When EM Forster wrote A Passage To India, the Indo-British relationship was one of the ruler and the ruled, of imbalances in power. Things are different now in 2010. Britain lags behind and grapples with an economic crisis of monstrous proportions, while India's economic growth gallops along at 8.5%. Naturally, all eyes are on David … Continue reading A Passage To India (2010 ed) and the other R-word
Link: You can vote for this review now appearing on Amazon-US here, or on Amazon-UK here. Mother Pious Lady: Making Sense of Everyday India* is an amusing yet thought-provoking, insightful yet confounding, and relentlessly introspective, with hints of self-flagellation, book. The title is a nod to the specialised language used in the very specialised Indian area … Continue reading Mother Pious Lady
Link: You can vote on my Amazon review of the book here. Thanks. The author has linked to this review on his blog. Offence : The Hindu Case is one in the series, Manifestos for the 21st Century Series, published in collaboration with the Index on Censorship. Some of the other books in the series … Continue reading Offence: The Hindu Case
Perhaps the most tragic thing about the Satyam saga is the name of the company. Satyam means 'the truth' and the company's fortunes have fallen on the sword of anything-but-the-truth. India's first IT company to list on the NASDAQ and also trading on several Indian stock exchanges is being described as India's Enron. The Satyam … Continue reading Satyam, corporate governance and emerging markets
In recent discussions with a business prospect about their India entry, the issue of language came up. In particular, the prospect wanted to know if they will need to adapt their product in several Indian languages, and whether a British or an American accent will be preferable in their automated self-service system. Brief and interesting … Continue reading Language: a challenge in becoming a global business
This post emerged from a question asked by a friend on LinkedIn. The question was: Are (sic) Healthcare services outsourcing from India the next big opportunity? Health-insurance companies based out of the US are giving the option to customers, to get their surgeries / medical procedures done from Indian hospitals. Is it now time to … Continue reading Healthcare Services Outsourcing to India?
The recent events in Mumbai have affected many of us around the world directly or indirectly, irrespective of our nationality or connections with India. To remember the dead and the injured, some of us in London are organising a quiet, non-political, non-religious time for us to stop and reflect for a while, as follows: Date: Friday, December the 5th … Continue reading Mumbai Remembrance, London, Friday Dec 5th
My investor and business clients are increasingly interested in investing in India. While many of the conversations are about the less glamorous sectors, the chatter about social media is unavoidable. A quick Google search on the 'social media opportunity in India' brings up over 0.5 million articles, in English alone. This suggests a considerable degree … Continue reading The social media opportunity in India (1)
Nikhil Pahwa, formerly editor of ContentSutra (or more like the one-man-army who ran CS in India) and a good friend of mine, has launched MediaNama today. He writes about the digital media business in India including new businesses, M&A, VC activity and other business related news. His launch story deserves more than just a mention … Continue reading Technology news from India?
I learnt this morning, via Paul Kedrosky, of Om Malik having suffered a heart attack. Om is 43, and a leading Silicon Valley technology journalist, commentator and writer, whose influential commentary is widely read. It sounds dreadful and sobering that a 43 year old should have a heart attack. Om is also of Indian origin. … Continue reading Do Wii agree?