Retail in India & FDI

Over the past fortnight, the big news has been allowing FDI in retail trade in India. While Government has been surprisingly steady-fast in it’s decision of allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, opposition & the trade itself seems to be against it. Each side has it’s own reasons to support & oppose the decision. In ...

A week into the Bus Fare Hike in Tamil Nadu

It has been a week since the Bus Fares were hiked in Tamil Nadu. The hike has been substantial – 40-60% across all categories of buses. The worst part has been that short distance fare have short up by almost 100% as MTC (Chennai’s Bus operator) has increased the no. of stages… Earlier where you ...

Happy Deepavali from RBI – Deregulation of SB Interest Rates

RBI has deregulated the Savings Bank Interest Rates (read here). I see this announcement as a Deepavali gift to the larger depositor base. While the focus of the media & public has been on the rate hike which will impact the borrowers, deregulation of SB A/c interest rates will benefit a much larger population. Now ...

Subdued Deepavali – Is Price Rise the only reason?

The Article Headline screamed out – “Shopping hubs expect subdued Deepavali”. The article in THE HINDU Newspaper on 17/OCT/2011 (read here) talks about the shopkeepers expecting reduced spend this Deepavali. The reasons spelled out are Price Rise and wider range of shopping options. I was surprised that the article did not talk about another important ...

Dennis Ritchie – An obituary

First time I heard the name Dennis Ritchie was in my 2nd year in Engineering when we had the computer lab on C programming. When I started to learn and understand the power & usability of C, i was amazed what it could do. Dennis Richie had created a marvel way back in 1970s that ...

Chennai Metro – Hyped up Dream?

Everybody is looking forward to the Metro in Chennai. Everybody says it is THE SOLUTION to the traffic problem. However from what it looks currently I see the Metro being more of destructive and possibly will not live up to the Hype it has created. First the destructive part – Metro has caused many trees ...

Comparison between India & West

Why are we so obsessed with the West and its statistics? Why do we need to have all things like they have in West? We need to have the same income, same ratio of vehicles per 1000 population, same no. of supermarkets per 1000 population… everything is compared with the what is present in West. ...

Are we really against corruption?

Are we, the people of India, really against corruption and want eradicate it? Looking at the way sections of public has reacted to the current anti-corruption movement, it can be said that most groups are not really against corruption – because they seem to have benefited from corruption a lot.  Look how people are raising ...

Is Anna Hazare Wrong?

Over the past week I have been reading many articles in the papers about various sections of the public – eminent personalities, so-called representatives of suppressed classes shouting out that Anna Hazare is wrong to force Jan Lok Pal on various counts. Every individual who has commented has looked at it from his/her own perspective, ...

Some logical thinking on Diesel Cars, however hopes vanish…

When I started writing, I was excited that finally there was a possibility that the Govt. was thinking logically and will try to bring in a way to ensure that the subsidy given for Diesel is not misused by the passenger car segment. However by the time I am finishing this post the honourable FM ...