Get Ready for a Double Dose of Fun as Kanan Gill’s touring in 2024 ft a stand up special and book reading; tickets on Paytm Insider

7th December 2023: Get set to welcome the new year with laughter galore as the popular comedian Kanan Gill embarks on the first leg of his much-awaited India Tour, kicking off this January! Brought to you by the prime destination for top-notch entertainment experiences, Paytm Insider, this tour promises a rollicking good time with 19 shows across 16 cities. Join in for an unforgettable evening of side-splitting laughter and insightful humor as Kanan unveils his newest stand-up special, ‘OK, Bye!’ accompanied by a delightful book reading from his novel ‘Acts of God.’

Picture this – one evening, two incredible events, one-of-a-kind book discussion & reading experience plus a whole lot of jokes, and maybe, just maybe some existential whinging. Grab your tickets exclusively available at Paytm Insider for some laughter therapy with the man who is loved by Indians all around the world.

The first hour of the set is Kanan’s fourth (quite possibly his last) stand-up comedy show ‘OK, Bye’, which will highlight Gill’s extraordinary ability to deliver razor-sharp wit with flawless timing – promising a rollercoaster of hilarious anecdotes that will leave you in splits. Following a breezy 20-minute interval, dive into ‘The Book Experience’ featuring readings, discussions from Kanan’s debut novel “Acts of God”, a casual Q&A, and, of course, some jokes—because why not keep the fun going? And here’s an added bonus: every attendee of ‘The Book Experience’ walks away with a personally signed copy of Kanan’s novel. You can just opt for the stand-up comedy set or go all-in for the complete Kanan Gill experience—the choice is yours! Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in an unforgettable night of laughter and literary charm!

Varun Khare, Business Head, Paytm Insider said, “Kanan Gill’s India Tour promises a stellar fusion of laughter and literary charm that will make you remember why you fell in love with his comic timing in the first place. Paytm Insider always prides itself in the associations we build and are thrilled to present Kanan Gill the comedian and the author. This tour, featuring a new standup set along with anecdotes from his book is a testament to the diverse and immersive entertainment we strive to offer.”

Kanan Gill

Talking about the tour Kanan Gill said, “Thrilled to be touring in a way I haven’t before! Essentially this time I’m doing two different shows in a night. The first hour is my fourth (and maybe last) stand-up comedy special, with silly jokes and stories different from the existential whingeing I normally do. The second hour will be discussing my new Novel, Acts of God. So, in a sense, it’s like a mini-fest with two different performances. People normally do a stand-up tour or a book tour, so I’ve decided to combine both in one! Audiences can book tickets for just the stand-up show, or for both hours (and get a free book too), so whatever you like, no pressure. See you there!”

A YouTuber, actor and stand-up comedian, Kanan is known for his distinctive comedic style and infectious humour, having carved a niche for himself in the comedy and stand-up scene, and becoming a household name. From hosting the hilarious Pretentious Movie Reviews on YouTube to his successful stand-up specials like “Keep It Real” on Amazon Prime Video and “Yours Sincerely” on Netflix, Gill continues to be one of India’s most beloved comedians, with over a thousand shows worldwide and earning a reputation for delivering laughter-packed experiences like no other. So why wait? Snag your tickets and head out with some friends for an evening full of laughs with the one and only Kanan Gill!

India Tour 2024 schedule:

Jan 12 – Kozhikode

Jan 13 – Kochi

Jan 14 – Trivandrum

Jan 19 – Bangalore

Jan 28 – Chennai

Feb 9 – Ahmedabad

Feb 10 – Vadodara

Feb 11 – Surat

Feb 16 – Gurugram

Feb 17 – Delhi NCR

Feb 18 – Delhi

Feb 23 – Bhubaneswar

Feb 24 – Kolkata

Feb 25 – Guwahati

Mar 1 & 2 – Mumbai

Mar 8 – Navi Mumbai

Mar 9 – Vizag

Mar 10 – Hyderabad

Henry Harvin Education is now Great Place to Work certified

Henry Harvin Education

India 07 December, 2023: Henry Harvin Education, a leading provider of professional skill development courses and training is now a Great Place To Work® Certified™ in India. This prestigious award recognizes the company’s commitment to creating an inclusive, empowering, and creative work environment that promotes the growth and well-being of its employees. This accomplishment exemplifies the company’s efforts to foster a culture of trust, respect, and foresight.

