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Capturing India’s essence in a bottle

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Successfully completing one of its longest missions, the Indian Space Research Organisation put another feather in its cap with the launch of nine satellites, including an Earth observation satellite (Oceansat). 

Indian spacetech startups also contributed to the payload. Bengaluru-headquartered Pixxel developed technology demonstrator ‘Anand’—a miniaturised Earth-observation camera. Meanwhile, Dhruva Space has put a radio communication satellite, Thybolt.

ICYMI: As a reward for defeating Argentina in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Saudi Arabia is rewarding its football players with Rolls Royce! Now that’s called a ‘sweet victory’.

In today’s newsletter, we will talk about 

Capturing India’s essence in a bottleTête-à-tête with Polygon’s Sandeep NailwalOYO’s losses narrow

Here’s your trivia for today: How tall is the tallest living person in the world?


Capturing India’s essence in a bottle

India is home to tuberoses, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, and jasmine. However, most of our perfumes don’t have homegrown ingredients. This led fragrance professional and brand strategist Anuradha Sansar to launch Legend 1942 to change the narrative around Made in India fragrances.

Homegrown fragrance:

All the fragrances are gender-fluid in nature, and are packaged in black and white bottles, representing ‘yin and yang’. The brand name is a tribute to Bollywood’s legend and curator of the fragrance brand Amitabh Bachchan. A 30ml bottle is priced between Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,750. For the 100ml bottle, the price ranges from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,500.


Tête-à-tête with Polygon’s Sandeep Nailwal

Born to a poor family in Ramnagar, Nainital, Sandeep Nailwal was raised in the ghettos of East Delhi. Determined to finish his education and a will to become a “big man,” today, Sandeep is the co-founder of Polygon, a multi-billion dollar company which is one of the biggest in the Web3 space.

The journey:

Sandeep juggles many hats as an active guide, mentor and angel investor, and is inspired by Mark Zuckerberg.He met Jaynti “JD” Kanani and Anurag Arjun to start Matic Network in 2017, renaming it to Polygon four years later after receiving Mark Cuban’s backing.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandeep started Crypto Relief—a community-run fund that raised over $475 million to help Indians.

Financial earnings

OYO’s losses narrow

Ritesh Agarwal-led OYO has narrowed its losses of Rs 333 crore in Q2 FY23—down from Rs 414 crore in the previous quarter. Since it filed its DRHP in October last year, the company’s valuation has dipped to as low as $6.5 billion in the private market.

Key points:

OYO registered a 23% increase in gross booking value (GBV) per hotel in the latest quarter compared to Q1 FY23.The company’s adjusted EBITDA grew 8X—from Rs 7 crore in Q1 to Rs 56 crore in Q2.The gross rentals for OYO European homes business stayed stagnant, showing just a 4% increase.

News & updates

Paytm’s troubles: The Reserve Bank of India has asked Paytm Payments Services Limited to resubmit the application to operate as a payment aggregator. It put a pause on onboarding online merchants till the time approval remains pending.Security risk: The US has banned approvals of new telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE, saying they pose “an unacceptable risk” to national security. The rules also ban the sale or import of surveillance equipment.Record sale: According to Adobe Analytics, US online spending is expected to set a record for Black Friday, as steep discounts lured consumers against the backdrop of high inflation. Shoppers are expected to spend between $9 billion and $9.2 billion online.

How tall is the tallest living person in the world?

Answer: 8 feet, 2 inches. Sultan Kosen, a 39-year-old man from Turkey, set the record in 2009.

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