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    Complexities of Governance in a Democracy

    Democracy is a work in progress and needs careful monitoring, managing, nurturing and protecting, writes entrepreneur and policy maker Sam Pitroda in his latest book The Idea of Democracy. He examines its workings globally and in India, observing distraction, distortion and derailment in democracy over the past few years

    May 01, 2024
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    In the Right Ensemble

    Manish Kapoor, MD and CEO of clothing brand Pepe Jeans India, finds happiness in spending time with his family and bonding with them over leisure trips, Formula One races, cricket matches and cooking 

    Chitra Nair - May 01, 2024
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    Amit Jain, Global CEO, Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy

    Reading rejuvenates the mind and body, feels Amit Jan, an avid reader himself

    March 28, 2024
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    The Joy of Adjusting a Little

    Partha DeSarkar, executive director and CEO of Hinduja Global Solutions, not only advocates making small adjustments but also taking oneself less seriously to remain happy

    Chitra Nair - March 28, 2024
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    A Nation Stuck Between Missing Jobs and Growth Ambitions

    India grapples with a job crisis fuelled by factors including high youth unemployment, educational and skill imbalance and low female participation, among others. In their book, The Elephant Moves: India’s New Place in the World, Amitabh Kant and Amit Kapoor explore India’s economic evolution through the lens of competitiveness, stressing the need for, and challenges to, policy changes in its run to becoming a developed economy by 2047

    March 01, 2024
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    Getting Her Priorities Right

    Smita Jatia, vice chairperson of Westlife Foodworld, has donned many a hat—she is a wife, mother, grandmother, businesswoman, mentor and philosopher. While she feels there is no work-life balance for women, she believes it is important to set priorities and say no when necessary

    Chitra Nair - March 01, 2024
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    Taking Off On The Right Foot

    Hailing from Amarkantak, a town nestled amid mountains in Madhya Pradesh, love for activities like mountain climbing, paragliding and bouldering came naturally to Abhimanyu Saxena, co-founder of edtech start-up Scaler

    Chitra Nair - February 01, 2024
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    Vijai Kishan Radhakrishnan

    Head, Fidelity Wealth, India and Regional Chair, Fidelity Investments India

    February 01, 2024
  • cest la vie / Hardbound

    Wipro's No to Narayana Murthy: A Rejection That Changed Indian IT Sector’s Face

    Before he set up what was to become one of Indian IT sector’s biggest success stories, Narayana Murthy was rejected by Wipro chairman Azim Premji. The Infosys chairman later found out that Premji considered this one of his gravest errors of judgement. In her latest book An Uncommon Love Story, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores little known facets of Murthy’s life and the influential role his wife Sudha played in it

    February 01, 2024
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    Sanjeev Barnwal, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Meesho

    Sanjeev Barnwal loves beaches. They offer the perfect backdrop for a serene vacation, he feels

    January 01, 2024
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    When a Global Cola Giant Got a Lesson in Humour

    The campaign for non-alcoholic beverage Pepsi is a major highlight of ad film director Prahlad Kakar’s extensive portfolio. However, while things took off to a great start, they did not quite end well. In his memoir, Kakar gets candid about his relation with the brand, from having an exciting collaboration that was instrumental in the brand’s rise in India to eventually parting ways over difference of creative opinions 

    January 01, 2024
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    Opening Happiness With a Chill Pill

    Juan Pablo Rodriguez, the chief executive officer of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, aims to do his best each day and believes in enjoying the present to the fullest without worrying excessively about the future

    Chitra Nair - January 01, 2024