Great Place To Work® is the world’s leading authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed over 100 million employees globally and utilized their unique insights to identify what creates a successful workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform provides executives with the input, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make strategic people choices. For more than three decades, the Institute has done groundbreaking research on the characteristics of outstanding workplaces for corporations, non-profits, and government organizations in over 60 countries.

“We are proud to be certified as Great Place to Work, reflecting our unwavering commitment to cultivating an environment characterized by inclusivity, synergy, and individual development. This accomplishment is a credit to our team’s unwavering dedication, which helps to promote a vibrant and thriving workplace. At Henry Harvin Education, we believe that by instilling a sense of worth, support, and empowerment in colleagues, they can do extraordinary things. This certification underlines our idea that we are not only constructing a company but rather nurturing an environment in which each person may flourish and fulfill their full potential. We look forward to continuing on this path, knowing that our people will always be the foundation of our victories.” said Kounal Gupta, Founder and CEO at Henry Harvin Education.

New Launch: Provenance Gift Boutique & Coffeehouse: New outlet in Prabhadevi I Winter Special Menu & Exclusive Christmas Hampers

Provenance Gift Boutique

Just in time for the festive cheer of Christmas and the New Year, Provenance has inaugurated its gourmet gift boutique and café within Ligne Roset, a luxury French home décor store at Prabhadevi in Mumbai.

The curated library of fine foods and gifts, Provenance, shines the spotlight on emerging brands and artisans from India and beyond.

Designed by The Busride Design Studio, the café is spread across 350 square feet which offers an interactive format of browsing merchandise, showcasing the versatile gourmet chocolate collection from Provenance while also enjoying coffee and desserts.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the café features chunky, monolithic, grey terrazzo island tops that look like rocks in a garden. Atop each island is a museum-like wooden cabinet with a display of the world’s best chocolates interspersed with curiosities from across the globe. Reminiscent of the ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ that used to crown the parlours of the world’s great travellers and explorers, each cabinet is a fine curation of edibles and collectables.

The café and gift boutique’s offerings include one of the largest collections of chocolates and gourmet treats from India and across the world. Think chocolates and cookies by Maxim’s de Paris from France, Willie’s Cacao from the UK chocolates made with 100% natural ingredients, with no preservatives or artificial flavours, Dolfin Chocolates from Belgium, and many more. They have more than 100 variants of chocolates available in their chocolate library.

The café introduces a Special menu which includes mushroom melt, sweet chilli and sweet swirl, Spinach corn and feta Danish, Ham and cheese croissants, along with some winter delicacies, such as strawberry and cream tarts, strawberry eclairs, and more!

Provenance will also offer patrons its signature craft coffee and desserts such as rose pistachio cake, chocolate cookie crunch cake with sea-salt caramel, and gluten-free almond orange cake, along with other gourmet delectables and products meticulously curated from across the world.

In addition to fine chocolates, Provenance also offers several other iconic artisanal gourmet treats, such as Truffle Potato chips by Torres, handcrafted Papabubble candy from Spain, and Maxim’s chocolate and cookies from France. Each brand showcased at Provenance is selected for its authenticity, high quality and focus on craftsmanship. There is something for everyone – chocolate lovers, tea connoisseurs, coffee lovers, fitness enthusiasts as well as those who prefer milk, white, dark, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free or organic chocolate gift baskets or gift boxes.

