Sundeep Khanna

Senior Journalist

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Diego Maradona's legacy will forever be tinged with regret

BUSINESS

Diego Maradona's legacy will forever be tinged with regret

The reality of Diego Maradona's fall from grace can't be ignored amidst the clamour of obituaries praising his myriad skills

Kellogg's upma offers the true flavour of glocalisation

BUSINESS

Kellogg's upma offers the true flavour of glocalisation

After selling cornflakes to Indians for breakfast, Kellogg India is adding upma to its menu

Amidst the pandemic pets are our friends with all benefits

TRENDS

Amidst the pandemic pets are our friends with all benefits

A recent survey by the University of York and the University of Lincoln stated that sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown.

Why can’t India’s start-up ecosystem produce a BioNtech or a Moderna?

BUSINESS

Why can’t India’s start-up ecosystem produce a BioNtech or a Moderna?

The funding pattern in India's start-up ecosystem has been largely imitative and driven by quick returns. There has been little scope for impact investing which aims at the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits

Will COVID-19 upend our notions of soft power?

WORLD

Will COVID-19 upend our notions of soft power?

India’s rich and powerful have in the past always rushed to the US for treatment of serious diseases. Now they will think twice.

Can the cloud trigger the next boom for Indian IT firms?

BUSINESS

Can the cloud trigger the next boom for Indian IT firms?

For all its promise, the cloud business presents several challenges as well. The big one is the potential shrinking of the annuity that Indian IT majors have been used to in the past

Ending the tyranny of online packaging

BUSINESS

Ending the tyranny of online packaging

One of the major complaints customers have against online retailers is the kind of packaging they use.

Indian healthcare needs innovative solutions not just consolidation

BUSINESS

Indian healthcare needs innovative solutions not just consolidation

A wave of mergers and acquisitions has not led to creation of fresh capacity in healthcare infrastructure

As firms take over supplemental education, the private tutor is history

TRENDS

As firms take over supplemental education, the private tutor is history

The global private tuition market is projected to reach $279.3 billion by 2027.

Tata Motors and the active inertia of corporate leaders

AUTOMOBILE

Tata Motors and the active inertia of corporate leaders

A third successive quarterly loss for Tata Motors should have firmed the company's resolve to get rid of the passenger vehicles business that has soaked up cash with meagre returns.

Can cinemas in India make a comeback after the pandemic?

BUSINESS

Can cinemas in India make a comeback after the pandemic?

Every time cinema has looked to be in danger of extinction, it has got a new lease of life, thanks to structural innovations in the ways halls are constructed or in the kind of movies that are made

The importance of being Azim Premji

BUSINESS

The importance of being Azim Premji

For a man with no tech background, unlike all his rivals such as NR Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani, Shiv Nadar and S Ramadorai, all of whom were trained engineers, Azim Premji stayed on top of developments in the rapidly-changing IT industry thanks to an acute sense of curiosity

What Xerxes Desai would have made of Tanishq’s ekatvam advertisement

BUSINESS

What Xerxes Desai would have made of Tanishq’s ekatvam advertisement

The ekatvam advertisement for Tanishq jewellery, which is now in the eye of the storm, carries forward one of the features that formed the outline for Titan’s advertising in the 1990s — that of capturing the moment of gifting with the attendant emotion of being gifted something so special

IBM's belated search for focus is a warning to Indian conglomerates

BUSINESS

IBM's belated search for focus is a warning to Indian conglomerates

Conglomerates thrive on using their cash cows to fund new growth areas but every strategy has its limits

Back to office will mean re-engineering lunch

BUSINESS

Back to office will mean re-engineering lunch

Milling around the counters of the office cafe while lazily exploring the menu is not happening any time soon.

Edtech startups may be booming, but education in India isn’t

TRENDS

Edtech startups may be booming, but education in India isn’t

The boom in Edtech startups gives an impression that education is getting the priority it deserves, but the ground reality tells a different story

Air travel woes: A time to reminisce about the lost romance of sea voyages

TRENDS

Air travel woes: A time to reminisce about the lost romance of sea voyages

As COVID-19 continues to keep international flyers from taking to the skies, it is a good time to reminisce about the world of international travel before jets compressed time and made distance immaterial.

Self-reliant economies need MNCs as much as local champions

BUSINESS

Self-reliant economies need MNCs as much as local champions

A truly self-reliant economy is one in which home-grown companies compete with the best in the world and come out on top

Sports and entertainment are holding back the surge of deglobalisation

BUSINESS

Sports and entertainment are holding back the surge of deglobalisation

The notion of a flat world in which goods and services move seamlessly faces daily assaults from potentially destructive conflicts. In the face of such gloom, it is heartening to see that sports and entertainment remains steadfastly global, and may even have extended their reach during this pandemic

Tata Sons must have a clear objective for buying out Mistry’s stake

BUSINESS

Tata Sons must have a clear objective for buying out Mistry’s stake

One good reason for Tata Sons to buy out the Mistry group stake could be to complete the process of institutional professionalization at the top of the group, a process that unfortunately suffered a setback in 2011 when Ratan Tata took the decision, through the committee appointed to do so, to bring in Mistry as his successor

All is not well in India’s IT ecosystem notwithstanding stock market euphoria

BUSINESS

All is not well in India’s IT ecosystem notwithstanding stock market euphoria

We live today in an era where a startup or at least an idea is being conceived every moment. The frightening velocity of technological change means the danger to existing players is manifold

Paytm versus Google is really about the frightening power of platforms

BUSINESS

Paytm versus Google is really about the frightening power of platforms

Paytm’s canny leader Vijay Shekhar Sharma turned the issue into one of Indian nationalism, but the fact is home-grown platforms will soon become equally powerful and exercise the same authority over companies like his

Oracle’s TikTok deal doesn’t offer a template for India

BUSINESS

Oracle’s TikTok deal doesn’t offer a template for India

A home-grown resolution keeping in view the various sensitivities involved would be an ideal solution

The near-death of online retail 20 years ago

BUSINESS

The near-death of online retail 20 years ago

From the ashes of the collapse in the late 1990s emerged today’s vast e-commerce retail market which stood at $30 billion in 2019.

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