Musings

~ Vedashree Patankar and Deepa Soman When Deepa writes that our Learning Monday session on 28 Th January will be on yoga, I am a bit skeptical. Anything that purports…

Light & Insight

        ~Vedashree Patankar Deepa starts out the session by saying ‘Today we shall learn how to listen’. The Learning Monday session is underway, and I think to…

Light & Insight

-Pallavi Salvi To know is to grow. Eagerness to know, seek information, understand, imbibe, inculcate and then pass-on, teach, explain, share – Here is a Sage personality; methodical and objective.…

Light & Insight

Frozen foods exist in a plethora of cuisines and cater to an enormous portion of the market. Whether as the value-added French fries, samosas, spring rolls, or chicken nuggets, they…

Light & Insight

The Jester Archetype By: Tanvi Anand, Deepa Soman “You only live once, so lighten up because life is meant to be enjoyed”. Abiding by this motto, the Jester archetype exhorts…

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Musings
Yoga and Living

~ Vedashree Patankar and Deepa Soman When Deepa writes that our Learning Monday session on 28 Th January will be on yoga, I am a bit skeptical. Anything that purports to solve all my problems and/or relive me of my stress sounds like a myth or urban legend. The session…

Light & Insight
Listen to learn or Learn to listen?

        ~Vedashree Patankar Deepa starts out the session by saying ‘Today we shall learn how to listen’. The Learning Monday session is underway, and I think to myself how hard can it be to listen? I’ve done it for almost 15 years of my life through school…

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The Sage Archetype

-Pallavi Salvi To know is to grow. Eagerness to know, seek information, understand, imbibe, inculcate and then pass-on, teach, explain, share – Here is a Sage personality; methodical and objective. An unquenchable thirst to know more; they have time, history and proven strategies on their side. A constant desire to…

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Frozen Foods in India

Frozen foods exist in a plethora of cuisines and cater to an enormous portion of the market. Whether as the value-added French fries, samosas, spring rolls, or chicken nuggets, they are an efficient, delicious, and time-saving option compared to fresh produce.  In 1924, Clarence Birdseye, a former fur trader discovered…

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The Jester Archetype

The Jester Archetype By: Tanvi Anand, Deepa Soman “You only live once, so lighten up because life is meant to be enjoyed”. Abiding by this motto, the Jester archetype exhorts life be lived to its fullest. The Jester is present-minded and for them joy is a primary concern. The Jester…

1992 - 1996
1996
1997 - 2001
1999
2001 - 2007
2013 - 2019
1992-1996

Initiation

Deepa starts working at Hindustan Unilever Ltd., and after working there for a few years decides to take a career break to take care of her son. The family plans to move to Jamaica, and she wishes to resume working. There are not a lot of opportunities post a career break for her, and this makes her realise the plight of women all across the world who are trying to resume working after taking a break. The seed for Lumière is planted. Deepa joins J.A. Young Research Ltd. to get back to her roots, and ultimately decides to start her own firm under her CA's advise.

1996

Beginning

Start of Lumière Consultancy in Jamaica

1997-2001

Incubation

The family is aching to return to India, and post the birth of her second child, Deepa gets an offer from HUL to rejoin them. She has an itch to make it on her own, and so declines. This results in a different type of engagement between the two, and Lumière engages exclusively with HUL by expanding their scope. Deepa builds a stronghold in consumer behavior, and Lumière develops into an entity of its own. Inception of 'Consumer Centricity', which is their future key to strength, begins. With an expansion in their work, they need more resources and a group of like-minded talented professional women to join the team. Lumière gives them solace, a place to grow, rebuild their careers, and achieve goals beyond their expectations. They begin with mentoring initiatives, with an urge to inspire young individuals. People approach them through word-of-mouth, references, and to create opportunities beyong market research, Lumière becomes a Pvt. Ltd. company.

1999

Establishing

An opportunity arises to be a part of something big, to analyse the growth mindset and the creation of a best practice document for sequential recycling. Lumière makes an impact across categories and branches into Product Testing and Category Creation.

2001-2007

Invigoration

Lumière touches ₹ 1 crore. Their brochure is presented at MRSI. The company turns 10, and Milind joins the team as an observer. This becomes the phase of Lumière's upheavel: from scaling up, digitization and automation of processes, to plugging in leakages across departments and accounts. Their billings reach ₹ 3 crores.

2013-2019

Innovation

Rashmi Bansal dedicates a chapter of her book 'Follow Every Rainbow' to Deepa and Lumière. The company enters adulthood, and they facilitate change management for Lumière. The introduction of the Gallup Strengths to the portfolio is a game changer. A revamp of the technological infrastructure ensues, giving way to an articulation of Lumière 3.0.