market for functional yet thoughtfully designed furniture in the kids segment that was well-priced. Our goal at Smartsters therefore is to serve parents and provide them with well-designed decor, furniture, furnishings, and bedding items under one roof through Smartsters so as to make their lives easier and provide their children with a healthy and playful environment to grow up in,says Ashni Biyani, founder and director of Think9 Consumers, a co-creation platform that launched Smartsters.

There are three design pillars that form the very foundation of Smartsters.

  1. Involves telling stories through their products
  2. Strong design fundamentals such as perfect proportions and geometric flow
  3. High ergonomics that are designed around a growing child, factoring in reach, height, as well as comfort.
Besides this, Smartsters incorporates the required safety standards into each product; for example, all of their products have rounded edges to prevent injury.

For more information, please visit


If classics are your choice, do not miss out on Eat Pray Love on &PrivéHD this Friday


Mumbai, 30th November 2023: Cinema that captivates your mind, cinema that soothes your soul. &PrivéHD is here with its collection of year-end classics, all set to impress the lovers of nuanced cinema. The property will feature some of the best films from across the globe every Friday at 9:00 PM. To start with, the channel present Julia Roberts starrer Eat Pray Love, a film that celebrates the journey of a strong woman who decides to re-start her life post-divorce. Indulge in heartwarming entertainment, this Friday, 1st December at 9 PM.

Eat Pray Love is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same name starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert. Despite having a husband, a house, and a successful career, Gilbert felt lost and unsure of what she truly wanted in life. After getting divorced and feeling at a crossroads, she decided to take a leap of faith and embark on a journey around the world to discover herself. Throughout her travels, she learned the joy of indulging in delicious food in Italy, the strength of prayer in India, and the unexpected gift of finding inner peace and true love in Bali. Watch Julia Roberts as she celebrates life taking on the shoes of Elizabeth Gilbert.

Do not miss Eat Pray Love this Friday, 1st December at 9:00 PM only on &PrivéHD

Mustard oil brands disclose ZERO information on pungency levels, reveals Mustard Oil Pungency Awareness Survey 2023

  • Survey conducted across major markets of mustard oil users

in North & East India 

  • 85% of mustard oil users are ignorant about the pungency level in their oil
  • 75% of users want to know the pungency levels of their mustard oil
  • Emami Healthy & Tasty introduces 3 variants of Mustard Oil with clear mention of pungency level to offer consumers an informed choice

National, 30 November 2023 –   A  Mustard Oil Pungency Awareness Survey 2023: ‘Jhaanjh Ki Jaanch’, an independent survey conducted by NFX Digital across major mustard oil markets of North and East India reveals a surprising information gap among the consumers regarding the pungency level of mustard oil, its primary characteristic.  Astonishingly, 85% of respondents were unaware of this most important benefit of mustard oil despite its regular inclusion in their culinary pursuits.

Basis the findings of the survey and with the intent to empower consumers with the right knowledge about Mustard Oil, Emami Agrotech Ltd has introduced its  'Emami Healthy & Tasty Kachchi Ghani Mustard Oil,' in a unique selection of three distinct pungency levels: Mild (Jhaanjh level: .24%), Strong (Jhaanjh level: .30%), and Super Strong (Jhaanjh level: .36%). This disruptive & innovative concept, tailored to individual taste, is set to redefine the mustard oil landscape. This is for the first time that any edible oil brand is offering such an information.


The quantitative survey  conducted by NFX Digital aimed to gain insights into consumer awareness, perceptions, and preferences regarding Mustard Oil pungency level. The survey revealed that consumers seek  ‘pungency’ or jhaanjh as the primary reason for mustard oil consumption for specific taste and aroma..  Respondents acknowledged that the pungency in mustard oil imparts a robust flavor and aroma, making it an essential component of their cooking.

