The story of the founder of KFC—Colonel Sanders

By Aniket Gupta | 18 Apr 2024

Do you all know the old man in a white suit in the advertisements done by Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC? The individual portraying the character in the advertisements is Colonel Harland Sanders, the renowned founder of KFC. During the 1960s and 1970s, Sanders gained global fame for his distinctive attire, memorable commercials, and television appearances.

People in history – Robert Bosch

By Kiron Kasbekar | 10 Apr 2024

As a young man, Robert Bosch did not strike people as an ambitious person who might one day become a famous inventor or a big businessman. But he had a craving for knowledge, and a curiosity that later led him on to great accomplishments.

The history of the Indian postal service: from the Mauryans to post-independence

By Aniket Gupta | 02 Apr 2024

Remember the good old days when the postman, clad in his iconic khaki uniform, traversed neighborhoods, diligently delivering letters? In today’s fast-paced world dominated by WhatsApp, e-mail, and SMS, most people have forgotten the experience of receiving a personalized handwritten letter from relatives and friends.

Industry history – canning

By Kiron Kasbekar | 29 Mar 2024

Since ancient times people found different ways in which to preserve food. They salted food, dried it, smoked it, pickled it, stored it in a sugary mix, and froze it. Freezing, of course, could only be done in cold climates, and sun-drying was common in hot and dry climates.

Space nomenclature race hots up

By Kiron Kasbekar | 26 Mar 2024

The Soviet Union was there first, achieving the milestone of sending Yuri Gagarin into space first, and called its space travelers cosmonauts, and, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russians, the prime movers of the Soviet space program, have continued with that term.

People in history - Augustin Mouchot

By Kiron Kasbekar | 20 Mar 2024

There was a man who, more than a century and a half ago, put in years of hard work to create a new technology to harness the power of the sun, something today’s generation has been trying hard to do now, with growing fears of the depletion of the world’s petroleum resources.

HMT watches: No longer the timekeeper to the nation

By Aniket Gupta | 14 Mar 2024

Sadly, there has been one watch brand in India with a rich history, which has been forgotten over time. That brand was not known for its flashy name or design but rather for the simplicity it represented, and to many Indians, the pride of nationalism attached to it. That brand is HMT.

Company story – Quaker Oats

By Kiron Kasbekar | 08 Mar 2024

Quaker Oats is a company whose products I remember from my childhood days. Years before a foreign exchange crisis caused the Indian government to impose curbs on consumer product imports, we used to see a host of foreign brands in the Indian market. Including Quaker Oats, which I remember eating when I was a child, and which has been available for the past two decades or more.

How Quaker Oats grabbed customers’ attention

By Kiron Kasbekar | 07 Mar 2024

Quaker Oats, the American food products giant that was created in 1901 through the merger of many older oat millers, and was acquired by a bigger foods giant, Pepsi, in 2001, has been an innovative company. One example of its innovativeness shows in its packaging – the cereal box it launched in 1915.

Kodak: A journey from creating memories to bankruptcy

By Aniket Gupta | 06 Mar 2024

Have you ever seen a Kodak camera, or heard the name of this company, the Eastman Kodak Company? If not, ask someone in your family who is over half a century old. The name Kodak doesn’t suggest much today, but there was a time not so long ago when Kodak had a near monopoly in the photography business. Both cameras and film.

Building through the ages: Kongō Gumi’s 1446-year journey

By Aniket Gupta | 01 Mar 2024

In such a world of harsh competition and obsolescence, there is a company that stands out as a beacon of longevity. A company whose inception was closer to the fall of the Roman Empire than we are to the end of World War I. The company I am talking about is a modest family-run Japanese construction company called Kongō Gumi.

Economic history – the Roaring Twenties – Part 3

By Kiron Kasbekar | 01 Mar 2024

This part, the third and last part, will look briefly at the new cultural styles that flourished, including jazz and swing in America, and the rebellious art scene in Europe. The world had recovered not only from the First World War, in which an estimated 20 million people were killed, but also from the Spanish Flu, which killed between 25 and 50 million people worldwide.

Books

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster
by Susan Stranahan, David Lochbaum, The Union of Concerned Scientists | 11 Feb 2014
Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm
by Harold James | 26 Feb 2012
The Waste Makers
by Vance Packard | 15 Dec 2011
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