Remit2India The Light of India Awards 2012 – Brings Most Powerful & Influential Global Indians Together

More than 300 of New York’s crème de la crème from the business, finance, and entertainment communities converged at the 2nd annual The Light of India Awards, an initiative created by Remit2India and presented by The Amrapali Group.

The awards ceremony, held on Friday, June 1 at the Taj Pierre Hotel, is a platform to honor the excellence and exemplary achievements of Indians living abroad.

An extravagant blue carpet welcomed the likes of Arun Sarin, Narendra Patni, Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Amitav Ghosh, Padma Lakshmi, Lisa Ray, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Pooja Batra, Sabeer Bhatia, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, just to name a few.

Winners were announced by esteemed jury members in the categories of Business, Corporate Leadership, Education, Science & Technology, Arts & Entertainment, and Literature.

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Remit2India celebrates NRI Family Day

Remit2India, as part of its endeavour to build a bond with the families of NRIs, recently celebrated another chapter of its ‘Remit2India – NRI Family Day’ in Bengaluru. Known for being the pioneer in offering an online money transfer service for NRIs, the Remit2India – NRI Family Day was created as an occasion to celebrate & bond with the families who have their loved ones across the globe. Touted as an evening full of fun & entertainment, the event lived up to the hype with over 300 families in attendance. Held at the Palace Grounds in Bengaluru, it included live performances by Indian Idol star Rehan Khan as well as Bollywood actress Smiley Suri.

Also part of the evening celebrations was a range of activities from free health check-ups, tattoo artists, Tarot card readers, live international video chats etc. The icing on the cake was an elaborate spread of delicacies to suit the different tastes of the family members.

Speaking at the event, Avijit Nanda, President – TimesofMoney said “Every one of us miss not having our loved ones around. The Remit2India NRI Family Day is our way of trying to bridge the physical distance between the NRI & his family in India. We are overwhelmed with the response & really delighted to see the families having such a wonderful time”

The event would be extended to other cities. Key partners for the Bengaluru event include Clarks Exotica, Life Insurance Corporation, Mallya Hospital, Volkswagen, Chromozome Network, Jet Airways & Times Card.

Remit2India adopts innovative ways to connect with its NRI audience

Participates in community associations & events to increase brand presence and engage its audience

Believing in the philosophy of engaging with its customers Remit2India, pioneer in online money transfers, has adopted a novel way of reaching out to the Indian disapora by partnering with Indian communities such as the ‘Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal of North America’ (BMM), ‘Telugu Association of North America’ (TANA) and participating in their annual events in US. Associating with these communities provided the opportunity to interact with NRIs who send money back home.

The BMM and TANA events were held in Chicago and California respectively where a sizable NRI population resides, thereby providing the perfect platform for services such as Remit2India to interact with potential customers. Both events attracted thousands of locals who turned out in large strengths at the venues that showcased their cultural and Indian roots.

Remit2India’s booth at these events gave the audience a flavour of the ease and convenience of its services that NRIs could benefit from when sending money to their home country. This on-ground activity was targeted at effectively connecting, interacting and engaging with the NRI community. Several product demos were conducted and promotion brand collaterals were given out to excite the customers. Commenting on this initiative, Avijit Nanda, President of TimesofMoney said, “We have traditionally followed extensive online marketing activities, but over the last couple of months, we have adopted a more focused approach that allows us to interact with our consumers directly and educate them on transferring money in a safe and secure manner online. Remit2India has always been innovative in interacting with its audience and sharing relevant product information. For these events, we aided our representatives with iPads that allowed us to provide a real time service demo along with a chance for customer to signup for FREE on the spot. The feedback has been very promising and we hope to continue reaching out to our audience in an innovative manner”.

