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  • Liquid Oxygen - that’s the state of the market
    by R. Venkataraman July 09, 2010 11:51 IST

    The market seems to resemble a rocking horse, which is moving but making no progress. In fact the state of the stock markets can be best described in the words of yesteryear’s Bollywood villain Ajit, known for his one-liners.

  • Oil’s well, what about water?
    by R. Venkataraman July 02, 2010 17:16 IST

    The recent announcements of the Government, followed by the subsequent rally in oil stocks fills my heart with great joy. Years ago, I started my career as an oil and gas sector analyst. In mid 90s, it was mandatory for every oil & gas analyst to write one chapter on benefits of deregulation. Every analyst had put a BUY on all the PSU refining and marketing companies.

  • The Municipal Principle
    by Amar Ambani July 02, 2010 11:17 IST

    A recent trip to a Mumbai metropolitan Municipal office has fuelled my losing faith in this enigmatic creature, one that has assumed several characteristics but hardly any character over the years. The chaos and mayhem of these places is as rampant as it were before our economic liberalization. This article is a sad summary describing the state of affairs..

  • Kicking around
    by R. Venkataraman June 29, 2010 16:55 IST

    The football World Cup fever has just caught up with me. For the first time, over this weekend, I managed to see three matches fully; sacrifices made by parents when children are cartoon network addicts is perhaps a common story in most homes.

  • Long term investors can invest now in Indian equities
    by Nirmal Jain June 23, 2010 10:04 IST

    I do not see a negative impact of the current European crisis unless the crisis spreads to the bigger European countries like UK, Germany etc. However, with the euro weakening significantly (it’s down ~15% against the rupee since the start of FY10), imports from EU into India (primarily capital goods and transport equipment) will likely increase.

  • Recession? Where? What?
    by R. Venkataraman June 18, 2010 16:14 IST

    World over, all economists are enjoying themselves by generating new acronyms like PIIGS, etc. The PIIGS are supposed to be on the verge of getting slaughtered, economically speaking. That was the agenda with which we started walking on the streets of Rome to get a first-hand feel of what is happening at the ground.

  • Service is the key…customers will fly back!
    by R. Venkataraman June 11, 2010 18:52 IST

    I have seen so many blogs appearing on the poor service by low cost airlines and I thought I will share an experience which is very different.

  • Rain Maker - Weather or Whether?
    by Amar Ambani June 10, 2010 12:23 IST

    For a nation with a monsoon economy accounting for a quarter of the GDP in supporting 60% of the population, monsoon prediction is nothing short of an annual media event. Indian monsoons remain an enigma and with every rise in temperatures will come more variability in the monsoon, leading to precipitation imbalances. Monsoon will eventually bring less rain, over fewer parts of the country, in short but intense bursts. A decrease in groundwater aquifers seems imminent. It’s high time we proactively brain storm and plan for the future…

  • Thailand – food, shopping and massage!
    by R. Venkataraman June 04, 2010 17:48 IST

    Was expecting gun totting guards at Bangkok airport and saw hordes of eager tourists instead! Thailand, against popular perception is actually a great family destination.

  • Telecom travails: Disinvestment delayed is justice denied !
    by R. Venkataraman June 01, 2010 19:21 IST

    In any sector or any business, where policies allow competition, then either it must empower management to act decisively or sell out as fast as possible

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