T.S. Ashwin, Managing Director, Odyssey India Limited, the company that manages the ‘Odyssey’ chain of retail stores, is a first generation entrepreneur. From pursuing C.A., to a stint in Software as a Software Analyst and then onto retailing, Mr. Ashwin is someone who has now been part of the retail industry for more than 15 years.
The first ‘Odyssey’ store was set-up in 1995 in Adyar, a suburb of Chennai. Now there are over 50 stores across various formats spread over 12 cities in India. While the expansion for ODYSSEY continues, he has now taken the company beyond books and music into niche and lifestyle segments of eyewear, premium writing instruments and toys with the launch of 3 new store concepts to retail them - STYLE i, EDITIONS and TOYOPIA.
Mr. Ashwin has since sold his entire stake in Odyssey India Limited to Deccan Chronicle, the media company, but continues to drive the business.