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  • Dubbed as a takeover tycoon, the Mahindra and Mahindra vice-chairman and MD has not confined to acquisitions alone. Anand Mahindra's 360-degree view of life had management thinker C.K. Prahalad define his sprawl of businesses 'Fortress Mahindra' - an empire that spans not just a hundred countries but has valuable links in multiple industries.
BT More A look at country's finest sports spots

A look at country's finest sports spots

Cheer on a game of beer pong or tee off as you knock back a single malt. Sports bars across the country are no longer just idle spots to grab a drink and watch the game.

Trendy sport shoes that make a style statement

Begone boring black and brown leather. Fashion forward footgear experiments with shapes, colours and textures. BT More takes you toe to toe with the trend.

Traveller's guide for places to visit

Spread across thousands of kilometres, Tasmanian waterways are a hotspot for kayaking enthusiasts from across the globe.

Check the desirability quotient of new products

Check the desirability quotient of new products launched: i2i charis, Corneliani cufflinks, Woodland Autumn, Victorinox Eiffel Bag, Zippo's Peterson pipe gift set

Places to travel and upcoming events

Fall asleep to a ticking lullaby within the treasure trove of time that is the L'O Hotel.

Restaurant reviews: New Delhi's Ummami, Mumbai's Amadeus

Gurgaon's new fine-dining restaurant, Ummami, binds in its calm, contemporary ambience the flavours of the world. At Mumbai's sea-facing restaurant,Amadeus, Spanish cuisine meets Levantine in an experience that's anything but plain.

Online fashion portals facilitate a faster, hassle-free shopping experience

When it comes to shopping, most men prefer to skip the song-and-dance routine and go straight to checkout. The ease of use maxim behind online portals has lead to a surge in the trend.

Sanjay Kapoor, MD, Genesis Luxury shares his favourite stuff.

Sanjay Kapoor, Managing Director, Genesis Luxury shares his favourite stuff.

Do it yourself guide

Writing may be one of the toughest mental exercises, publishing is a tad easier

The ancient capital of Japan is culturally superior city

Tradition and protocol carry great weight in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Trace the history and enjoy the hospitality of a culturally superior city.

Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna's give tips on styling

Designers Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna are known for their immaculate pret creations that make a bold and arresting fashion statement. BT More speaks to them to get you style tips that are sure to make you stand out this festive season.

Some of the finest hotels around the world

BT More picks some of the finest hotels around the world that are designed by iconic fashion labels and celebrated couturiers. If you love their suits, chances are you will like their suites as well.
Event BT's Most Powerful Women Awards celebrated the gritty women achievers

BT's Most Powerful Women Awards celebrated the gritty women achievers

The eighth edition of Business Today's Most Powerful Women Awards function celebrated the gritty women achievers.
Book Marc Effron says good HR is about being simple and direct

Marc Effron says good HR is about being simple and direct

Good HR is about being simple and direct, says the author of a pathbreaking book on the subject.
Executive Health Busy executives should guard against computer diseases

Busy executives should guard against computer diseases

Busy executives should guard against 'computer diseases', says Manasi Mithel.
People People who made news

People who made news

Starring: Sanjeev Lamba, Sandeep Girotra, H.Harish Hande
Leadership Spotlight Emami Group of Companies' R.S.Agarwal on his leadership style

Emami Group of Companies' R.S.Agarwal on his leadership style

R.S. Agarwal, Joint Chairman, Emami Group of Companies admires J.R.D. Tata.
Chiaroscuro Events of the fortnight

Events of the fortnight

Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, after being arrested in the cash-for-votes scandal. He joined a growing band of VIPs in Tihar Jail: former telecom minister A. Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi, both accused in the 2G spectrum scam, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi.
Letters Letters to the editor from readers

Letters to the editor from readers

Your cover story (Superhero Dreams, September 18) was simply fantastic. The layout was very well done and actually brought the story alive.
Focus How different things work

How different things work

Recently, parliamentarians cutting across parties moved breach of privilege motions in both the Houses of Parliament against some members of the core team of Anna Hazare's Jan Lokpal campaign.

Reliance Industries BP marriage

RIL announces closure of the $7.2 billion deal and commencement of its strategic alliance with BP.

Global sports advertising

Global sports advertising and sponsorships are today estimated at about $15 billion. There has been no let-off in the trend. Pune-based Venky's acquired EPL team Blackburn Rovers in November 2010 for »23 million.

India's banking industry has so far performed well.

India's banking industry has so far performed well. But there is scope for improving its productivity and profi tability, says a FICCI-IBA-BCG study.

Quotes from business and political leaders

Crisis leads to inward thinking, but protectionism is counter-productive as it deepens recession, says Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce and Industry, speaking to a delegation of US and German lawmakers, quoted by agencies

New banking licences leave little room for manoeuvre

The draft norms for new banking licences leave little room for manoeuvre.

India's stock market has been the second worst performer in Asia this year

India's stock market has been the second worst performer in Asia this year.

Why companies are spending on logo change

Logo changes are a costly affair and are usually done as part of a group or company's rebranding exercise, the cost of which for the bigger companies is around Rs 150 crore. What do they achieve?

The first quarter GDP number cloaks faultlines in the economy

The first quarter GDP number cloaks faultlines in the economy, especially in construction activity.