Remit2India ‘The Light of India Awards’ 2011 Winners Announced

A beautiful evening in New York mirrored the excitement resonating around the first ever Remit2India ‘The Light of India Awards’ 2011 held on 22nd April. The awards were constituted by Remit2India, ranked the world’s #1 online money transfer portal for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) by AC Nielsen, to recognize exemplary achievements by NRIs in the fields of business leadership, corporate leadership, political leadership, science and technology, journalism and literature and arts and entertainment.

The event received an overwhelming response, from the who’s who of the South Asian community in New York to special dignitaries and performers fromIndia. The attendance of celebrated personalities like Javed Akhtar, Salman Rushdie, Ajay Banga, Naveen Jain, Vinod Khosla, Harman Baweja, Vivek Kundra, Mukesh Majmudar and Vinod Dham made the night a runaway success.

Special chief guest, Her Excellency Meera Shankar, the Indian Ambassador to theUnited States, was honored by legendary Indian film and stage actor Shabana Azmi. Indian musician and singer, Raghav Sachar, wowed the audience with his patriotic tunes while actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi, of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, entertained the crowd with his anecdotes of being a first generation American-Indian. The venue the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel was as grand as the sentiment attached with the award ceremony.

Speaking on the success of the event Avijit Nanda, President of TimesofMoney, said, “One of the definitions of the word ‘Light’ in the dictionary is ‘a person who is an outstanding leader, celebrity or luminary – The Light of India Awards is just about that.Indiais on the path of being a major superpower – and one of the main reasons behind this is our global Indian community. The philosophy of the Times Group has always been to recognize excellence in various fields be it movies, business or beauty. And being a part of the Group’s global arm serving the Indian diaspora, it seemed logical for us to create this platform.” 

Winners were announced in 6 categories ranging from corporate excellence to arts & entertainment. The esteemed Jury comprising of names like Sulaja Firodia Motwani, Javed Akhtar, Priya Paul, Prasoon Joshi, Shiv Khera, Mahesh Dattani, Shabana Azmi, Pranay Gupte and Madhu Trehan chose their winners from each category. In accordance with the Jury Awards, NRIs and Indians across the world voted online to choose their ‘Light of India’ People’s Choice Awards.

A Special Award called the “Power of Influence” was also created to honor a special person in some of these categories who has influenced his or her field in such a prominent way that it has changed the course of that field.

Remit2India Introduces ‘The Light of India Awards 2011’

An endeavor to recognize the Indians abroad

Remit2India, the online money transfer service for NRIs, recently announced a brand new initiative to recognize the Global Indian community.

Over the years, the Indian community abroad has contributed significantly not only to their country of residence but also to the Indian economy back home. Worldwide, Indians are recognized as the most valued ethnic community in terms of their intellectual capital. Their efforts in infusing capital, ideas and international practices have also contributed significantly to the Indian economy apart from keeping alive the Indian traditions and culture far and wide. Indians today have done the country proud through their contribution in various fields like art, science, technology and politics the world over.

Aptly titled the Light of India Awards, the objective of this platform is to recognize & reward these NRIs who have excelled in their respective domains. Presented by the Amrapali Group, the awards are a unique combination where the winners would be chosen in 2 categories – A Jury of eminent names & also online by the NRIs themselves.

Covering 6 categories ranging from corporate excellence to arts & entertainment, the Jury comprising of names like Sulaja Firodia Motwani, Javed Akhtar, Priya Paul, Prasoon Joshi, Shiv Khera, Mahesh Dattani, Shabana Azmi, Pranay Gupte and Madhu Trehan who would choose a winner from each category. Simultaneously, NRIs and Indians across the world would be able to vote online on who they choose as their ‘Light of India’. The entire process would be validated by KPMG.

A culmination of the entire voting process is a grand awards event on the 22nd April’11 in New York City. With the Indian Ambassador to the U.S, Ms Meera Shankar, as the Chief Guest, the event would be graced with the presence of some of the biggest names from the NRI community.

