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  • In an uncertain economy, Suveen K. Sinha unearths boutique investment banks which are proving better at sealing deals than the big ones. It is not just the lower expenses that make them click with clients. All six that BT spoke to insisted that their clients loved them because they were always there for the clients.
Products New products and their desirability quotient

New products and their desirability quotient

This 900mm easy pull out drawer goes from a fridge to a freezer to an air tight pantry, at the touch of a button. Top drawer, we say.

Watchmaker Omega will keep time on the sidelines at Olympics

As the world gets set to witness the biggest races at the Olympics, watchmaker Omega will keep time on the sidelines.

Godrej Appliances' Kamal Nandi favourite suff

 Kamal Nandi, Executive Vice President, Godrej Appliances shares his favourite stuff.

ITC launches Fiama Di Wills Men website

Pioneering a new trend in consumer experience, the ITC group has taken brand experience and engagement to a whole new level with the launch of the Fiama Di Wills Men website.

Dowloading right tips on health and diet

Your smartphone's application store has a number of diet and health related applications that make it easy to keep tabs on your calorie intake and help you stick to a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness tips when you are hitting 30s, 40s, 50s

Whether you've just hit 30 or are nearing 60, there's a an exercise regime and diet that's just right for you.
BT More Tod's pallete is a magical blend of cuts, colours and fabrics

Tod's pallete is a magical blend of cuts, colours and fabrics

If shoemaking is a fine art, then the Tod's pallete is a magical blend of cuts, colours and fabrics.

Meditation holds key to contentment

In our ongoing search for peace, meditation holds the key to contentment. It's wise to wake up to improving your mental health. After all, it really is all in the mind.

John Abraham on how to take care of your bikes

His unfaltering love of bikes is no secret. Bollywood's resident hunk tells you how to build and take care of your own collection.
Food The world's best restaurant migrates to Britain for ten days

The world's best restaurant migrates to Britain for ten days

The world's best restaurant migrates to Britain for ten days during the Olympic Games.

Restaurant review: India Grill Room, Zuma and Indyaki

A swank India Grill Room attempts to amalgamate the feisty flavours of pan-Indian gastronomy with upscale dining.

How Geneva's Mandarin Oriental took the story onward

In Switzerland, every room has a view and every building a history. Here's how Geneva's Mandarin Oriental took the story onward.

How Sirio Maccioni shaped evolution of taste, culture and luxury

When France met Italy in the sacred kitchens of Le Cirque, New York, food found new meanings. Here's a story of Sirio Maccioni and how he shaped the evolution of taste, culture and luxury.
Money Don't be misled by unscrupulous real estate agent

Don't be misled by unscrupulous real estate agent

You cannot do without a real estate agent while searching for a home, but take care not to be misled by unscrupulous ones.
Fashion Sport, spirit and style for Olympics 2012

Sport, spirit and style for Olympics 2012

As the 2012 Olympics draws nearer, July is all about sport, spirit and style. To look great on the field and off it, we help you gear up and get your game face on.
Focus Why southwest monsoon are crucial

Why southwest monsoon are crucial

Monsoon worries are back with rains in June having been 24 per cent below normal.

Review: Acer Aspire S3 and Fujifilm X-Pro1

An affordable ultrabook and a camera that pushes the limits.

G20 is making fresh efforts to contain eurozone contagion

The G20 is making fresh efforts to contain eurozone contagion.

Surge in corporate debt restructuring can spike in banks' NPAs

The surge in corporate debt restructuring could be masking a spike in banks' non-performing assets.

Indian economy can be revived by restoring trust, confidence: Meera Sanyal

In many ways the issues facing the Indian economy are driven by the animal spirits - Trust, Confidence and Hope. If they can be restored, the Indian economy could become a beacon of hope, writes Meera Sanyal.

Roundup: Events of the fortnight

The monsoon's worst start in three years is threatening crops from rice to sugarcane.

Ikea's entry will give the economy a much-needed boost

While the potential appears huge, the government's condition requiring foreign retailers to source 30 per cent of the value of their goods locally, from small enterprises, could prove a sticking point.

Pranab Mukherjee, the worst finance minister since 1991 liberalisation

Pranab Mukherjee has been the worst finance minister since the economy was liberalised in 1991.

Biggest deals in the past 30 days*

Piramal Healthcare Ltd, headed by Ajay Piramal, completed the acquisition of US-based Decision Resources Group (DRG) for $635 million (Rs 3,518.5 crore).

RBI's latest measures to boost economy: Who said what

The market is disappointed... This creates an impression that the RBI is comfortable with a relatively depreciating rupee rather than initiating action to make it appreciate, says Samiran Chakraborty.

Top 20 most watched ads May 2012

Top 20 most watched ads May 2012

Infosys building Shanghai campus with an eye on future, industry fears it may burn fingers

Defying conventional wisdom, Infosys is building an 8,000-seat campus in Shanghai. Although the announcement has astonished the industry, the company says it is building the Shanghai campus with an eye on the future. It wants to lock up people supply.

Is competition watchdog's crackdown on cement makers is justified?

