Car Se­wak

Har­ish Kumar Bhaskaran 31 OWNER Splash Spa, Ban­ga­lore

India Today - - THE IDEAS FACTORY - By Aye­sha Aleem

He loves cars, like ev­ery­one else. But it’s not get­ting be­hind the wheel that gets Har­ish Kumar Bhaskaran’s adren­a­line go­ing. His pas­sion for cars took a rather un­usual route—he loves clean­ing them. So much so that he quit his nine-tofive job with an in­sur­ance com­pany to set up a car wash ser­vice, Splash Spa in Ban­ga­lore. He had to sell his first car, a Hyundai Ac­cent, to launch his ven­ture in Oc­to­ber 2011. What makes his spa dif­fer­ent from reg­u­lar car wash cen­tres? He cleans and shines right at your doorstep. Us­ing a 22-year-old Maruti van fit­ted with a 250-litre water tank and ma­chines from Thai­land, he gives show­room shine to cars. He is very par­tic­u­lar about the cloth he uses so that no scratches are left be­hind. “there’s no point if you cre­ate a clone of some­thing that al­ready ex­ists. If you start some­thing, do it dif­fer­ently,” he says. He charges Rs 600 per month for a five-day-a-week wash and vac­uum clean­ing once a month. Thanks to him, ev­ery day 450 Ban­ga­lore car own­ers get to drive around in gleam­ing cars. And the num­bers are stack­ing up.

First Love

Bhaskaran would get dressed in for­mals just to wash his car. “i some­times took leave from work so I could stay home and wash my car,” he says.

Road Ahead

I was one of Har­ish’s first cus­tomers. His ser­vice is ex­cep­tional and not ex­pen­sive. He is al­ways punc­tual.”

Sanal­rao, As­sis­tant Man­ager with a cor­po­rate firm

He plans to set up an au­to­mo­bile ser­vice cen­tre soon, apart from branch­ing out into pro­fes­sional house clean­ing.

SAN­DESH RAVIKU­MAR

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