Whether you’re feeling indulgent this festive season or need something exciting to send to a loved one – Provenance has curated gourmet Christmas gift hampers, boxes and baskets to fit your gifting needs. The Christmas collection includes Advent Calendars from Maxim’s des Paris and Dolfin, other festive treats from ROYCE’ Chocolate, Willie’s Cacao and a curation of seasonal delights like mulled wine mix, Christmas cookies, candy canes, macaron biscuits and much more! The hampers start at ₹795/- and go up to ₹10650/-

The following are some of the Best-Selling Christmas Hampers:

  • Maxim’s Advent Calendar (24 Assorted Chocolates) — ₹2,524
  • The Winter Wonderland Gift Box — ₹3,775
  • The Christmas Movie Night Gift Hamper — ₹5,665
  • The Christmas Pantry Gift Basket— ₹7,700
  • The ‘MerryChristmas’ Gift Box — ₹10,650

Packed with warmth and love. Provenance Bespoke Gift Hampers are set to redefine festive gifting and can be shipped all over India. Guests can curate a gift as per their budget and preferences and the in-store gift concierge can help you design your hamper — with customised packaging, branded message cards, ribbons, brand logos and colours etc.

The Evolution from Budgets to Annual Operating Plans: A Paradigm Shift in Corporate Planning

In a notable departure from conventional financial planning, businesses are increasingly shifting their focus from traditional budgets to more dynamic Annual Operating Plans (AOPs). This strategic transition reflects a fundamental change in how companies approach their planning processes, aligning more closely with their vision, mission, and the ever-evolving business landscape.

Ujwal Landge

Ujwal Landge, Partner at E.A. Patil & Associates LLP (EAPA), succinctly captures this shift, stating, “In the fast-paced world of business, Annual Operating Plans have emerged as the compass guiding companies through the complexities of today’s market dynamics. It’s not just about numbers; it’s a comprehensive blueprint for success.”

The Rise of Annual Operating Plans

Unlike budgets that often concentrate solely on financial goals, Annual Operating Plans take a holistic approach, integrating both financial and operational objectives. This shift in strategy acknowledges the interconnected nature of financial success and operational efficiency, providing a more flexible framework that adapts to changing circumstances throughout the fiscal year.

“In essence, Annual Operating Plans represent a departure from rigid financial control to a more adaptable and responsive approach,” notes Landge. “They emphasise achieving a balance between financial performance and operational excellence, fostering a culture of agility and innovation.”

Measurables and Benefits

The core of Annual Operating Plans lies in their measurability and tangible benefits. These plans offer a set of clear, measurable parameters that serve as guideposts for stakeholders, ensuring transparency and accountability. From elevated customer satisfaction and enhanced operational efficiency to working capital optimisation and market positioning, AOPs provide a comprehensive roadmap for success.

Sameer Gavli, Partner at EAPA highlights, “Measuring success is integral to any plan’s effectiveness. Annual Operating Plans not only provide a strategic direction but also offer a tangible way to gauge progress and identify areas for improvement.”

Methodology for AOP Development

The methodology for developing Annual Operating Plans involves a systematic approach to identifying challenges, evaluating their impact, benchmarking against industry standards, and integrating best practices. This thorough process ensures that the plan not only addresses routine challenges but also prepares the company to navigate non-routine and unforeseen challenges proactively.

“As businesses evolve, so do their challenges. Annual Operating Plans are designed to be adaptive and forward-looking, fostering continuous improvement and innovation,” affirms Mr. Landge.

As the business landscape becomes increasingly dynamic, the shift from budgets to Annual Operating Plans is a strategic necessity. It’s not about abandoning financial control; it’s about embracing a more nuanced and responsive way of achieving success. In the words of Peter Drucker, ‘The best way to predict the future is to create it.’ Annual Operating Plans empower companies to do just that.”

The transition from budgets to Annual Operating Plans represents a fundamental shift in how companies strategise and navigate the complexities of the modern business environment. These insights underscore the significance of this change, emphasising the need for businesses to not only plan for the future but actively create it through adaptive and forward-looking approaches like Annual Operating Plans.

