While I am back in Mumbai after a brief London trip, and preparing notes on the trip as we speak, I also want to quickly drop in a post about two little startups that might interest you.
The first is a wonderful little coffeeshop/gaming joint type thingie that two dear friends have launched in Bangalore. Brewhaha has opened to rave reviews (google it) and Mansur and Frodo have done a cracking good job of it I hear.
They have a little website shaping up here.
Incidentally there is a little bit of a story behind the name Brewhaha. Frodo and I were both co-summer-interns at a company here in Mumbai all those years ago. In 2004 I think...
This was just after I had written that South Indian Men post. We were cabbing down Marine Drive one afternoon when Frodo and I got talking about alternate careers that we might be good at. Advertising and branding seemed interesting options and we started making names for imaginary things.
(At the time we had no great hopes of converting our internships into jobs. I really didn't see myself making a career selling Hernia meshes.
No, don't ask.)
Brewhaha was something I came up with for a stand-up comedy and beer place. Sitting in that cab.
We promptly forgot all about it and life took us separate ways.
And then years later they quit their jobs and decide to open a cafe. The rest is recent history.
So drop in at their place at Koramangala and say hi for me will you? I am sure they will drop in a little extra whipped cream in your affogato. Or something. And yes spend lots of money please.
The second website is an interesting customized T-shirt design company that does it all online. Click here for Dilsebol. Ravi Kumar will be glad for you to give it a shot and give him feedback as well.
Hmm. That is two good deeds in one day.
As for me I think I will crawl back into my cave and go back to my writing and things. It has been a pretty hectic few weeks and I am thoroughly exhausted.
See you guys over the weekend.
p.s. Both of the above didn't pay me to do this. I don't normally do this. And yes they are all IIMA alum. But please don't hate them for that. Now I will get back to wolfing down these wonderful cakes. After all I don't care if I gain weight. I have hundreds of tshirts in all sizes.
p.s.s. Yes I can do branding as well.