Giving his take on the initiative, Avijit Nanda – President, TimesofMoney, said “NRIs have always been one of the reasons for which India has been shining. Having catered to this community with our Remit2India service, it is only logical for us to create a platform to recognize these shining lights. What is even more unique is that for the first time this community is being recognized by a combination of a distinguished Jury & most importantly, by the very members of this community – the NRIs.”

Commenting on the platform, Mr. Anil Kumar Sharma, Chairman – Amrapali Group said “We are extremely delighted to be a part of this commendable endeavour. Its great to see Indians succeeding across the globe and get recognized through this initiative. It also fits in perfectly with our philosophy of ‘Developing India’ as NRIs are key contributors to our nation’s success & development.”

The other key partners to the event include Sony Entertainment Television, Asia as the Exclusive Television Partner, Etihad Airways as the International Travel Partner, as the online partner, Comcast and Goa Tourism as Associate Sponsors.

More details on the event & the voting process are available on the website,


Remit2India turns 10 years old

Longevity in the Internet space has always been a challenge for most ventures, especially the Indian ones. There are, however, a few prominent exceptions. Remit2India, the flagship brand from TimesofMoney, recently completed 10 years of helping NRIs bringing money safely back home.

India has always been one of the largest receivers of remittances thanks to the large NRI community across the globe. At the turn of the century, the options to send money home were limited and restricted to cumbersome & inefficient ‘offline’ methods, which even came at a huge price to the sender of the money. And that is when Remit2India was created to change the way the industry functions. Riding the online wave, Remit2India was the pioneer in creating a proposition that allowed the sender to use the efficiencies & convenience of the Internet to send money home. Gone were the days of endless waits for cheques to credit & also paying high fees to wire the money from overseas.

Today, Remit2India continues to be a leader in the online remittance space, which in turn is the fastest growing option for NRIs to send money. With a customer base of over 500,000 loyal NRIs, Remit2India has always thrived on being the innovator in this space. Right from introducing first-of-its-kind products like Direct Debits, Remittance Cards, SMS Alerts to getting industry recognitions like Brand Leadership Awards and a recognition of ‘World’s No.1 Independent Online Money Transfer Portal for NRIs’ in an AC Nielsen study, Remit2India has become the chosen option for NRIs looking for a safe & trusted option to send money.

To mark its celebrations, Remit2India has chosen to reward the people who have helped it become such a huge brand – its customers. All this month, Remit2India is running ‘The Perfect 10’ offer where apart from the customer getting a guaranteed extra amount per transfer, there are a host of engaging offers based on the theme of ‘10’. NRIs from all over the world are invited to participate in the offer & join in the festivities.


Remit2India does it yet again!!

Remit2India’s website earns the coveted

‘Standard of Excellence WebAward’

Remit2India, the online money transfer service for NRIs from TimesofMoney, has added an other feather to its cap. Remit2India’s website was recognized as the “Best of Industry” in the International Business & Technology categories for 2010. Some of the past winners were corporate giants like FedEx, Cisco, SAP, UPS, Nokia, AT&T amongst others.

WMA has been creating high standards for excellence with regards the various facets like Website development and marketing on the internet. The unbiased judging fraternity comes from the top executive tiers of internet marketing, on-line advertising, public relations and website design professions. WMA has been a platform for complementing many of the best works done in the industry.

Commenting on this achievement,” Mr. Avijit Nanda, President, TimesofMoney Ltd. said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award and are especially proud that our team’s effort in attaining the highest standards of quality and creativity is recognized by senior members of the international web marketing fraternity.It is indeed a matter of great pride for us to have scored above the industry average across all parameters & secure exceptionally high scores on the interactivity and technology parameters. A tribute to our perseverance and commitment to provide the best in the industry”.

Awards adjudication was done on the basis of :-

• Design

• Interactivity

• Technology

• Content

• Innovation

• Copywriting

• Ease of use to target audience

We have scored above the industry average across all parameters and have scored exceptionally high on interactivity and technology.

Indeed a proud moment for all of us.

Congratulations to One and All !!



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