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Pranav Kumar

Managing Director, India

Pranav leads Allison+Partners in India and works closely with its broader India team to provide client support across corporate reputation, business and brand communications remits. He brings nearly two decades of communications experience predominantly on the agency side and is responsible for Allison+Partners’ expansion in the country. Through his career, Pranav has managed or led campaigns and consulted with a mix of Fortune 500 corporations, industry leading or disruptive brands. Pranav’s specialist areas include reputation management, issues management, content marketing and leading digitally integrated campaigns. Before joining Allison+Partners, Pranav led the India launch of Next Fifteen agency, Bite Communications as its Managing Director for India. Pranav’s worked in various roles at global and boutique communications firms along with stints at SapientNitro and sports marketing firm, IMG. An alumnus of Delhi University, Pranav’s attended Executive Education and Leadership Programmes at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Pranav pursues his passions for fitness and flying radio-controlled airplanes.

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Mumbai is India’s financial, commercial and entertainment hub (the land of Bollywood), housing scores of Indian and multinational companies. It is also a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship. Our adept senior team specializes in developing dynamic and strategic communications campaigns to help brands generate the right conversations by leveraging local insights and our understanding of the media and influencer landscape.

Mumbai in the hot seat

  • What is the greatest historical event that took place in your city? The beginning of the Quit India Movement, which demanded an end to the British rule of India.
  • What is your favorite in-office activity? Eating and random jokes!
  • What food is most associated with your city? Mumbai’s famous Vada Pav, a deep-fried, battered ball of mashed potatoes and Indian spices, encased in a light and fluffy, squared loaf of bread, lathered with powdered red and green chili chutney and butter. It’s delicious!


Hours in Mumbai 

Mumbai (previously and more lovingly known as Bombay) is often compared to New York City, as a city that never sleeps and is a melting pot of diversity and heritage. One day is hardly enough time to visit. But if you are there for only 24 hours, here are a few must do’s:

Start your day by going to Bandra, Mumbai’s quaint suburb full of fishing villages, churches and plenty of restaurants. It is also home to many Bollywood actors and sportsmen. Visit the Mount Mary Church, a 100-year-old Roman Catholic Basilica with gothic architecture that overlooks the Arabian Sea, or St. Andrews Church, one of Mumbai’s oldest churches that was built by the Portuguese Jesuits in 1575. While touring these two places, you can also pass by the homes of mega Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan Salman Khan, both at Bandstand near the sea. Then there’s also the Bandra Fort, which gives you a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea with tiny fishing boats bobbing around. Before leaving, be sure to grab breakfast at Candies, Hearsch Bakery or American Express Bakery.

Next on your agenda should be a visit to Haji Ali Dargah at Worli, a mosque and tomb built on an islet off the coast that showcases the best of Indo-Islamic architecture. Then make your way into the main city to grab a bite at Swati, a restaurant that serves an assortment of Mumbai’s street food. Try their Dhokla, Khandvi and Palki,  all local delicacies.  After you’ve had your fill, make your way over to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, formerly known as Victoria Terminus and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An architectural marvel, it served as headquarters for the Central Railways and was built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Next, make sure to stop at the Britannia and Company restaurant. It serves Persian/ Iranian food and has been visited by many famous personalities, including the Queen and members of the Royal Family. 

Your second to last stop should be the Gateway of India, one of Mumbai’s most iconic structures. It was built to celebrate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder in 1911. Facing the sea, this iconic structure goes hand in hand with another beauty of Mumbai, the Taj Mahal Hotel. The hotel is a Heritage Grand class five-star hotel, known for its intricate architecture. You can visit the beautiful Sea Longue for high tea or head to your last stop at Colaba Causeway, a street where you can peruse for souvenirs, Indian clothes or anything else that tickles your fancy. Finally, you can end your hectic day by visiting the famous Leopold Cafe, a popular hangout for tourists and locals known for its lively atmosphere, food and beers.