A remarkable 75% of users expressed a keen interest in learning about the pungency level in mustard oil. Additionally, the survey displayed that 91% of users are ‘very likely’ to try a mustard oil brand that provides clear information regarding its pungency level on the packaging, reflecting a strong desire for transparency to make informed purchasing decisions.

Commenting on the findings of the survey and the need to launch a novel product endeavour, Mr. Debasis Bhattacharyya, President, Marketing at Emami Agrotech Ltd., said, “At Emami Agrotech, we are committed to offer transparency and honesty to our consumers and not just products. Therefore, the Mustard Oil Awareness  ‘Jhaanjh Ki Jaanch Survey’ presented the right opportunity to honor our consumers and empower them with a ‘right to know’, so that they can make informed choices about their preference of mustard oil – one of the most essential ingredients in their kitchens. We hope 'Emami Healthy & Tasty Kachchi Ghani Mustard Oil,' with its three different pungency levels will offer the freedom of choice to our consumers to select their preferred levels of pungency.”

Expressing her thoughts on the survey and the consumers’ right to know , Chef Pankaj Bhadouria, India’s 1st Masterchef said,  “In the rich culinary tradition of the northern and eastern parts of India, mustard oil plays a vital role. Unfortunately, mustard oil brands in India have no standardization for their pungency levels and often it varies from pack to pack even in the same brand. Consumers being unaware, end up buying a product, which may not meet their satisfaction. It is heartening to see Emami Agrotech being the first mover to display pungency levels on their packs, bringing transparency for the buyers.” 

With a 'jhaanjh' (pungency) percentage labeled on each variant, Emami Healthy & Tasty Kachchi Ghani Mustard Oil is available with prices ranging from Rs 155 to Rs 180 for 1-liter pouches, as per the pungency levels and will be available in key markets such as Bengal, UP, Bihar, and Jharkhand  etc. from December 2023 onwards.

vepro launches GenAI tool to protect enterprise privacy

Bangalore, November 29, 2023:  Nuvepro, a leading technical workforce development solution provider, has launched an AI tool designed to protect the confidentiality and data security of enterprises and organizations.

Introducing GenAI Skill Bundles, an innovative AI tool set to revolutionize the landscape. Initially focused on 25 esteemed enterprise clients, GenAI Skill Bundles will subsequently broaden its reach to encompass an additional 30-35 mid and large-sized organizations by the conclusion of 2024. Among Nuvepro's notable clientele are industry leaders such as Great Learning, LTImindtree, Capgemini, and Wipro, TCS, Upgrad and NIIT.Nuvepro takes pride in its ongoing partnerships with these esteemed organizations, contributing significantly to their upskilling initiatives.

By enabling employees to leverage genAI tools proficiently, enterprises can enhance efficiency and productivity, leading to cost reductions, streamlined operations, and competitive advantage.

This offering, a first of its kind, is set to transform the upskilling initiatives of organizations while maintaining a strong emphasis on data privacy in today's generative AI landscape.

Moyukh Goswami, CTO of Nuvepro Technologies, said,'' At Nuvepro, we believe in the transformative power of technology to shape the future of work. Our GenAI Skill Bundles represent a pivotal step in enabling professionals to harness the capabilities of Generative AI. With Nuvepro's proprietary Prompt Engine, we ensure a secure and seamless learning experience, empowering individuals to navigate the dynamic landscape of AI with confidence and innovation. ''

GenAI Skill Bundles will have customized skilling programs, data privacy, and ongoing support and development on the GenAI solutions.

It also helps with Prompt Engineering for Developers, Content Writers, Image Generation, Demand Forecasting,and other use cases using GenAI.

This innovation fosters a competitive advantage, allowing businesses to differentiate themselves and offer unique, personalized products and services. Faster decision-making, improved customer experiences, and the ability to adapt to market trends contribute further to revenue growth and productivity.

Additionally, genAI upskilling opens doors to new revenue streams, data monetization, and talent retention, positioning enterprises as forward-thinking industry leaders poised for sustained success in a rapidly evolving business landscape fostering more productivity.

