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Some 400 million kids below the age of 15 are India's most conspicuous
consumers, lapping up not just toys, gadgets, phones and clothes but
also counselling parents on big ticket purchases.
India is a child-obsessed, child-centred culture. Over 70 per cent of
Indian households have a child below 14, and one out of two households
has a child between the age of 5 and 12.
Kids may not understand the need for insurance, but financial services firms sure know how to get a share of their mind.
Too much of television, slothful gaming and junk food are making Jack a dull boy.
Kids in the hinterlands of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are no bumpkins when it comes to spending.
Children are being exposed to digital devices from a very early age.
Advertisers attempt to woo children with their own versions of reality.
The children's segment is a big and serious business for brands of all hues. It would be naive of me to suggest that we in the microfinance sector did not know that a problem was brewing; we were just hoping it would never come and some of us were wondering when it would.
Five Kashmiris the world should know In the political and economic chaos that is Kashmir, BT discovers some entrepreneurs who have found a way to thrive.
A stake in everyman's dreams Now even small and unglamorous businesses have the opportunity to grow, thanks to micro-equity.
Spectrum vortex The controversy over new service licences and allotment of spectrum for
second-generation mobile telephony has claimed the telecom minister's
job. But this is not the end of the scandal.
French Connect President Nicolas Sarkozy's December visit and some political will can see India-France trade double in three years.
Two bullies and an upstart Americans and Chinese point fingers, and India fails to sell its infrastructure funding idea. Puja Mehra reports from Seoul.
Shaken to the roots The private players get a jolt, but that could be good.
The friendly fungus Scientists and some farmers are betting on a fungus to reverse declining soil productivity.
Serious about development Microsoft's India Development Centre was described by some as a body
shop where code jocks did grunt work on small, meaningless projects. No
A legal passage to India As corporations and law firms begin to offshore work to India, the legal outsourcing industry is gearing up for a boom.
Riding the Indian tailwind United Technologies Chairman and CEO Louis Chenevert wants to grow his
India business five times in as many years. He is not crazy. The Lockheed SR-71, also known as the Blackbird, was the fastest manned
aircraft in the world before it was retired by the US Air Force in 1998.
A big market for E-print: John Solomon You can hit print on your smartphone now. Hewlett-Packard demonstrated
this function at its Innovation Summit in Singapore recently.
India is vital for us: William E. Mccracken William E. Mccracken, CEO, CA Technologies, was in India recently.He interacts with BT'S Kushan Mitra.
Death of a mining town Situated 6,215 feet above sea level, Kudremukh seems more like an idyllic retreat than home to India's largest iron ore mine.
5 steps to here The dreaming dreamliners.
Doing business in India India ranked a lowly 134 among 183 countries, according to a study by
the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, which
evaluated countries on the basis of the ease of conducting business.
The top 10 most watched ads in October 2010 Pepsi and Coca-Cola have woken up and, hey, it is not even summer.
On record Land Rover and Jaguar customers are buying JLR cars and not Tata cars. That shouldn't be mixed up.
CEO Watch India's and the world's most talked-about CEOs in November.
Review BlackBerry sports a new look and Hitachi tries something different.
The dollar deluge The second round of quantitative easing by the US could send more money rushing to emerging markets like India.
The imperative of cyber security The government, industry and public must work together and develop a comprehensive cyber security strategy.
Find out the meaning of a new business word: Assmosis What it means: The process of "absorbing success" or becoming successful by sucking up to the boss.
On surer ground but... The current stock market rally seems to be on a much stronger footing
than the one in fiscal 2008, but investors need to be vigilant, argues
Should the Food Security Act cover the entire population? The majority feels that the Food Security Act should cover the entire
population. But such a policy decision would be difficult to implement. Money's burning a hole in our pockets, and kids who know exactly what
they want - and what they want their parents to want - are powering this
shopathon. The Most Powerful Women in Indian Business (BT cover, November 28) is a
unique platform that brings together a bevy of successful women to share
their experiences, hurdles and triumphs in the corporate world. It is a small start but Indian factories are revving to move into higher value manufacturing.
Growing clout Local subsidiaries suddenly get more respect at multinationals as India accounts for a much bigger market.
Mass profit New business models take root - and some flourish - as more and more
companies seek to tap into the demand among the unwealthy millions.
Trickle up The trickle down theory, which hit mainstream economic consciousness in
the 1980s under Ronald Reagan in the United States, was turned on its
head at the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit mid-November. Business Today's seventh Most Powerful Women in Business Awards Nite was a celebration of feminine achievement. Video game consoles are changing the way humans interact with digital devices. Ashu Suyash, MD and Country Head of Fidelity Mutual Fund, tells Babar
Zaidi how the removal of entry loads on mutual funds last year has
affected small investors.
Picking large-cap winners In the concluding part of the series on celebrity investors' strategies, Sameer Bhardwaj tests James O'Shaughnessy's method. Entrepreneurs rush into the microbrewery business as Indians show a preference for fresh beer.
Forgetful at a young age? Learn to manage time and stress better. In his latest book, agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan notes the
challenges that India faces on the farm front and offers solutions. He
tells BT's N. Madhavan that the government's initial successes made it
complacent and India again faces a crisis. Edited excerpts: The story about a boy who neither spoke nor understood a word of English
as a first-year student of engineering but went on to become one of
India's leading industrialists has been told several times. The MD of 3M India Ajay Nanavati talks about what works for him. Realising 'right-fit' leaders are critical to sustaining growth,
companies scurry to build a robust leadership pipeline - and some of
them are succeeding. Tie up a visit to Cambodia's historical Angkor Vat temple with a
luxurious stay at a picture-perfect resort set amid a tropical
rainforest, located on the Thai island of Koh Kood.
Track and weild Check the desirability quotient of various products.
Social mores London's landmark Savoy Hotel reopens after a refit that took almost two years and cost 220-million.
Books that shaped my life Arindam Bose, Co-founder, Timtara.Com, talks about the books that have made him what he is today.
Roll a model The pains and pitfalls of dating a model far outweigh the pleasures. We tell you why.
Manual-Be a preying mantis Get started on a Chinese martial art that gives you lightning moves and mind.
Keep pace Fast cars, bikes and boats. Racing tidbits from around the world.
On the drive train Honda is back with a VFR superbike that's a brilliant mix of a tourer
and a superbike and is as much at home on the race track as on Race
Grin and beer it Everything you need to know about matching food with lager, ale, stout and other beers.
Sex goes low key Sex sells, especially in art, where titillation, testosterone and temptation-stocked galleries and stands entice both aficionados and investors, and fuel sales.
Passing the bar exam Sandeep Arora heads south and checks out the bars in Bangalore and Chennai. Here's his pick of the best watering holes for discerning tipplers.
Sipping news Here's something for the cosmopolitan globetrotter, specially crafted by one of the coolest designers around.
Style mile turns into eat street Mix a stellar view of the Qutub Minar with jazz tracks in the
background, add a large pinch of greenery and aesthetic interiors, and
whip together with contemporary Asian cuisine. You've just arrived at
At the end There are different kinds of love, but they all have the same aim. Possession.
Grapes of Galilee Boosted equally by history and myth and its late start notwithstanding, the new 'New World' wine country set in one of the oldest wine-producing regions on earth is determined to wet as many throats as possible. An evening spent imbibing knowledge and the produce of Champagne becomes an occasion to remember. Boys will love their toys. And in this age of plenty, the choices are
endless, with something for everyone. Some of India's top executives
tell us about their signature accessories.
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