How do we feel when we do something from scratch and the end result turns just amazing …be it big or small ?? Doesn’t a big smile spread all over our face and don’t we feel so proud showing it off to every one as “I MADE THIS ..”. I am sure you would be nodding your head for this.. its the typical human instinct.That’s how i felt,a few days back when i came out from “BOSH DIY SQUARE, BANGALORE “. I discovered the joy of using the tools and creating few stuff that i didn’t even dream of …nor knew of …..
Recently BOSCH DIY square had invited a few bloggers including me to be a part of their fun do – it – yourself activities.I was initially surprised to see the mail .Me a food blogger ,who don’t even know ABCD of tools nor am i an artist ,what am i going to do their ?How will i manage?But the organizer was sure that i would love the event and went on to add that even my kids would enjoy it.Taking her words , i along with my daughter Suchetha, attended the event and we indeed had a wonderful couple of hours at the store.Read on to know what we did there….
ABOUT BOSCH DIY :
‘DIY Square’ is a pioneering initiative by Bosch Power Tools to bring alive the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) category in India. It is the first of its kind touch-feel-try center in India started at Bangalore.The center displays a wide range of tools for the home,hobby and garden category and also offers consumers a hands on experience of working with power tools to not just cater to their basic needs at home but also discover a world of hobbies that can be pursued with tools .This will be a one-stop solution outlet providing a complete range of Bosch home improvement tools at an affordable price. The customers can also seek expert help while working on their projects at the DIY Square.Bosch power tools will soon be opening similar DIY squares across major metropolitan cities in India.
ABOUT BOSCH DIY IN Mr. VIJAY PANDEY’s WORDS ( VICE PRESIDENT,BOSCH POWER TOOLS,INDIA )
” “DIY Square” is our endeavor to start a DIY revolution in India and own the space. We want to reach out to customers and create an environment for them to experience and have fun through the Do-It-Yourself approach. At this experience zone, customers can come together as groups, friends, and families to create objects of interest with very exciting and easy-to-use products. Today, many live a very inactive lifestyle and we have forgotten the joy of doing things on our own.
Through this initiative, Bosch is all set to encourage customers not just to be self-reliant, but also develop a hobby, create interesting objects of decor and cater to their various Home, Hobby and Garden requirements.Also In India, we are seeing a growing middle class that is increasingly opting to try something new and the DIY tools act as the perfect platform to not only make the whole experience ‘fun filled’ but also productive.We are here to remove the notion that power tools require lot of training and only for professional handling…. “
MY EXPERIENCE AT BOSCH DIY SQUARE :
We both the reached the store on time and wandered here and there clicking few pics.The store had a nice ambiance and product presentation as per Indian needs.
The space is divided into three sections: homes, hobbies and garden and each section had the right power tool for everyone – from DIY beginners to experts and hobby do-it-yourself.
They had a kids work station too with toy screwdriver,nuts,drill gun,saw etc and Suchetha loved playing with it. Bosch intends to incorporate do it yourself attitude right from childhood.
Apart from the tools ,stores also had few other Bosch products like solar water heater,washing machine, dish washer, refrigerator etc.
What sets this store apart is a unique experiential zone that has been created for customers .There were unfinished, half-done props along with the complete ones to encourage customers to try the tool and complete the prop.Another interesting design feature of the store is that all the furniture is made using the BOSCH tools.
Once wandering inside the stores was over , we were introduced to the expert store assistants who were all excited and eager to introduce the tools to us .
We started off with the first item for the day ; Egg carvings .I saw there were many beautiful eggshells carved by talented store trainer Ms.Madhuri.
Staring them i could only say Wow !! …It was such a delicate work which i doubt i could ever do . But then the trainer motivated me enough to try my hands with it .
I did finally, but it was no
t that easy.. i managed to carve 2 alphabets in my first attempt .. not bad right ?? With few more sittings with the trainer and with practice one can keep on improvising.
Excited with my creation on egg shells, Suchetha too wanted to do something. Seeing her interest the trainer helped her in glass etching and was very happy to teach my studious daughter.
Suchetha was the youngest student of hers till date and i was a proud mamma seeing Suchetha etching a beautiful flower .
glass etching by the trainer
Next in the hobby section , it was time to get creative with photo frame.On the working table there were few colorful stones and using DREMEL glue gun we were supposed to stick it on the photo frame.
This glue gun can be used to stick anything to everything. This was the most simplest task of the day .Suchetha was like “Amma .. this is very easy . I can do it alone.. i do these kind of crafts often at school ..” .But since the glue coming out from gun was bit hot , i didn’t leave her alone. She was my creative head for the task.We decorated our plain photo frame into a cute colorful one.Wat say ??
I was just thinking we were done for the day . But no .. Mr . Prasad, trainer at wood work started calling us. I was like ” Wood work ??!! No i can’t do that. …” . I hated my workshop classes during engineering days. It was not an easy job for we girls. But Mr. Prasad was like ” No madam ..you can do it.. its very simple.. I’m there, to help you ..don’t worry”. How could i say no to these encouraging words ? Wearing the safety glasses i was all set to experience the new feeling , joy of using power tools.
zzzzzz… started the cutting machines and from the board flew the saw dust.. and i was feeling liking jumping right there. OMG!!… i had cut a plank in a few minutes. And it was not at all tiring. Accuracy was also too good . I was handling big complex tools so easily. Even a common man, untrained people like me could use Bosch power tools. Amazing…
Once the plank got turned into a house shape , it was time for its next makeover as a clock. Suchetha, was eagerly waiting to assist me. Together we made a beautiful clock..
I couldn’t believe that i had done it !! I was feeling so proud and happy seeing each of them. I must specially thank Ms.Madhuri & Mr. Ramesh who were so encouraging and kept on saying “Good job , you can do it.. ” throughout.
After spending more than 3 hours at the store , it was time to say good bye.I couldn’t wait any longer to rush home n show my DH the things “WE” made in a day…..It was an absolutely delightful and memorable experience for us.
This might be a new concept in India but do – it – your self is very common in Western world .The store targets the urban middle class, who are interested to use power tools for minor repair work around the house or even pursue hobbies such as carpentry ,glass etching,flaming,wood carving etc. With little bit of guidance at DIY square and practice later,one can easily use the power tools and slowly be a master with and stop dependency on workers for simple jobs like drilling,fixing screw,car cleaning,gardening etc. They have workshops on weekends to assist also..
The only hitch might be affordability.But as said earlier their target is urban middle class. So those who can afford it .. go for it .. as money can’t buy the happiness you get when you fix something or create a masterpiece. Also in the long run, may be these tools work cheaper when compared to the amount spent on the workers. Its a great start of DIY journey in India.
In Bangalore,currently they have 2 stores and soon are planning to spread across India.
1) Bosch DIY Square
62/2 ,2nd Floor,Above Shree Krishna Kafe,
Opposite Salarpuria Sanctity,Sarjapur Road ,
2) Bosch DIY Square
Opp to Bosch Bannergattta road ,