Game-Changing Comfort: Step into Excellence with Responsive Active Sports Flooring

Diving into innovation, Responsive Industries, a leading Vinyl Flooring manufacturer, proudly presents its latest achievement: Active Sports flooring. As pioneers in crafting top-notch surfaces, Responsive introduces a new era in flooring excellence.
When the challenge is on, you need the best flooring to perform. No matter what the activity, Responsive Active Sports flooring will meet your needs and expectations day after day while ensuring the least damage to your body.
Responsive Active stands out as a high-quality vinyl sports floor covering, offering a multi-layered construction. This flooring is presented in 1.5m-wide sheets and boasts a compact closed cell foam backing, reinforced with glass fibre, a vinyl performance layer, an embossed PVC wear layer, and a printed wood design protected by a transparent wood grain embossed wear layer. With superior dimensional stability and improved indentation ratings, this flooring ensures exceptional sports performance. The rapid restoration of its foam layers contributes to its outstanding athletic capabilities. Responsive Active Sports flooring requires no wax or polish throughout its lifespan, adding to its convenience and longevity.
Featuring elevated underfoot comfort, our solution stands as the epitome of excellence for various applications that demand a perfect blend of athletic performance, safety, energy absorption, noise reduction, design, and durability. Tailored to meet the rigorous demands of professional sports, multi-purpose halls, gymnasiums, kindergartens, and beyond, our product excels in providing a superior experience across a spectrum of activities.
This versatile solution is specially designed for sports enthusiasts engaging in basketball, badminton, wrestling, pilates, yoga, kickboxing, martial arts, gymnastics, futbol, futsal, and volleyball. Its high-performance characteristics make it an ideal choice for those seeking an optimal balance between functionality and comfort, ensuring a top-notch experience in every sporting and fitness endeavour.

Pansari Group Participates in the 15th Edition of “The India Food Forum 2023”

Mumbai, 30th Nov 2023 - Pansari Group, the leading FMCG brand participating in the 15th edition of the India Food Forum in Mumbai. During the event, Pansari is showcasing its complete range of products at its exclusive stall. The brand aims to engage with its consumer base in Western and Southern India during the event, to establish a stronger presence in the Western Indian markets. This presents a valuable opportunity for brand marketing and business expansion. The two-day event is scheduled to happen at The Westin Mumbai Powai Lake on November 30th and December 1st, 2023, from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Prominent entities in the food manufacturing, marketing, and retailing sectors will showcase their top products, establish connections with emerging D2C brands, engage with investors and channel partners, and glean profound insights and expertise from industry leaders at the India Food Forum 2023. Established in 2008 with the backing of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MoFPI), the India Food Forum stands as one of the country's major food retailing platforms.

This year, Pansari Group is showcasing the Pansari Epicure and  range of its other Pansari products in the India Food Forum at Stall No. BR-17. This latest venture by Pansari Group is set to redefine the HoReCa B2B segment by providing a comprehensive array of high-quality food ingredients to professional chefs, purchase managers, and small restaurant owners. Offering an exquisite variety of Rice, Oil, and Millet, along with the flavorful Chef's Seasoning and Shasha spices, PANSARI EPICURE is dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the HORECA sector. 

The company is also set to showcase its newest product introduction for 2023, "Mojee," featuring a premium range of syrups alongside the recently launched "Pansari Chai" which vows to provide a distinctive and delightful experience for tea enthusiasts.

