The cricket store that’s a shrine to the game

When I was a schoolboy, Dhobi Talao in South Mumbai seemed like Ali Baba’s cave. I would gaze longingly at the cricket bats in the shop windows of the city’s sports goods hub, drawn there by my love for the game and the ache brought on by my lack of talent. The world seemed to … Continue reading The cricket store that’s a shrine to the game

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Media and big business: Happily ever after or nasty break-up in the offing?

As night crept across the winter sky a few weeks ago, the discussion on the Express Tower lawns warmed up. Steve Coll – two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, book author and dean of Columbia Journalism School – was the picture of pragmatism as he spoke about challenges journalists face in this age and what the future … Continue reading Media and big business: Happily ever after or nasty break-up in the offing?

Why the rural Indian market matters

When it comes to rural markets in India, size, potential and geographical expanse have been discussed ad nauseum. But what about their ‘qualitative’ aspect? Are consumers moving up the value chain? Is their aspiration set evolving? And why? According to the third edition of Accenture Research’s ‘Masters of Rural Markets: From Touchpoints to Trustpoints – … Continue reading Why the rural Indian market matters

Let’s Talk About Sex–And The Differently-Abled–Baby

Shonali Bose's tour de force, Margarita With A Straw, should be an interesting starting point for a debate on the sexual rights of the differently-abled. Interesting because the protagonist--played by Kalki Koechlin--shakes off social barriers by actually doing something about her desires. Not every person with disabilities is able to break through; social pressure to be asexual generally … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex–And The Differently-Abled–Baby

India needs to pull off a ‘class’ act for its girls

Education levels offer one of the starkest examples of gender discrimination in India - effective literacy rates (age 7 and above) in 2011 were 82.14% for men and 65.46% for women. Women’s empowerment cannot be achieved without commitment to the education of the girl child. UNICEF points out that even basic education can empower greatly, … Continue reading India needs to pull off a ‘class’ act for its girls

Want growth? Focus on women, Mr FM

Every year as Budget season creeps in, familiar discussions on the fiscal deficit, taxes and reforms begin, reach a crescendo as the government tables the Finance Bill and then fade away. It wasn't different this year. And, like every year, the most critical priority area that needs structural reform -- the economic empowerment of women--was … Continue reading Want growth? Focus on women, Mr FM