Category Archives: Authored news articles

Luxury decoded

Small & medium business owners with revenues above Rs 50 cr constitute 50% of buyers So you think it’s the ultra-rich and the neo-moguls who splurge on the luxuries of life? Think again. The luxury market in India, which stood at $5.74 billion in 2010, is primarily driven by small & medium business owners and…
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Forever young: Dev Anand

Dev Anand never stopped, never looked back Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya Har Fiqr Ko Dhuyein Mein Udata Chala Gaya Yes, Sahir Ludhianvi’s wo­rds best describe the life of the ‘forever young’ matinee idol, Dev Anand or Dev Saab, as he was popularly known. He never cared for the consequences, he just lived…
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Husain and I

It was around midnight outside Bangalore airport when I spotted a lanky figure in demins and a blue shirt, holding something that looked like a stick from a distance. A closer look revealed it was a five-and-a-half-feet long paintbrush. I quickly checked his feet to reassure myself. Yes, MF Husain. I went up to him…
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Soft Power

In a nation where hundreds of farmers commit suicide in Vidharbha for their inability to watch their family starve to death, how much power can fasting have? It seems a lot. It is ironic how powerful the tool of fasting is in a nation like ours where poverty still looms large. Anna Hazare has shown…
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State of Health

It is easy to label president Barack Obama’s exhortations to Americans not to travel to Mexico or India for cheap healthcare as protectionist. It presupposes that all is well with our healthcare. Far from it. We are still heavily dependent on imported technology, equipment and medicines. Obama cannot be faulted for trying to assure Americans…
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Return to Simplicity

When development economist Jean Drèze conceptualised and drafted the first version of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, little did he realise that it would boomerang and impact the growth of a crucial sector like construction, which claims to be one of the highest employers of unskilled labour. When the scheme promises migrant labour from…
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Off the Mark

It is time for the government to consider getting out of forecasting and leaving it to the pros. Forecasting forms an integral part of decision making in any organisation, especially if it has a client base of 1.2 billion. The Indian government has not covered itself with glory in getting the forecasts wrong on a…
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We, the people

Being a journalist is tough. It’s fun, only when you are in a position to make life tough for others. Till that time, it’s a dog’s life, or may be horse’s. Actually, a little worse. Let me elaborate. Every year, on Christmas, in Kolkata, the mounted police, a legacy of the British Raj, performs stunts…
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iWonder

Ego is just a reflected centre, not the real centre, Osho says. When a child is born, he is simply aware of the mother and what she thinks about him. If she smiles and says, “You are so beautiful” and kisses him, the child feels good about himself and ego is born. It is not…
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