Shammi Agarwal, Director of Pansari Group says, “We are thrilled to unveil our premier product range at the 15th edition of The India Food Forum 2023. At Pansari Group, we firmly believe that the essence of any culinary masterpiece resides in its ingredients. The Indian Food Forum provides us with an ideal platform to showcase our finest products, explore innovative technologies, solutions, and tools to elevate our business and gather profound insights and knowledge from industry leaders. We extend a warm invitation for you to join us at Stall No. BR-17 during the India Food Forum 2023 and savor the taste of the future with Pansari Group”

CRC Group Organises Inter-School Painting Competition Under Spirit Of Noida Campaign

Noida: CRC Group, NCR’s leading real estate entity, hosted the 13th Annual Inter School Setu Shikshajyoti Painting Competition at Mayoor School, Sector 126, Noida. The event, held under the banner of the ‘Spirit of Noida Campaign’, brought together 381 participants from 51 schools, including NGOs, special needs schools, and public institutions. The event was graced by the chief guests, Mr. Salil Kumar (Director, CRC Group), Mr. Himanshu Goyal (CFO, CRC Group), Mr. Ravi Kaul (Chief Trustee, Setu Foundation) and the guest of honour Ms. Alka Awasthi (Principal, Mayoor School Noida).

Kenisha Agarwal from Sarvottam School emerged victorious in the 2-5 class category, while Priyanshi from Anubha Global School bagged the first prize in the 6-10 class category from the individual schools. Simultaneously, Prateek Prasad from Ankur Anawa Trust School bagged the first prize in the 2-5 class category, and Nandini Verma from Om Foundation emerged victorious in the 6-10 class category.

The competition served as a unique platform where children from diverse backgrounds, including those with special needs and underprivileged youngsters, joined hands with their peers to express their imagination and creativity through art. The competition was pivotal in encouraging children to think outside the box, explore their creative potential, and translate their imagination onto canvas. The event not only showcased the artistic talents of the participants but also provided the audience with a glimpse into the world as seen through the eyes of these young artists. This initiative fostered a sense of unity and understanding among the younger generation.

Speaking about the event, Mr. Salil Kumar, Director, CRC Group, stated, "We are proud to be a part of an initiative that celebrates diversity and creativity among our youth. The Setu Shikshajyoti Painting Competition was a part of our commitment to creating an inclusive platform for children to express themselves, irrespective of their background. Through such events, we aim to contribute to the holistic development of our community."

Get Your Perfect Dose of Drama and Suspense with ‘The Trial of Satyam Kaushik’ only on &PriveHD

30th November, Mumbai: Experience the rollercoaster of emotions of a stage play right from the comfort of your screen with Prive Theatre by &PriveHD. The channel brings to you yet another drama full of suspense with the telecast of ‘The Trial of Satyam Kaushik’ on 1st December at 7pm.

Directed by Sajit Warrier, this play is set against the backdrop of the immigration conflict of Indians in the USA. The protagonist, Satyam Kaushik, played by Gurpreet Sahni, is a Bengali with Indian origins. His life changes when he loses his chance of securing funding for his startup when he is charged with physical abuse against his wife and faces deportation. This play is a nuanced take on crime against women and bias against minorities.

‘The Trial of Satyam Kaushik’ is the perfectly paced whodunit drama that grips the audience and keeps them on the edge of their seats till the very end. It is one of those stage productions that will stay with you even after it is over.

Enjoy your Friday Evening with drama and suspense in ‘The Trial of Satyam Kaushik’ at 7pm only on &PriveHD

