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Turn a New Leaf

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Two friends, Sudhir and Rajiv, meeting after a while, chatted through their journey.

On reaching the destination, Rajiv remarked, “Oh, I didn’t realise how fast the time passed.”

Sudhir was surprised, “Time would have passed anyway.”

Rajiv smiled, “But not so quickly.”

So, the year is coming to an end. To some, it has been a long drawn year. They have been counting the days, and it has ended, finally! To some, it’s a surprise. It seems as if the New Year had only just started, and it has ended, already!

Well it all depends on how you are using time. If you are using it well, it flies past. If not, then it appears to drag.

Time and you are the banks of the river life. Both are inseparable.

But isn’t that true for everyone? Then why is it that some manage to achieve much more even though they live almost to the same age. Why do some achieve more in a decade than others, or a year, or a month or a day even though each of us have the same three sixty five days in a year, the same twenty-four hours in a day.

Contrary to belief, time can neither be used nor be wasted. It runs its mechanical course. The variable is you. How much you put in, how much you give yourself makes the difference in how much you achieve in the same time period. And there lies the difference.

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. – George M Adams

The efficient and those hungry to achieve, see time as a stopwatch ticking away. They understand that time moves at the same pace for everyone. Knowing perfectly well that time is the one thing that cannot be redeemed, they give it their best. This approach makes them respect time, be frugal on its wastage; and end up being precise, purposeful, and productive.

Conversely those who are casual, callous, and complacent seem to be wondering what the fuss about time is. With a limited agenda, and an attitude to match, they presume others too have time in abundance. Their approach to time mirrors their approach to life: casual.

So we have two types of people: One who feel every opportunity should be utilized to do more, and the other who wonder how people could be enslaved to time. There are no prizes for guessing to which section the achievers belong. They have discovered this flair for time that makes them achieve more than their less successful counterparts.

What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year. – Vern McLellan

The time has come to replace the calendars. The year will once again be reset to zero. It is time to make a fresh start. No past regrets, no excess baggage of guilt. No bonuses of past glories, or the highs of the achievements of the year gone by.

It’s a brand new year. It will once again run its course. It will tick away the seconds, the minutes, the hours, the days, the months and it will complete its orbit around the sun.

But the variable is you. How much will you put in? How good will you make this year? The year has expectations from you.

Turn a new leaf before this one leaves.

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Brand Spectacle

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A musician can find music in silence, an artist art in emptiness, and a brand enthusiast branding, anywhere.

Though I didn’t hear the word brand in my formative years, I still can’t help recollecting how branding was prevalent in all spheres of life, across the walks of life, and amongst people of different hues.

Diwali was a time of sightseeing the streets, the bazars, and certain locales. As teenagers, we could hide our excitement as we went for our annual rounds to feast the spectacle of festive decorations.

The bazaars were basked in brightness, shops dressed as brides, adorned with flowers and lights, each yearning for well-earned attention. The jewellery shops, in particular stole the show. While most were strikingly handsome, some were on our must-see list, as they always had a special touch about them.

Years later, I understood this as branding. They used every opportunity to express themselves. They didn’t go through the motions. They planned, toiled and assured that they used it as a brand building exercise.

Celebrations have different hues, and in the eighties crackers were a popular expression. Some establishments made their presence through crackers as eager spectators lined up for the fare they had come to expect over the years.

Many housing societies demonstrated branding unknowingly. Each society had its own theme, but a pleasing spectacle was that an identical kandeel of the same colour and size adorned at every house window. And an enlarged version of the same kandeelwelcomed the visitors at the entrance of the premises.

Looking back I wonder whether it is possible to bring back those ways. Quite unlikely. Not that it would have been easy in those days to make everyone agree on a uniform festival code. They would be the odd disgruntled types, or some who would have wanted their own way.

Great lessons of branding – of spirit, teamwork, and consistency.

Festivals change their colours, the festivities change their expressions, but branding will always find a way to express itself.

