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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It talks about the chaotic Indian shopping habits biyzni how to entice people of all strata to spend their disposable income in his company. Some of the management styles and principle discussed lacks any kind of uniqueness and appears common across the industry, so some portions of the book may look redundant.

The only complaint I have to the author is that maybe this book was written too soon.

It Happened In India: The Story of Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Central and the Great Indian Consumer

Some reviewers have accused this book of being a PR stunt. Books by Kishore Biyani.

Sep 28, Manish Sehgal rated it really liked it. At the same time its also a good management book with anecdotes which shed light on hiyani management related topics. Kishore Biyani should not write kixhore book at ikshore point of time, that is why this works looks promotion-work. May 28, Manish Ahuja rated it really liked it Shelves: High debt, slow sales”.

He progressed to selling his own brand of clothing fabric and then to manufacturing trousers using it, which in turn led to the launch of his Manz Wear garment manufacturing business in There are no discussion topics on this book yet. CEO of Future Group. 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.


He is a strong believer of win-win-win situation.

Kishore Biyani

The liberty was given to all the people in the hierarchy. Considered at first to be an extravagant risk-taker lacking in worthy business connections, and shunned by his peers for all of these reasons, Biyani’s success with Big Bazaar had turned him into a revered figure in the Indian retail sector and a magnet for media attention.

Astounding insights, not-so-new revelations and a lot of pithy Kishore-isms make up this business book which is as much the story of the Future Group as it is about Kishore Biyani himself.

Big Bazzar was constructed keeping in mind the Indian mentality. Average rating for this book as so many compliments of different learned person on Kishore Biyani makes it boring at some sections. 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.

Mar 02, Samuel Kumar rated it really liked it. Growing up in the Malabar Hill area of Mumbai, Biyani attended the city’s HR College but thought little of his studies, preferring instead to rely on a gut instinct and observation in business.

He also rolled-over debtconverting it into loans that would mature in three to five years’ time, and pulled out of joint venture deals with companies such as Etam. Through out the book he mentioned about his experiences about Indian market and viyani he applied different strategies to be successful. 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.

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. He has mentioned his successes as well as his failures. In addition to the threat posed by the conglomerates, the economic downturn affected Biyani’s business and his methods.

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. Jul 25, Dharmesh rated it really liked it. It speaks volumes on changing Indian consumerism and effective means of capitalizing on that. The book has eight chapters, but could be divided into three distinct parts: The chapter on design thinking was a refreshing idea for me and it was good to know that Future group is implementing lot of it.


There are different perspective to look at the book.

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What comes out of all such books is the way the company evolved to its current state. This outlet, which was more than twice the size of any other store in the city, opened in August Modern retailing was first introduced by him and later many boook followed. Nonetheless, by AprilBiyani’s business empire, including the non-retail elements, was performing less well than its competitors and there were concerns raised about its debt levels.

The reason being is that it probably reflects the thought process of KB. Also one big advantage of this book is that it’s in Indian setting so it’s a little easy to relate to the events and details mentioned at times. 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. 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.

Off hand I can think of topics like decision making, human resources, planning, execution, brand building etc. The book explains how the group understood Indian consumer, how the Sarvana store of Chennai acted as a role model for the group, how issues related to real estate, advertising were managed.