• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cash to cashless…RuPay shows the way
    by R. Venkataraman January 16, 2013 11:52 IST

    …And this is also the Indian Government’s answer to the high charges associated with transactions through Master, Visa and Amex when it comes to electronic payments.

  • Singapore…Third world to First world
    by R. Venkataraman June 15, 2012 18:00 IST

    There is a lesson most of the ‘activists’ in Mumbai should learn. Just because women go out for some night life doesn’t mean that their character should be suspect

  • Brand Power: the French Connection
    by R. Venkataraman October 11, 2010 08:20 IST

    I have always heard that France is a very fashion conscious society. Seeing is believing and during my recent trip to France, I noticed that unlike India, the brands are not restricted to the upper society. People in France, across different sections of society, are extremely well-dressed and more so very brand conscious.

  • Brand New Zeal, Good old Land
    by Amar Ambani February 02, 2011 13:28 IST

    My New Zealand diary:
    My trip to New Zealand should go down as one of the most unforgettable holidays I have ever experienced. Ever since I got back, I often wonder what makes the land so special.

  • VISA power - Go vet it!
    by Amar Ambani August 17, 2010 15:12 IST

    Certain sections of the non-immigrant US Visa application have the capability to provide comic relief, only if viewed in lighter vein. If taken on a serious note, they may well be an important requirement by US officials to assist during possible legal proceedings. Yet a question arises whether some of the application questions can be rephrased better.

  • Big cats, Bigger chase
    by Amar Ambani March 21, 2011 09:59 IST

    My Ranthambore tiger safari.

  • Travel & Tourism: Emerging to Lead
    by Amar Ambani November 09, 2009 14:11 IST

    Despite the adverse impact of the economic downturn, the global tourism industry has shown prominent signs of sustenance over the years. In my opinion, the next decade is all set to usher in a new pattern on the tourism landscape. The developed countries, the primary drivers of growth will pass the baton to the emerging countries.

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