Posted in: Branding, Diwali, Festival, Festivals, India, Motivational, Visible and Invisible Branding

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Olympic Dreams

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Many events occur in our lives. Some come and pass by innocuously, some make their presence felt while they are around, and some leave an indelible imprint on our lives.

Once every four years comes an event which touches in many ways. It is not a symbol of competition, achievement, or even excellence. It embodies the spirit of human existence.

Yes, it’s Olympics time.

I must confess that in moments of introspection, I do sometimes think about the never-ending flurry of activity in the world, the madness so to say, of people seeking to achieve more, and wonder whether there’s any need for it.

Nature has devised a wonderful process of self-sufficiency. There’s enough for everybody. The flora and fauna has an unrushed pattern of growth. Birds live a contented life and sing happily. The animals have a cyclical journey and seem to enjoy their existence.

Then why do humans, who have an option to peacefully live their lives, choose to push themselves higher: towards bigger goals, towards greater heights and aspire better benchmarks.

Let’s face it: What material benefit will the world derive if someone betters the mark by a fraction of a second?; how will it affect the world if someone swims the laps a little faster than the others; how would the weightlifter add some weight to the purpose of the world?; how will a team’s win add to the victory cup of the world?

Events such as Olympics provide the answers.

Humans differ from other living organisms essentially in one area – the spirit of achievement.

Humans alone possess the indomitable spirit to challenge themselves to bigger goals. They have dreams and desires and can dedicate their lives towards this purpose.

In pursuit of their dreams and desires, these achievers experience a sense of fulfilment, and it is this contagious spirit that forms the edifice of human existence.

They manifest that human life is not about survival but conquering new heights.

Though events such as these come after long intervals, they serve only as a reminder to all of us to reach inside us.

Reach inside and dig into that spirit that will set our sights on higher goals and in turn inspire others to pursue their dreams.

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A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person

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A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well – Jeff Bezos

Brand is no longer a secret. It is no longer optional. It is no longer a USP.

People and Organizations have realized that Branding exists irrespective of whether you want it or not. Because it’s in the minds of the people. And they have a mind of their own.

However, Brands can be managed. Managed well. Managed to create the right image. The right impression. The reputation that you seek. An identity that you desire.

With every person, product or service competing fiercely in today’s tough market scenario, good brands need to work harder.

They need to plan well. They need to execute well. To be ahead, they need to do the difficult things well.

With over three decades of Brand Building behind us, we help brands across domains to plan, execute, and stay ahead in competitive markets.

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Icing on the Cake

Icing-on-the-cakeThere are things you can see and things you can’t. Same with Branding.

Visible Branding and Invisible Branding.

Visible branding is about Logos, Packaging, Collateral, Store Design, Website, Social Media presence.

Visible branding is important to create the attraction towards the brand.

It is the promise.

Invisible branding is Reliability. Confidence. Dependability. Quality.

It is about delivery.

Brands have been taking a cakewalk through visible branding. The appeal of the icing has made them forget the cake.

Brands need to look not just at the icing but what goes into the cake. Or it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Have the cake and eat it too.

See how Visible and Invisible Branding do wonders for your brand http://parichay-india.in/visible&invisible.pdf

Write to us for your enquiry at response@parichay-india.in

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First Impression is the Best Impression

First-Impression-is-the-best-impressionThere are things you can see and things you can’t. Same with Branding.

Visible Branding and Invisible Branding.

Visible branding is about Logos, Packaging, Collateral, Store Design, Website, Social Media presence.

Visible branding is important to create the attraction towards the brand.

It is the promise.

Invisible branding is Reliability. Confidence. Dependability. Quality.

It is about delivery.

Brands have banked heavily on first impressions through visible branding. Armed with visual imagery impressions were a child’s play.

But when brands grow up they realize first impressions can open doors but not keep it open.

For that you need invisible branding.

Create Lasting impressions.

See how Visible and Invisible Branding do wonders for your brand.

