LIFESTYLE & LEISURE


IANS 25 November 2020
Slowly but surely, India and Indianness are foraying the world of showbiz in the West, and much of it has to do with the countrys growing presence in the OTT space. The success of Delhi Crime at the International Emmys is, as Shefali Shah rightly said, a cherry on the sundae, but Indian...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 24 November 2020
It was a heady time in the mid-1960s – when I was employed with a young multinational, starting out at a very low turnover base – and only a handful of managers to use their ingenuity, work hard and show results. The average age of the executive staff may have been 27 with a combination of...

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AHANA BHATTACHARYA (IANS) 20 November 2020
Cinema halls and multiplexes have reopened after eight months but business is slow due to a number of factors like lack of new Hindi film releases and fear among the people regarding sitting in an enclosed areas with others amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the low paying...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 10 November 2020
I was looking back at a foreign company that had started in India in the 1960s. It had a few well-known brands, but had only a notional presence in India. It was keen to come into the country in a big way. It was careful to select an outstanding executive to be their first chief executive...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 03 November 2020
Many years ago, I was presented with a signed and autographed copy of SCAM 1992, and it was read from end to end by many at our office, also because our little infotech company was moving into the financial business domain. The fraud prevention part. Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu's book ...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 03 November 2020
When we now watch television, or read the papers and see the photographs, we can only have pity for the victims of our 'mad media crowds.' So many of them, armed with high-tech cameras, crowding around Rhea Chakraborrty, trying to get a snap shot – a better one than other photographers in the...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 24 October 2020
What happens when a will, registered or otherwise, an intestate demise (where there is no will), or a combination of factors causes a family to come apart over differences in the resolution of a person’s estate because mutual cooperation becomes impossible? Even when the legatees,...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 22 October 2020
Keith Roy, who was an ICS officer with the government of India, quit the service in 1947 and joined the private sector, as personnel director of Glaxo India – the largest pharma company in the country at that time. An impressive personality he was – tall, fair and handsome, the product of a...

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In a delight for music lovers, Google has announced a new capability where you can hum, whistle or sing a melody to find out the song that has been stuck in your head -- no lyrics, artist name or perfect pitch required.   On your mobile device, open the latest version of the Google...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 14 October 2020
Some years after training as management trainee, I was appointed a sales executive at the head office, Glaxo, Bombay. I had enjoyed my time as a salesman for nearly two years, in areas as far flung as Belgaum/Bijapur, Saugar and Bhatinda. In Bijapur, among other things, I had learnt to live...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 07 October 2020
A new column by marketing whiz Walter Vieira   Just at the beginning of the 'Corvid era,' Moneylife reported that the brihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) was going to buy a large quantity of face masks at a price over 10 times the market price for the same masks. And this was...

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On the 151st anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Friday, OTT platforms have laid out a spread of binge-worthy options based on the Father of the Nation.   IANS lists a few lesser-known films on Gandhi, whose teachings, practice of non-violence, and significant contribution towards...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 22 September 2020
A new column by marketing whiz Walter Vieira   There was an article written recently by Jayanta Roy, in Speaking Tree, a supplement of the Times of India, Mumbai. This article really made me think back to my 50-year career in the corporate world, where I have seen that adherence to...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 15 September 2020
A new fortnightly column by marketing whiz Walter Vieira   My second interview in the 1960s was with Glaxo Laboratories. At that time, it was the largest pharmaceuticals company in India. They were selecting management trainees. Some 40 selected colleges in India were asked to send...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 08 September 2020
A new fortnightly column by marketing whiz Walter Vieira   It was Peter Drucker who set the example. By writing an interesting and immensely readable book, titled “My Times, Others’ Lives”. So, when Debashis Basu, the editor of MoneyLife and I were swapping stories one evening, he...

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This year, many Bollywood actors including Sonakshi Sinha, Saqib Saleem and Sayani Gupta, have logged out of social media. Most of them state that social media platforms, which started as channels to connect stars with fans, have now become breeding places of negativity and...

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Sukant Deepak (IANS) 18 August 2020
It was a long journey for the six-year-old who, on his way to school stopped the moment Begum Akhtar's ghazal 'Deewana banana hai to deewana bana de' wafted from a small shop. They say everything changed for that little boy in that pause. The one who the world would later know as Pandit...

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PUJA GUPTA (IANS) 03 August 2020
Though India has entered Unlock 3.0, the pause in the fitness industry is likely to last longer. The new normal is here to stay as gyms will not be re-opening to the world as they used to be.   It has become important for the fitness industry to be very careful, maintain proper...

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Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam 01 August 2020
In an otherwise non-controversial career, the row over the payment of royalty is what irked the even-tempered Mohammed Rafi. In the early 60s, Lata Mangeshkar demanded a half-share from the 5% royalty that a film’s producer obtained from the music company. But Rafi did not support her in this...

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Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam Bhagyalakshmi Seshachalam 31 July 2020
31st July happens to be the 40th death anniversary of Mohammed Rafi. Here is a look at some of the things not many people may know about the legendary singer, in a three-part series. This is second part of the series.   Did you know that when Rafi was recording “Babul Ki Duayein Leti...

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