Let's make it flatter
Our two-year-old Akai 21-inch TV stopped dead in the middle of a fine afternoon, without any warning. What followed is a lesson in how shop-owners, so keen to push a product at you when selling, turn blind and deaf when it comes to repairs. Our vendor re
gistered the complaint, and then told us that it might be better if we spoke directly to the people at Akai. That was a Wednesday. No response on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Daily follow-ups with the complaint centre yielded no results. Just when we'd
given up hope, on Sunday, a mechanic showed up, fixed an offending loose connection, and restored our set to life, just in time for us to catch the Musharraf-Vajpayee talks breaking down.
Cheap, but not quite right
Vanaspati is used as a substitute for ghee in most households as it costs less. The Consumer Education Research Centre (CERC), Ahmedabad, has recently concluded its comparative testing of eight brands of vanaspati. Before I go into the details of their r
esults, let me briefly narrate the manner in which vanaspati used to be marketed when it was introduced.
The article, Turning Positive (June 18) by Porus Munshi, made excellent reading. In fact, it has helped me a great deal in taking decisions for my business. I look forward to such interesting articles that could help me develop myself as a person.
A toast for tea
`` Gosh, look at how much tea you people drink!'' That's the common refrain from the purists who stick to the so-called `robust' alternatives such as milk, fruit juices and good old lassi.
Creaming off competition
MBA. That perceived passport to successdom, with an unswerving demand for over two decades.
Moving towards the top slot
Business schools are certain that they can give IIMs a run for their niche status.
A greeting card says it best. And, there's one for every occasion. Some would have you believe that it spans the gamut of human emotion as well. Standing testimony to its endearing place in modern India are the thronging crowds at retail outlets across t
he country. Not to mention, booming sales of cards on festive occasions. Natural, perhaps in a land like India, where celebration is a way of life with festivals of every shade and hue. Beyond that, greetings cards have spawned an entire new set of occas
ions to celebrate -- Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, Friendship Day, and most notably, Valentine's Day.
Play Mars, not Ares
In my work as a consultant, I sometimes hear someone being described admiringly as aggressive. Aggression is often a sought-after quality in business. But I also hear someone else being shrugged off and dismissed as being too aggressive. What's going on
here? When is aggression a compliment and when is it a censure? What kind of aggression can get you promoted and what kind can get you sidelined? To find out, let's turn to mythology.
Nandini Vaidyanathan has ambitious plans for UTV Toons. As Chief Operating Officer of this division of UTV Software Communications Ltd., she has 450 people working with her, and by the end of the year she expects it to go up to 1,200. ``My boss is having
a fit,'' she grins, ``but there is a burst of orders and we will have to ramp up.'' The recruitment blitz that UTV Toons is planning doesn't scare her at all. ``In my earlier company, I had 37,000 people under me, and 1,200 people was just one division,
'' she smiles.
Travel & Places
At home with wildlife
Sinking gradually like a huge orange ball, the sun turns the Bush golden in colour, then changes its shades literally by the minute. Then, slowly, almost reluctantly, darkness sets in. With the fading sunlight, the jungle comes alive, for this is when th
e predators hunt, the big cats stalking their prey and the scavengers skulking up to fresh kills.
Holidaying with kings
Are you one of those fascinated by tales of heroic warriors, illustrious queens, of royal courts, of pomp and pageantry? Then a trip to Marwar-Jodhpur and listening to the tales of 82-year-old Shobha Kanwar or Baiji as she is popularly known as, promise
s you the experience of a lifetime.