Empowering Fashion Education Takes Centre Stage

*Inauguration of Glamour Institute of Fashion in Kolkata with a Distinct Focus on Women-Led Faculty and Employment*
*Kolkata, November 2023*– A significant milestone in the world of fashion education unfolds with the inauguration of the Glamour institute of Fashion, a pioneering institution committed to not only shaping creative minds but also fostering employment opportunities and empowerment. The inauguration ceremony, held at the institute today, marked the beginning of a transformative journey towards inclusivity and excellence.
The inauguration event featured Honourable Minister of IT and Electronics Government of West Bengal, Shri Babul Supriyo along with notable personalities from the Bengali film and fashion industry - eminent Filmmaker Shri Arindam Sil, film actor & fashionista Sauraseni Maitra and noted nationally acclaimed fashion designer Shri Abhisek Roy. Also present to cheer the team was veteran celebrity makeup artist Aniruddha Chakladar. Attendees were given a glimpse of the institute's commitment to excellence through a tour of the newly designed building.
“Glamour has been doing a fabulous job in the last ten years in promoting fashion in this state. Bringing in cutting edge tools and training the youth with the necessary skillsets. Fashion across the world is exploding and changing rapidly, and it is important that students are able to get formal training to adapt to these changes. I hope this institute helps in creating great designer minds that create great fashion”, adds Babul Supriyo, Honourable Minister of IT and Electronics, Government of West Bengal.
Celebrated filmmaker Arindam Sil added: “A lot of my films have an association with the fashion brand, Glamour, including my last film, ‘Jongole Mitin Mashi’. This institute is seriously dedicated to vocational training among the youth. Gone are the days where we were told to pursue traditional fields, fashion is here to stay and it’s great that Glamour is helping those serious about pursuing this profession to be updated with the changing times. As a filmmaker, we are always in the hunt for skilled fashion professionals who can bring life to our scripts, I hope we see many more coming out of Glamour Institute of Fashion"
“Glamour and I go a long way back, right from my modelling days and I’m happy to be a part of their new initiative which gives back to the society and more importantly focuses on empowering women with the skill to excel in this industry”, says Sauraseni Maitra.
At the helm of the institute is a dynamic and accomplished faculty, predominantly led by women who are stalwarts in the fashion industry. This intentional emphasis on gender diversity aims to inspire and empower the next generation of fashion leaders, breaking barriers and contributing to a more inclusive industry landscape.
Ms. Reema Mondal, Founder, Glamour Institute of Fashion, expressed her vision by stating, "As our organisation Glamour Designer Boutique completes 10 years, we are now foraying into the education of fashion designing. The fashion industry of our country is witnessing an exponential growth and for that we need trained youngsters who are ready to be a part of this growth journey.
'Glamour Institute of Fashion' or 'GIF' aims to offer several crash courses, one year and two years courses for the boys and girls. For the first time we are also introducing a 'stylisation course' which is of great need now.GIF is an all women centre. GIF also aims at women empowerment through education. Internship opportunities have also been created as talks with several leading players of the industry have also been finalised."
As GIF opens its doors, it invites aspiring fashion enthusiasts to join a community where education goes beyond the classroom, empowering individuals to become trailblazers in the industry. 
*About Glamour Institute of Fashion:*
After completing a decade in the fashion industry as a designer boutique, GLAMOUR has launched GLAMOUR SCHOOL OF FASHION, a premium fashion designing institute to educate and prepare future designers and entrepreneurs. Situated in Kolkata, we tend to focus on the overall growth of a student from the basic, traditional to ever-changing demands of this industry to sustain in the long run. We offer crash courses and diploma courses of one and two years. It includes practical training and skill development to build a successful career.

Wednesday 29 November 2023

India emerges as one of the top growth markets in the APAC region: Colliers’ Global Investor Outlook report

·       Heightened investment activity expected in India in 2024 amidst greater certainty, strong economic and demographic fundamentals

·       India received cumulative foreign investments of USD23 Billion since 2018, led by the US, Canada and APAC

·       Investors likely to embed Technology and ESG strategies into their investment decisions

India, Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023  – Investment activity is forecast to increase steadily across the Asia Pacific region in 2024 , according to Colliers’ (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) 2024 Global Investor Outlook. The 2024 Colliers Global Investor Outlook combines on the ground perspectives from our senior experts in Asia Pacific (APAC) and globally with key insights from a survey of our international investor client base, analysed by our industry-leading research teams.

This year’s report points to steadily increasing activity in APAC markets throughout 2024 as certainty around the policy environment takes hold, gaps between buyers and sellers narrow and more investors move to deploy capital.

Colliers anticipates a more positive 2024 than 2023, with a lot of pent-up equity which is looking to find a home. Particularly within the APAC region, investors are aware of the resilience of the asset class and the growth opportunities offered in rapidly maturing markets such as India and South Korea. Colliers anticipates a more dynamic year ahead where the ability to act quickly, dig deeply into markets and sectors to identify value, and forge productive partnerships which will be key to making the most of the region’s resurgence.

