Archives for April 2011

Family time taking a huge beating in India

With nuclear families increasing, single income parent decreasing in India you wonder how exactly people spend time. I read an interesting article in Economic Times (April 24, 2011) about this topic, it is about a survey done by Technopak Advisors covering 1500 respondents from SEC A & B households in top 10 Indian cities. For a country which has a population of 1.2 billion, 1,500 may not be an accurate reflection of our lifestyle but I guess it is a good start.

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Internet and Digital Media Freedom: Where does India stand?

Internet has become a very important part of democracy across the world. We have seen social media put to peaceful use in Egypt and very recently in India for its fight against corruption. Many countries have put a leash on internet to suppress the democratic rights of their citizens. At the same time we must recognize how bad elements misuse the internet to bring harm to the society & nation. But who decides if a particular country provides sufficient ‘Internet Freedom’?

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Not just politicians, now offline & online stores after non-metros, villages of India

Our politicians often claim “I am a poor farmer”, other than owning farm lands not sure how many of them have ever done real farming.

Indian retail industry is about $43,500 crore, will grow to $84,000 crore by 2015 (Pitch Magazine, March 2011 issue). Offline retail stores like Marks & Spencer, which has an ‘unaffordable tag’, has been struggling to make its presence felt in India. Marks & Spencer is now planning on expanding to non-metros, Tier-2 towns. The ambiance of the stores in the small towns will be the same as their stores in metros.

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Only 2% of radio stations are dedicated to news

As kids we grew up listening to just one radio station – All India Radio. The tone of every news bulletin, every jockey was the same – monotonous. It wasn’t even clear if the news item was good news or bad news.

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Do you have the qualities of a good CEO?

An interesting extract of the book “The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons From CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed,” in NY Times talks about the 5 important qualities of a good CEO, Read more on Do you have the qualities of a good CEO?…