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The Idea of Mukesh Ambani

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The Indian story through its richest businessman

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Under the Chequered Flag

The Red Square is bleeding smaller squares of red and white. Under the onion-shaped domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, a man in a Croatia jersey is on his knees and weeping into his flag.  A few metres…

It’s that time of the season when…

…premonition casts a darker shadow over the op-ed pages where a wilful suspension of dissent prevailed for long, as if to speak up was to commit blasphemy, to give oneself to the internet lynch mob,…

The Idea of Mukesh Ambani

Upward Mobility Talk that Mukesh Ambani would build a magnificent new house began drifting through Mumbai in the early years of the new millennium, not long after his father died. The business…

Imploding City

THOSE WHO HAVE stayed in Mumbai long enough know that there have always been torrential days when the city came to a standstill. It is after all a bunch of islands artificially cobbled together and…

Michael Ondaatje: A Traveller Without Maps

THE ENGLISH PATIENT by Michael Ondaatje recently won the Golden Man Booker Prize, which celebrates five decades of the finest fiction. Written in 1992, The English Patient secured more public votes…

The Ailing Pakistan

TROUBLE AND PAKISTAN are like Siamese twins, never far from each other. This time, it is the country’s parlous economic condition. Few in India have noticed that since December, the Pakistani rupee…

The Elephant in the Room

ACCORDING TO THE website of the Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department, there are 702 captive elephants belonging to private owners and temple committees across all districts in the state. It also…

Open Diary

WHEN BRAZIL AND Argentina were eliminated from the final rounds of the World Cup, there were reports of mass despair in Kolkata, a city that has a justifiable reputation for being football crazy. The…

Blowing in the Wind

IT ALL BEGAN WITH Harley Davidson motorbikes. One day in February this year, US President Donald Trump railed against a 100 per cent tariff levied by India on the iconic product. Within no time,…

An Emerging Market at Stake

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES DON’T always knock. The odd one barrels right in. And if its timing is good, like a perfect penalty shot, it can shake the scene up like nothing else. Little in sports lends…