Who is Orry – Indians turn to Alexa for answers

07th December 2023 (Mumbai): Amazon Alexa customers in India are ever curious to know more about trending topics and personalities. Questions about celebrities and public figures often lead them to turn to Alexa for a factual, and sometimes even entertaining, response. Most recently, netizens are curious about Orry, a.k.a Orhan Awatramani, the enigmatic socialite capturing the spotlight alongside Bollywood elites. Alexa adds a dash of entertainment to the intrigue by answering the question, ‘Who is Orry’ – that’s been on everyone’s minds lately.

Indians turn to Alexa

Who is Orry

If you’re still unable to figure out who Orry is or what he does – just ask Alexa! Just say, “Alexa, who is Orry?” or “Alexa, what does Orry do?” to satiate your curiosity about the identity of Orry but in his style!

In the past, Alexa has fielded several questions from customers about celebrities and trending personalities. For example, questions like “Alexa, what is Alia Bhatt’s age?”, “Alexa, what is Anushka Sharma’s baby’s name?”, “Alexa, tell me about Rashmika Mandanna” and “Alexa, Salman Khan की girlfriend कौन है?” emerged as popular requests.

Over the years, Alexa has become a trusted and beloved companion for users to interact freely and find quick answers to any question – all by just using their voice. Alexa’s clever quips and entertaining remarks make interacting with it a joyful experience – akin to talking with a friend or family member. Making Alexa a part of one’s day is as simple as asking a question, playing songs, catching up on trending news, controlling smart home devices, paying bills, and much more.

Better Body Bombay, a personal care brand, expands its Line with launch of its new ‘Clean Beauty Range’

Better Body Bombay,

Mumbai,7th December 2023 Better Body Bombay, a leading personal care brand, proudly introduces its innovative range of clean beauty products, embracing the allure of exotic ingredients to revolutionize skincare regimens. The brand’s diverse collections, including Blood Orange, Aloe & Coconut, Tea Tree & Kaffir Lime, Milk & Forest Honey, Lavender & Chamomile, Onion, Pistachio & Argan Oil, embody a commitment to natural elements for glowing, healthy skin.

Crafted meticulously without parabens and sulfates, Better Body Bombay’s dedication to purity and quality shines through its cruelty-free and sustainable approach. The brand stands firm in its promise of responsible beauty practices, ensuring a guilt-free, luxurious skincare experience.

CEO Sandeep Saxena shared, “Our bbb skincare range harnesses the potency of natural, exotic ingredients while upholding our pledge to clean, sustainable beauty. Better Body Bombay caters to diverse skin needs, prioritizing wonderful experience, effectiveness, and rejuvenation while staying environmentally conscious.”

Driven by a mission to transform beauty regimens, Better Body Bombay invites beauty enthusiasts to embrace a luxurious and eco-friendly skincare journey with its exquisite formulations. The brand’s vision extends beyond mere effectiveness, aiming to revolutionize beauty rituals with an environmentally responsible approach.

Urban Square Mall Celebrates Winners of ‘Kaun Banega Lakhpati’ Campaign

Urban Square

Udaipur’s premier shopping and entertainment hub, Urban Square Mall, recently concluded its exhilarating campaign, ‘Kaun Banega Lakhpati,’ designed to bring joy and excitement to its patrons. The winners were announced during a grand event attended by retailers, shoppers, and 350 enthusiastic schoolchildren.

Hansraj Dhangar claimed the 1st prize, earning a well-deserved reward of Rs 1 lakh. Shanu Jagetia secured the 2nd prize, receiving a cash award of Rs 50,000, while Dr. Vandana Chhabra was honored with the 3rd prize, a sum of Rs 25,000. The announcement resonated with cheers and applause, fostering an atmosphere of celebration and camaraderie.

The joy extended beyond cash prizes; Urban Square Mall distributed 1100 silver coins as assured gifts during ‘Kaun Banega Lakhpati.’ Lucky draw winners also received 4500+ coupons, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event. The prize distribution ceremony witnessed Mr. Uddhav, Managing Director of Bhumika Group, personally presenting the cheques to the winners, adding a personalized touch to the felicitation.

