• I'm painfully shy, I can't talk: Sushant Singh Rajput February 26, 2014

    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 February 15, 2014

    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 February 15, 2014

    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? January 30, 2014

    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 January 23, 2014

    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? January 23, 2014

    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? January 23, 2014

    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 January 20, 2014

    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? January 20, 2014

    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? January 20, 2014

    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 January 17, 2014

    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 January 17, 2014

    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? January 17, 2014

    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 January 16, 2014

    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 January 16, 2014

    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?...