The final Land Acquisition Bill vs the earlier ones

Finally, the draft Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011 is in Parliament. It could be voted on in the winter session in December. Bearing the stamp of Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, it differs from the earlier draft in several respects.

Biggest deals in the past 30 days

Piramal Healthcare, the health care arm of the Piramal Group, has signed an agreement to acquire a 5.5 per cent stake in Vodafone Essar, the Indian subsidiary of UK-based Vodafone.

Can the new management revive Air India?

A majority of respondents was pessimistic about the new management making any difference. This is hardly surprising considering past experience: the more things have changed at Air India, the more they have remained the same.
Features BSE is gung-ho about its plan for a new SME exchange

BSE is gung-ho about its plan for a new SME exchange

Despite OTCEI's failure in the 1990s, BSE plans to launch an exchange for small and medium enterprises (SME), but is awaiting final approval from SEBI. It is gung-ho about its plan as the market is more mature now.  So why would a new SME exchange succeed where OTCEI failed?

Will Honda Brio resurrect the brand in India?

In Italian, the word means lively, cheerful, energetic. Will 'Brio', Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Company's latest offering in India live up to its name at the sales counter? It's Honda's first venture into the crowded Indian small-car segment, at a time when the company needs to arrest the dip in its sales.

Siemens' X-ray machine brings in a radical shift in its global focus

An X-ray machine developed in Goa prods change in Siemens AG's global approach to the low and middle market.

Fashion weeks are brand-building platforms for sponsors

Sponsored fashion weeks have spawned a uniquely Indian brand ecosystem.
Special V.G. Siddhartha's Cafe Coffee Day has 1,174 outlets in the country

V.G. Siddhartha's Cafe Coffee Day has 1,174 outlets in the country

As part of the BT's series to showcase companies that are big, but not market leaders yet, V.G. Siddhartha' s Cafe Coffee Day needs a prominent mention. Like a shot of super-heated steam, Siddhartha has shaken up the somnolent Indian coffee business. His story is just beginning. SPECIAL: India Inc's rising star companiesOthers in the list:Fortis | Glenmark | Lanco Infratech | IndiGo | Axis Bank | Nuclear Power Corporation | iGate

IndiGo among most profitable in the Indian airline business

Indigo features in BT's list of companies that hold great promise to emerge a market leader. Precision operations have helped the low cost airline poke a finger in its competition's eye.SPECIAL: India Inc's rising star companiesOthers in the list:Fortis | Glenmark | Lanco Infratech | Cafe Coffee Day | Nuclear Power Corporation | Axis Bank | iGate

The Singh brothers re working as one to make Fortis bigger than Ranbaxy

Fortis features in BT's list of companies which are not market leaders yet, but which are big, growing fast and hold great promises. It has the potential to emerge a giant as the Singh brothers are working as one to make Fortis bigger than Ranbaxy. SPECIAL: India Inc's rising star companies Other 7 companies in the list:Indigo | Glenmark Pharma | Lanco Infratech | Cafe Coffee Day| Nuclear Power Corporation | Axis Bank | iGate

Eleven companies that can turn Goliaths in a few years

Eleven more companies that are strongly placed to turn Goliaths in a few years.

iGATE to be a billion-dollar company in revenues by 2012

Phaneesh Murthy has kept his promise. iGATE will be a billion-dollar company in revenues by 2012.

Axis Bank has the potential to be India's biggest bank

Led by Shikha Sharma, Axis Bank's aggressive growth path could take it into the realms of India's biggest banks.

Nuclear Power Corporation is on a high

Despite numerous concerns clouding India's nuclear power horizon, Nuclear Power Corporation promises a chain reaction of successes.

International ventures have set the firm on a super league path

Lanco Infratech'Lanco Infratech's project pipeline and international ventures have set it on a trajectory to the super league. s project pipeline and international ventures have set it on a trajectory to the super league.

Companies with promising future

BT's quest to seek out companies which are not market leaders yet, but which are big, growing fast and hold great promise. The logic behind the selection was simple: a company with higher revenue has a better chance of emerging a giant.

Glenn Saldanha believes the future lies in innovation

Next year, Glenmark Pharma is likely to have half a dozen compounds in Phase II human trials. Chairman Glenn Saldanha hopes to hit the market with one or more of his drugs between 2015 and 2017. This potential upside is precisely why Glenmark is in Business Today's listing of Tomorrow's Goliaths.SPECIAL: India Inc's rising star companies Other 7 companies in the list:IndiGo | Fortis | Lanco Infratech | Cafe Coffee Day | Nuclear Power Corporation | Axis Bank | iGate
Reporters Diary The Harley-Davidson lifestyle is full of power and poetry

The Harley-Davidson lifestyle is full of power and poetry

Few brands can convey Americanness quite like Harley-Davidson, which was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the early 20th century.
Technology Smartphone sales are set to explode in India

Smartphone sales are set to explode in India

With Android phones getting cheaper, a smartphone explosion is in the offing.
Editors note 'Anand Mahindra is evangelical about his mission'

'Anand Mahindra is evangelical about his mission'

Business leaders like Anand Mahindra are particularly worthy of study because they took the DNA from a pre-reform Jurassic Park and cloned a new breed of Indian entrepreneur.