Expressing his excitement, Mr. Uddhav Poddar, remarked, “We are thrilled to see an overwhelming response to the ‘Kaun Banega Lakhpati’ campaign. Witnessing the joy on the faces of our winners is truly heartening. The participants exhibited tremendous enthusiasm, and the winners showcased remarkable knowledge. Urban Square Mall remains dedicated to creating memorable experiences for our shoppers, and we eagerly anticipate more engaging campaigns in the future. Stay tuned for something more interesting in the month of mid-December!”

5 lucky winners win a Bumper Draw of 1 kg Gold at IJSF23

5 lucky winners

Bengaluru, 7th, December 2023: India Jewelry Shopping Festival 2023 (IJSF23) the jewelry shopping festival organized by All India Gem and Jewelry Domestic Council (GJC) that concluded on 26th November 2023, today announced the Bumper Prize Winners of 1 kg Gold at a draw that was conducted today in the presence of EY, who were the process advisors for the event. The winners who hail from Hyderabad, Nagpur, Cuttack, Kanpur and Chhattisgarh were selected by EY, the process advisors, fairly and transparently in the presence of the legal fraternity and media. In all, 135 prizes ac5 lucky winners ross 48 cities were also announced.

IJSF 23 started on 15th October and went on till 26th November. As a part of the festival offering IJSF will distribute prizes to the tune of Rs.11 crores to its participants.

Mr. Dinesh Jain, GJC Director & IJSF Convenor, said “I am very happy to announce these winners today and would like to congratulate them on their wins. The entire process of selection has been very fair and transparent. We are very happy with the response that IJSF has received across the country. This has given us lot of confidence and encouragement to come back next year in a bigger and better way. This is one positive step towards making India a jewelry shopping hub.”

3rd Edition of Techno Olympica Knights Concludes with A Grand Finale

Olympica Knights

Kolkata, 7th December 2023 Techno India Group, the largest private education group in Eastern India, hosted the 3rd edition of Techno Olympica Knights, a 6-day gala sports event. The mega sporting event featured over 1000 students from 70 schools across West Bengal.

The closing ceremony was graced by Chief Guest Smt Dipa Karmakar, acclaimed Indian Gymnast and recipient of several sporting accolades. The Guest of Honour was Shri Joydeep Karmakar,well-known Former Indian Sports Shooter and Arjuna Awardee. Honoured guest, Prof Manoshi Roychowdhury, Co-Chairperson, Techno India Group, was at the closing ceremony of the event that included the nation’s Chess Grandmaster and Arjuna Awardee, Mr Dibyendu Barua.

The closing ceremony witnessed a series of events like yoga display, aerobics, medley with ramp show, final countdown, and pyramid formation reinforcing the importance of a healthy mind and body in every being. Performances by the students of TIGPS, Garia made the evening truly memorable.

“We are here for the grand closing event of the 3rd edition of Techno Olympica Knights, an exciting inter-school sports competition wherein 70 schools and 1000 students came together to bond in the spirit of competitive sportsin this ancient discipline that holds as importance in our lives today as it did in historic times,”said Prof. Manoshi Roychowdhury, Co-Chairperson, Techno India Group.

“The various contests have been fullof determination, teamwork, and celebration of youthful spirit. Together, teams and participants have exhibited effort and exertion in various disciplines with regimentation that can only come from practice and dedication,” she said.

“We believe that sporting events like these play a pivotal role in shaping the holistic development of our future leaders. Congratulations to the participants, coaches, mentors, and all those involved in making the event so successful. We look forward to witnessing even greater success in the future editions,” she added.

