Forbes-India

  • I'm painfully shy, I can't talk: Sushant Singh Rajput 26-02-2014 04:03 PM

    Sushant Singh Rajput was a wide-eyed teen in Delhi when he first harboured dreams of working in a Yash Raj film. For someone growing up in the '90s-when Yash Raj Films (YRF) was giving Hindi cinema a new look replete with mustard fields, Swiss Alps and homeward-bound NRIs-that wasn't an...
  • Mobile Internet users in India to hit 155 million mark by March end 15-02-2014 04:32 PM

    More and more Indians are logging on to the internet through their mobile phones, says a recent report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). The study predicts that, by the end of March 2014, there will be 155 million mobile internet users in the country; a rise...
  • 7 to 8 million people claim to play on a console regularly, says Sony PlayStation India head 15-02-2014 12:35 PM

    Atindriya Bose, country manager for Sony Playstation India, is looking to lure India's burgeoning mobile gaming community with Sony's range of gaming products. Q. Why hasn't the gaming boom taken place in India yet? Is it to do with price? People use price to compare console gaming to other electronic...
  • Will Modi as PM push Sensex up even more? 30-01-2014 02:00 PM

    No one can prove it, but the recent uptick in the Indian stock markets is widely suspected to be the NaMo bounce. NaMo, as in Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for prime minister in case the party wins enough seats to form the next government. Goldman Sachs,...
  • 7 new pending Bills You Should be Aware Of in 2014 23-01-2014 12:51 PM

    1. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013 The real estate sector is largely unregulated. There is lack of standardisation, transparency and consumer protection. Introduced in August 2013, this Bill deals with residential real estate, and looks into the transactional (buying and selling) aspect of the sector; it aims...
  • Can Nokia and Microsoft pull each other out of the abyss in 2014? 23-01-2014 11:36 AM

    In discussing the future of Microsoft and Nokia, we must try to answer why they got together in the first place. While there may not have been many strategic reasons, I think there were several pragmatic ones. For Microsoft, Nokia represented the biggest source of momentum for the Windows Phone...
  • Will 2014 be the year in which we let technology control us? 23-01-2014 10:37 AM

    Everything's getting connected around us. Computers. Smart mobile computing devices. Embedded systems. Documents. People. Creatures. Pets. Even ideas. Everything now has the possibility of being a node on the network, able to publish and to subscribe. Everything. Before this decade is out, there's talk of 50 billion connected things. The...
  • Six events that will matter in 2014 20-01-2014 11:56 AM

    1. Sky City, the world's tallest skyscraper, to open in Changsha, China Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened on January 4, 2010. It's both an architectural marvel and a reminder of hubris-for it coincided with Dubai's financial troubles. Its record will be broken by China's Sky...
  • Who will AirAsia India, Tata-SIA send packing from Indian skies? 20-01-2014 11:49 AM

    New Delhi: TATA-SIA, the new airline expected to be launched next year, will surely be a game changer and will have a strategic impact on the aviation industry. However, the shockwaves resulting from the two Tata joint ventures (with Singapore Airlines and AirAsia Bhd), will be felt only from 2015-16....
  • Will good governance make a comeback in 2014? 20-01-2014 11:26 AM

    The cynic would say the question to ask is whether 'governance', not even 'good governance', will make a comeback in 2014. In the last few years reforms have been dead and there has been very little to write home about on most governance fronts. Good governance as a concept has...
  • 7 gadgets to die for in 2014 17-01-2014 03:31 PM

    1. Lego Mindstorms EV3 Google bought eight robot companies over the last six months! And if you're wondering what they were doing, here's what you need to lay your hands on. The Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics platform is the No. 1 platform for anyone who wants to do modern robotics...
  • 4 business turnarounds in the making 17-01-2014 03:22 PM

    1. Mining Moguls The unexpected winding up of the Shah Commission, which was investigating illegal mining, may have raised environmentalists' eyebrows, but the Indian mining sector is looking forward to a better year. Mining had stalled for about two years, hurting mining and steel companies like Sesa Goa and JSW...
  • The Global Economy: Will the Craziness Stop in 2014? 17-01-2014 03:12 PM

    The year 2013 saw two anniversaries: The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy and the 5th anniversary of the global financial crisis (GFC) and the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Both events continue to cause controversy. Theories about the presidential killing are still debated. There are still...
  • 4 investment segments to watch in 2014 16-01-2014 02:30 PM

    1. Real Estate The year 2013 was not really great when it came to investing in real estate. Prime areas in Mumbai actually saw a fall of around 10 percent, while the suburbs managed to maintain the price range. Real estate is a difficult business to understand. Since developers are...
  • Rajan's report card in 2014 16-01-2014 02:18 PM

    There are four elements of the report card that we would write in December 2014. How much has year-on-year CPI inflation declined? Did the exchange rate hijack monetary policy? Has the bond-currency-derivatives nexus started thriving, with liquidity and market efficiency? Has substantial implementation of the Indian Financial Code taken place?...
  • Can India hope for a jobs upturn in 2014? 16-01-2014 02:01 PM

    January gets its name from Greek God Janus who has two faces; one looking forward and the other looking back. Since it is that time of the year, and given that job creation is India's most important challenge, it is as good an opportunity as any to reflect on 2013...
  • 16 books to pre-order in 2014 07-01-2014 04:34 PM