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Hues of Holi

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India’s cultural diversity punctuates the calendar with a variety of festivals. Some of them are celebrated for the welcome break they provide without realizing its significance, and some celebrated with zest and vigour.

Come March, and the colours on the faces will reappear as they welcome the festival of colours: Holi.

This free-for-all carnival of colours has mixed reactions, as this festival provides a license for a little indulgence that may make some uncomfortable.

Like most festivals Holi too has some legends that lend colour to it.

There is a symbolic myth behind Holi and it is celebrated as a festival of love. The Hindu deity Krishna, as a baby, developed his characteristic dark blue hue because the she-demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. In his youth, the blue hued Krishna despaired whether the fair-skinned Radha and other girls would like him. Tired of his repeated questions, his mother asks him to approach Radha and colour her face in any colour he wanted. This he does, and Radha and Krishna became a couple. Ever since, the playful colouring of Radha’s face has been commemorated as Holi.

According to another legend, King Hiranyakashipu, the King of Multan had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible. He grew arrogant, thought he was God, and demanded that everyone worship only him. Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlada, however, disagreed and remained devoted to Lord Vishnu. The infuriated Hiranyakashipu thus subjected Prahlada to cruel punishments, none of which affected the boy or his resolve. Finally, Holika, Prahlada’s evil aunt, wearing a cloak that made her immune to injury from fire, tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. As the tongues of fire soared upwards, the cloak flew from Holika and encased Prahlada. Holika burned, and Prahlada survived. Hiranyakashipu was furious.  Unable to control his anger, he swung his mace which smashed a pillar. There was a tumultuous sound, and Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Narasimha and killed Hiranyakashipu. The bonfire is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil, of Prahlada over Hiranyakashipu, and of the fire that burned Holika.

The Holi festival, Phalgun, has further cultural significance, most prominently, it celebrates the beginning of spring. In 17th century literature it was identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests, and the fertile land. People believed it was a time to enjoy spring’s abundant colours as they bid farewell to winter.

It is also a festive day to cleanse oneself: to end and rid oneself of past errors, to end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. People reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and rid themselves of the accumulated emotional impurities from the past.

Holi also marks the start of spring, and for many the start of the New Year.

Posted in: Brand News, Branding, Celebrations, Festival, Festivals, India

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire

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There are things you can see and things you can’t. Same with Branding.

Visible Branding and Invisible Branding.

Visible branding is about Logos, Packaging, Collateral, Store Design, Website, Social Media presence.

Visible branding is important to create the attraction towards the brand.

It is the promise.

Invisible branding is Reliability. Confidence. Dependability. Quality.

It is about delivery.

Brands have been hiding behind the smokescreen of visible branding hoping the smoke will suffice.

What brands need is a fire in their belly.

Get out of the dark. Light up your brands.

 

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Where there is a will there is a way

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There are things you can see and things you can’t. Same with Branding.

Visible Branding and Invisible Branding.

Visible branding is about Logos, Packaging, Collateral, Store Design, Website, Social Media presence.

Visible branding is important to create the attraction towards the brand.

It is the promise.

Invisible branding is Reliability. Confidence. Dependability. Quality.

It is about delivery.

Brands have opted for the oft used road of visible branding. But so have others. And that has left a crowded marketplace with little differentiation.

Brands need to pave new ways of invisible branding to embark on new destinations.

And for that the way exists, if you have the will.

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All sizzle and no steak!

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There are things you can see and things you can’t. Same with Branding.

Visible Branding and Invisible Branding.

Visible branding is about Logos, Packaging, Collateral, Store Design, Website, Social Media presence.

Visible branding is important to create the attraction towards the brand.

It is the promise.

Invisible branding is Reliability. Confidence. Dependability. Quality.

It is about delivery.

Brands have shown a great appetite for visible branding hoping it will satisfy the hunger.

Customers find this difficult to digest.

Open your brand menu for some exciting flavours.

Bon appetit!

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