Techno Olympica Knights concluded in a happy bonhomie that was marked by a fostering of bonding among the various teams. The schools who participated in Techno Olympica Knights were-Abhinav Bharati High School, Sir Nripendranath Girls’ High School (H.S.), Sakhawat Memorial Govt. Girls’ High School, Future Hope School, A. K. Ghosh Memorial School, Andhra Association High School, Silver Point School, Techno India Group Public School, Balurghat, Calcutta Public School, Kalikapur, Pathfinder Higher Secondary, Public School, P.B. Academic School, Sree Sarada Ashrama Balika Bidyalaya, Saltlake Shiksha Niketan, The Bss School, Garden High School, Techno India Group Public School, Garia, Techno India GroupPublic School, Konnagar, National English School, Baguiati, Sri Aurobindo Institute Of Education, Techno India Group Public School, Panagarh, St. Mary’s Convent School, Santragachi, Sai Simanta Model School, Calcutta Public School, Baguiati, Techno India Group Public School, Mankundu, Our Lady Queen Of The Missions School, Park Circus, St. Thomas’ Girls’ School, Kidderpore, Pailan World School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Cossipore,Kanchrapara Albatross School, Bishop George Mission School, Delhi Public

Secondary School, Barasat, Bamanghata High School (H.S), Shri Shikshayatan School ,Nabagram Hiralal Paul Balika Vidyalaya, DAV Public School, Auxilium Convent School, Dumdum ,Dhakuria Ram Chandra High School ,The Scottish Church Collegiate School, Mansur Habibullah Memorial School, National High School (CBSE),National Public School, Techno India Group Academia, South Kolkata, Techno India Group Public School, Guskara, Kalyani Public School, Barasat, Kalyani Public School, Salt Lake, South City International School, Techno India Sima Devi Public School, Techno India Group Public School, Burdwan, G.D. Birla Centre For Education, Hariyana Vidya Mandir, Calcutta Boys’ School, Jadavpur High School, Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School, The Future Foundation School, Calcutta Girls’ High School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ordnance Factory, St. Joseph & Mary’s School, B.D Memorial Jr. School, St. Joseph’s Convent, Hooghly, Douglas Memorial, Higher Secondary School, The Summit School, St. Thomas School, Chandannagar, Techno India Group Public School Ariadaha, Vivekananda Mission School, Joka and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ballygunge.

(TTT) Terribly Tiny Tales welcomes Jitin Babu to its leadership team as VP – Operations

India-wide release, 7th December 2023: India’s much-loved content company and storytelling platform Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT) has announced the appointment of Jitin Babu as Vice President – Operations. This strategic addition to TTT’s leadership team reflects its dedication to enhancing operational effectiveness and advancing its purpose of amplifying the power of storytelling.

A passionate problem-solver, Jitin brings wide-ranging expertise and a proven track record in business management. He has over 13 years of experience in strategy, growth, innovation and business development. He embarked on his professional journey as a novice trader, delving into the intricate world of finance. Over time, he transformed into a successful founder, steering multiple functions and business verticals with adept leadership. Jitin also earned his MBA at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad, specialising in Finance & Strategy.

While finance was his career, content was his passion which manifested in the creation of Curateus, a marketplace dedicated to human-curated content, where he served as the Co-Founder & CEO. Curateus was acquired by a Delaware based content publishing company earlier this year.

In his new role as the Vice President of Operations, Jitin will leverage his experience and apply his skills across the board to create value and impact. He will play a pivotal part in shaping and executing TTT’s operational strategies, ensuring seamless processes across the organisation and productising revenue across verticals, starting with TTT Academy.

Jitin Babu,Jitin Babu, Vice President – Operations, Terribly Tiny Tales said, “TTT is at the epicentre of the Indian digital content and modern storytelling scene, and being a part of this amazing team only makes me incredibly happy. I am looking forward to this new chapter where I intend to use my past expertise in the media-tech and digital content space to positively impact TTT Academy and TTT at large and create opportunities to drive it forward.”

Anuj Gosalia, CEO of Terribly Tiny Tales said, “At TTT, we’re always looking for people who want to work at the cutting-edge of the content and creator economy. And we are delighted to welcome Jitin to TTT as part of our leadership. We believe that his background in operations, his founder-mindset aligns perfectly with our vision for TTT’s future. His expertise will contribute significantly to our growth.”

This appointment proves essential for TTT and TTT Academy since it allows the organisation to pursue new opportunities, including integrating AI-tools for the community and broaden its global reach. Without a doubt, Jitin Babu’s leadership will be crucial in directing TTT through these exciting opportunities.