    Heads-up for autumn/winter 2016, when Aleph will publish the much-anticipated novel A Suitable Girl by Vikram Seth. Less than 24 months to give A Suitable Boy another go, people! 1. The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Hachette A new David Mitchell book is an event, at par with a Christopher Nolan...
  • Why Imran Khan avoids being on social media 03-01-2014 04:03 PM

    Mumbai: The level of information that Facebook has on people is remarkable-and we volunteer it. If the government asked these questions, I would say, "Why would you care who I'm married to or who I'm dating? It's none of your business! Why do you need to know what music I...
  • Saif-Soha to Farhan-Zoya: Sibling power in entertainment 02-01-2014 02:30 PM

    Farhan + Zoya Akhtar Farhan is the more versatile of the Akhtar siblings, making a name for himself as a director, actor and singer, but Zoya, too, has stamped her class in the industry with award-winning films like Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Word has it that...
  • Sushant, Ayushmann: TV Actors Who've Struck Gold in Bollywood 02-01-2014 02:20 PM

    In his documentary photography book Living The Dream: The Life of The 'Bollywood' Actor, eminent shutterbug Mark Bennington writes, "In Mumbai, the Bollywood dream pours down like the monsoon, drenching every starry-eyed actor with hopes of fame and fortune." Down the decades, small-screen actors have successfully transitioned into silver screen...
  • Rohit Shetty: The hit man of Bollywood 02-01-2014 01:44 PM

    When Rohit Shetty steps on the set of any of his movies, he rips off (or, perhaps, more gently removes) his day clothes and slips on his Superman cape. We aren't saying this. He does. Before you peg him as 'typically Bollywood arrogant', listen to why he likens himself to...
  • Debt-fueled growth: Can the west avoid a Japanese future? 23-12-2013 02:23 PM

    Scientists study distant galaxies to gain a better understanding of our own planet. In the same way, Japan's experience provides important insights into current global economic problems. Unfortunately, the lessons from Japan are largely being ignored. As John Kenneth Galbraith wryly observed: "There can be few fields of human endeavour...
  • Narayana Health: Providing world-class treatment to the poor 23-12-2013 01:58 PM

    Award: Good Company Narayana Health Age: 60 Why He Won: For setting up a 6,000-bed multi-specialty hospital chain across India that provides world-class treatment based on a cross-subsidised model. His Trigger: Most Indians cannot afford tertiary and specialty health care. One of the biggest reasons for them falling below the...
  • Rohini and Nandan Nilekani: The conscious givers 23-12-2013 01:09 PM

    Award: Outstanding Philanthropist Rohini and Nandan Nilekani Age: Rohini-54, Nandan-58 Why They Won: For having given nearly Rs 350 crore, especially to ideas which CSR doesn't fund. Rohini has committed to giving Rs 20 crore every year; Nandan has spent five years at UIDAI as part of the 'giving back...
  • The philanthropists who built Mumbai 23-12-2013 12:07 PM

    When the Bandra-Worli Sealink was finally opened to traffic on June 30, 2009, the media went into overdrive suggesting that the bridge over the creek separating north and south Mumbai was a symbol of new possibilities. Inaugurated after tens of thousands of residents witnessed a spectacular laser show and fireworks...
  • Four scions to watch out for 03-12-2013 12:32 PM

    Four scions are taking on new challenges and leaving a mark on their family businesses. They are Joyalukkas Executive Director John Paul Joy, Infosys Executive Assistant to Chairman Rohan Murty, Serum Institute of India Executive Director Adar Poonawalla and Soap Opera N More Founder Rishabh Mariwala. John Paul Joy Executive...
  • Can Micromax become India's leading smartphone maker? 02-12-2013 06:57 PM

    On August 29, 2012, as JK Shin, president of samsung Electronics, unveiled Galaxy Note 2, the second iteration of his company's flagship 'phablet' smartphone series, in Berlin, a guerrilla shipment of 10,000 similar devices was selling big in stores across India. It had been brought in only a week ago....
  • Ravi Pillai: From farmer's son to construction tycoon 28-11-2013 12:25 PM

    Ravi Pillai Chairman and MD, RP Group of Companies Age: 60 Rank in the Rich List: 34 Net Worth: $1.7 billion The Big Challenge Faced in the Last Year: A huge shortage of skilled workforce. To overcome this, is planning to set up technical training institutes in India, Middle East...
  • Sunil Mittal: Riding the high tide in Indian telecom 28-11-2013 12:09 PM

    Sunil Bharti Mittal Chairman and managing director, Bharti Enterprises Age: 55 Rank in the Rich List: 10 Net Worth: $6.6 billion The Big Challenge Faced in the Last Year: Steadying Airtel's operations and maintaining its market leadership in a highly competitive, regulated and, yet, uncertain sector The Way Forward: Focusing...
  • I am no saint, says Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj 22-11-2013 12:20 PM

    Rahul Bajaj Chairman, Bajaj Auto Age 75 Rank in the Rich List - 20 Net Worth - $3 billion Key Learning - Every top business school today teaches family business. The basic principles that come to my mind are love, truth and non-violence. You follow those, then there will be...