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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 12 January 2010
Glenn Saldanha, a serious, highly focused and confident young man, seems extremely certain about his company’s growth path. Five years ago, Glenmark was a small formulations company, the bulk of its revenues coming from India. Today, it is a radically transformed company focused on...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 12 January 2010
There’s plenty to learn from Geet Sethi—a hugely talented, persevering, sensitive, successful and thoughtful person. A lot has changed in India over the past three decades. Shortages of everything have disappeared and jobs are aplenty for those with minimum qualifications. Not only is...

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Joshua Brown, who runs a great blog at www.thereformedbroker.com, has decoded the various categories of mutual funds, after 14 years of observation. Here is his interpretation of what a fund brochure says and what it means. He has asked investors to use this as a guide to evaluate funds.

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 11 January 2010
Jignesh Shah was an employee of the Bombay Stock Exchange. Today he runs one of the 10 largest commodity exchanges in the world. Ten years ago, Jignesh Shah was an employee of the Bombay Stock Exchange. Three years ago, he was running a small software company called Financial...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 07 January 2010
Prof Man Mohan Sharma is one of India’s most decorated teachers and a global figure in the world of chemical engineering. Prof Man Mohan Sharma, who recently turned 70, is one of India’s most decorated teachers and an internationally renowned figure in the world of chemical engineering....

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 07 January 2010
Dr Jagdish N Sheth internationally known for his work on consumer behaviour, relationship marketing, competitive strategy etc. Dr Jagdish N Sheth, 68, is internationally known for his work on consumer behaviour, relationship marketing, competitive strategy and geo-political analysis. Now...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 07 January 2010
In the brief history of the Internet, Ram Shriram occupies a pivotal role. But his entry into the tech world was more a matter of chance. In the brief history of the Internet, Chennai-born Ram Shriram occupies a pivotal role. Yet, he is an MBA and not an engineer; in fact, his entry into...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 07 January 2010
RC Sinha, 70, is among those rare IAS officials who have managed to truly serve public interest, in each of their postings. RC Sinha, 70, is among those rare IAS officials who have managed to truly serve public interest, in each of their postings. If that meant finding daring solutions...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 06 January 2010
Google's new mobile handset Nexus One will not be available for consumers in India. In the US, it is being sold only through the Google Web store for $529 without a service plan Internet search giant Google has launched its much-awaited, and correctly predicted by Moneylife along with...

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Ravi Samalad 06 January 2010
Ravi Samalad tells the story of one man's quest to build a home for the mentally ill, destitute and aged men and women wandering the streets of Madurai N Krishnan, a catering graduate from Kamaraj University, worked at a five-star hotel in Bengaluru. He was even short-listed for a job in...

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Sanket Dhanorkar 31 December 2009
The difference between being rich and acting rich is huge We all think that millionaires must be splurging their money on brands. Well, sample this. More millionaires wear Seiko instead of Rolex, or drive a Toyota instead of a BMW. You wouldn’t believe that three times more millionaires live...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 31 December 2009
Why accidents are rarely accidental and how to prevent them Understanding risk, randomness and uncertainty from every angle is the intellectual stimulation du jour. The high priest of this new genre of study is, of course, Nassim Taleb, whose two books have set a standard of scholarship that...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 31 December 2009
We are enjoying decades of peace. It is easy to forget that in the same terrain we are standing free today, marauding killer mobs of thousands had roamed just a few decades ago, uprooting millions, as countries were heartlessly split. If they could make it to their new country, through...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 30 December 2009
Be it reality shows or reality-based soaps, the small screen in 2009 was all about getting close to people's lives, while fairy-tale sagas became history Be it reality shows or reality-based soaps, the small screen this year was all about getting close to people's lives while fairy-tale sagas...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 30 December 2009
In the ‘Trek Study’, willing backpackers who develop travellers' diarrhoea will be paid to attend a clinic and also injected with a new agent to see how they react Wanted: 1,800 volunteers for free holiday packages to Mexico and Guatemala. All inclusive. Also on the cards: Free vacation in...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee analyses Moneylife’s efforts at going beyond money A little less than four years ago, when Moneylife was stirring into life, we were witnessing a protracted bull run; India had entered a new growth trajectory; employment in information technology (IT), IT-enabled services...

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The heavily-armed Somali pirates roaming the waters in the Horn of Africa have made tens of millions of dollars from ransoms. The deployment by foreign navies in the Indian Ocean and the strategic Gulf of Aden has only driven the attackers to hunt further from the shores. Now the gangs have...

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The current turbulence in the financial environment calls for a different approach to investing in distressed securities and markets. The ongoing restructuring of capital markets presents a multitude of opportunities, says renowned ‘distress investor’ Marty Whitman. Facing the deep gloom and...

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China is poised to play a pivotal role in the future of global markets. This book captures the essence of China’s emergence as a power player in the global financial system, through a compilation of essays by Western and Chinese leaders in banking, capital markets and the insurance industry. The...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 15 December 2009
A critique of the country’s economic policies This slim volume is a collection of eight essays that draw attention to an India that the author feels most Indians—especially the new millionaire beneficiaries of ‘India Shining’—turn away from. These essays were earlier published in journals...

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