Kollam, formerly known as Desinganadu, is an old seaport and a thriving city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a port city along the Laccadive Sea coast. Mar Sabor, an East Syriac bishop, had founded the Kollam Port. The city is situated on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. In ancient times, Kollam had a strong commercial relationship with the Chinese. Kollam city ranks 5th in the country and 3rd in Kerala in terms of per capita income and economic performance. The port city has an excellent export background. Fishing and dairy farming largely contribute to the citys economy. The government is about to establish a fishing harbor in the vicinity of the city in order to increase the fish production. Fisheries, hatcheries, turkey and poultry farms are also plentiful in the city. The city also has a rich mineral base. The sands on the beaches and the entire area has a good amount of heavy minerals such as Ilmenite, Monosite, Rutile and Zircon, which can be used for industrial purposes. There are limestone deposits and bauxite in and around the city. Kollam is often called the "Cashew Capital of the World", as the city is noted for its traditional cashew business. This city is a microcosm of Kerala and its residents are from various religious, ethnic and linguistic groups.
IndusInd Bank was founded in 1994 under the chairmanship of Srichand P Hinduja, head of the Hinduja group and a famous NRI. The head office of IndusInd Bank is in Mumbai and offers a wide range of financial products and services. The bank began with a capital amount of Rs.1 billion out of which Rs. 600 million had been raised by the Indian residents and rest of the amount by NRIs.Among the new-generation private banks, IndusInd Bank is the first in India. The bank has its specialization in retail banking, and it keeps on upgrading its support systems through new technologies. It is also expanding its branches all across the country along with the global spread. In 2008-09, the bank tied up with BONY Mellon for online remittances from the US to India. It has received the prestigious ISO 27001 certification for IT operations in 2009-10. It was ranked second in the fastest growing bank category published in the report by the business world and PWC. In 2016, it was featured on Forbes among 50 super companies in India. Mr. Romesh Sobti, the MD, and Chairman won the best CEO award in the year 2018.