The competition watchdog's crackdown on cement makers is justified, though some say it plays favourites.

Pranab's flop show as finance minister

Pranab Mukherjee's final stint as finance minister lasted a little over three years. It was a stint he is unlikely to recall with pride.
Travel Tips on wildlife photography, stretching exercise, pizza making

Tips on wildlife photography, stretching exercise, pizza making

Photographer Babi Nobis and his wife and author Tina Nobis share top tips on the art.

Night shifts and jet lag increase risk of diabetes, weight gain

New research suggests frequent night shifts and jet lag increase your risk of diabetes and weight gain.

What does being on-the-go mean for your health?

Being chained to your workstation or living out of a suitcase may reflect well on your paycheque but what does being on-the-go mean for your health?
Book How Will You Measure Your Life? looks at real-life business cases and provides key insights into living

How Will You Measure Your Life? looks at real-life business cases and provides key insights into living

The book looks at real-life business cases and provides key insights into living.
Careers Slowdown may hit increments and variable part of salaries

Slowdown may hit increments and variable part of salaries

The slowdown may also hit increments and the variable part of salaries.
Features Japanese companies trying to invest in India's growth

Japanese companies trying to invest in India's growth

Japanese companies are trying to invest in India's growth, but expect India to meet them halfway.

Why solar panel manufacturers are finding it tough to stay on in the business

Hit hard by overseas rivals, solar panel manufacturers are changing strategies to stay on in the business.

Growing country liquor industry is polishing its image

As drinkers of Indian-made Indian liquor get more prosperous, makers of country liquor such as Globus Spirits, Radico Khaitan, Chandigarh Distilleries and GM Breweries are slowly moving up the ladder, upgrading their technology and packaging.

Prakash Bajpai gears up to give stiff challenge to big boys in mobile broadband arena

When it comes to broadband, particularly the wireless kind, Prakash Bajpai is a man possessed.  After building a low-cost Wi-Fi business, the man who heads Tikona Digital Networks is gearing up to take on the big boys in the mobile broadband arena.

Intra-group mergers raise fresh concerns over corporate governance standards

Many investor advisory firms say that intra-group amalgamations are often a ploy by promoters to stealthily enhance their control over and boost valuations of group companies - a charge vociferously denied by promoter groups.

What has pushed once-efficient Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to the edge

Mismanagement has pushed the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to the edge. And recent measures to revive it may fall short.
Technology Using a quad-core processor is like driving a Ferrari on Bangalore's roads

Using a quad-core processor is like driving a Ferrari on Bangalore's roads

Quad-core processor is the future of mobile phones and the phones that run on it are 1.6 times quicker, or about 160 per cent faster than their dual-core counterparts.
Culture Damien Hirst shows artist in a light that is not necessarily flattering

Damien Hirst shows artist in a light that is not necessarily flattering

The Damien Hirst retrospective at the Tate Modern, London, shows the artist in a light that is not necessarily flattering.

Spanish sculptor embarks on a creative journey

A Spanish sculptor embarks on a creative journey, one that begins at matter and ends at mind.
Letters Readers views on Business Today stories

Readers views on Business Today stories

Your cover story (Watch Your Step, July 8) aptly focussed on some of the vital questions of the hour: ailing leadership, policy paralysis and steps taken to revive the sinking economy.
Leadership Spotlight Nikon India's Hiroshi Takashina shares his leadership style

Nikon India's Hiroshi Takashina shares his leadership style

Nikon India's Hiroshi Takashina shares his leadership style.
People Roundup: People who made news last fortnight

Roundup: People who made news last fortnight

Starring: Preet Bharara, Sanjeev Sharma, Parikshit Bhasin and Llyod Mathias, Muhtar Kent, Doug Tough, Vijay Babu
Editors note 'Not all is dark around us'

'Not all is dark around us'

At Business Today, which by the way has confirmed its position as India's most-read business magazine and second-most-read business publication if you include all financial dailies and magazines, according to the latest Indian Readership Survey. 
Special Despite land and funding issues, roads are being built at a healthy pace

Despite land and funding issues, roads are being built at a healthy pace

Despite land and funding issues, roads are being built at a healthy pace. Business Today also takes a close look at other key areas - power, airports and land acquisition - that are critical to pull in $1 trillion in investments over the next five years. Full coverage

Growth hopes pinned on infra build-up

Business Today takes a close look at four key areas - highways, power, airports and land acquisition - that are critical to pull in $1 trillion in investments over the next five years. Full coverage

Coal crisis catches government, power developers unawares

The coal crisis has caught the government and power developers unawares. No power developer is questioning the potential of the Indian market, but a great deal of scepticism has crept in. The only way it can be dispelled is by assuring developers of a steady supply of coal over the long-term.

More airport projects are likely to be awarded

The government is set to award more airport projects and is targeting Rs 50,000 crore in private sector investments by 2017. Full coverage

Economic slowdown may catalyse political consensus on land acquisition

After its introduction last year, the Land Acquisition Bill was studied by a non-partisan parliamentary committee. Though its recommendations are not binding, support for legislation in Parliament requires the government of the day to bring the committee on board. Full coverage