The survey data points to an upswing in the proportion of investors planning to boost real estate allocations. Almost 60% of APAC investors expect strong regional economic growth to contribute positively to the real estate environment. APAC region is expected to drive global investment levels in 2024 with a growing depth of capital.

“As more established markets start to stabilise, investors are growing more confident about extending their search for opportunities in growth markets. This is particularly apparent in India, which is expected to remain one of the fastest-growing major global economies, led by private consumption and capital formation. The opportunities to invest in India continue to spread across office, logistics, private credit, residential and data centres.”, said Piyush Gupta, Managing Director, Capital Markets & Investment Services at Colliers India.

While geopolitical outlook represents an overall downside risk to the investment market globally, India continues to demonstrate resilience through its high growth trajectory, remaining one of the fastest growing economies of the world at 6.3% in 2024. Investments into India continue to grow annually and 2023 has seen a strong 27% YoY growth so far. This is steered by long-term confidence in core asset classes and emerging avenues for diversification. From the lens of global and APAC investors, the Indian real estate market currently offers stable returns paired with attractive pricing, better valuations, and higher yields.

“The preference of India within Asia Pacific growth markets is getting stronger, driven by strong performance of economy, improved regulatory framework and robust demand across multiple real estate sectors. Global investors have consistently preferred Indian real estate market, infusing over USD23 Billion since 2018, accouting for 77% of the total investments during this period. USA remains the top investor contributing to about 44% of the foreign inflows, followed by Canada and APAC  at 25% share each. Foreign investors are likely to remain bullish on the Indian market over the next few quarters, as interest cycle continues to reverse, and the yield spread between bonds & real estate continue to widen, making real estate an attractive proposition.“, said Vimal Nadar, Senior Director and Head of Research, Colliers India

Asset class-wise Investments inflows in India (USD bn) in 2018 to till date* – 


Asset Class

Investment inflows 2018-till date* (in USD billion)





Alternate assets**


Industrial & Warehousing


Mixed use







Note: * 'till date' pertains to the data available up to September 2023.

**Alternate assets include data centres, life sciences, senior housing, holiday homes, student housing 


Source: Colliers

The report also highlighted the strength of core assets, rising awareness of ESG and the new alliances & the shifting strategies that will redefine the investment landscape in 2024.

Office to remain at the core

In India, Institutional investors continue to have their bets on the office sector, on the back of increased opportunities, resilient demand, robust growth prospects and availability of exit avenues in the form of REITs. During 2023, institutional investments in office assets rose 1.6X YoY at USD2.9 billion, accounting for about 63% of the total inflows (for the nine months ended September 2023). While global investors continue to dominate the funding activities with higher participation in entity-led deals, domestic investors have also become more active in the market. Performance credit, special situations, portfolio acquisitions, asset reconstruction and related structures have been growing and are likely to attract more investments.

Alternate assets to gain pace in 2024

There is increased investor appetite towards residential, industrial & warehousing and alternative segemnts as well. Institutional investors are specifically capitalizing on the data center growth story sparked by their stable income, higher yields, supportive regulatory framework and have infused USD 1.1 Billion since 2020.

As ESG has become pivotal to occupiers and investors across the globe, Indian investors have also started formulating strategies around ESG that are aligned to their long-term ESG targets.  Although at a nascent level, investors have started monitoring & reporting their environmental impact as a part of due diligence and asset management activities aiming long term resilience and growth of their businesses. Office assets specifically have seen increased adoption of green certifications, owing to rising demand for green buildings and higher rental premiums compared to other asset classes.

 About the 2024 Global Investor Outlook

The fourth edition of our annual outlook for global property investors synthesizes the views of Colliers Capital Markets experts and the results of a survey of international investors. The findings and opinions featured in the report are shaped by their responses.