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Dec 23, 2012
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Top Story BT More takes you behind the scenes of the Moulin Rouge

BT More takes you behind the scenes of the Moulin Rouge

The glitzy, sexy French cabaret troupe descends on the Capital. BT More takes you behind the scenes, and shows how fantasy is made up of reality.
Food How to enjoy mulled wine

How to enjoy mulled wine

Mulled wine is a great companion for a cold winter evening. While it's easy to get wrong, it's not hard to make it the right way either. Here's how.

Arola brings a whiff of flamenco to upscale Paris

Arola, the pica pica Spanish restaurant at the W-Opera, brings a whiff of flamenco to upscale Paris.

The story of the Indian microbrewing industry

The microbrewery business is booming in India and it is changing beer, as we know it, for the better.

Mount Gay rum shares its top rum dessert recipes

Mount Gay rum, often referred to as the 'rum that invented rum', was created in Barbados in 1703. With Christmas around the corner, the company shares its top rum dessert recipes.

How Anjum Anand and Vineet Bhatia are putting a new kind of India on the food map

In an exclusive tete-a-tete with BT More, UK-based celebrity chefs Anjum Anand and Vineet Bhatia share their culinary philosophy and the inspiration behind it.
BT More Plentiful food bounties from Istanbul

Plentiful food bounties from Istanbul

It's what you get when you combine a habitual hogger with the plentiful bounties of the Istanbul food scene.

Your go-to guide to Windows 8 hardware

Here's a bird's eye view of the Windows 8 hardware that are going to remain in the fray in 2013.

EspressoGrill in New Delhi has the potential to be a superb deli

EspressoGrill in New Delhi has the potential to be a superb deli but wait a while for things to settle before heading over.
Products New products in the market

New products in the market

Apple's thinnest and most sophisticated 2012 edition of iMacs come with 21.5-inch and 27-inch screen sizes, 8GB RAM, an Intel Core i5 processor, and terabytes (TB) of storage.

New movie, book releases this month

Adapting broadway for the big screen is a tricky task, and one that's been attempted countless times. From The Phantom of The Opera, to Chicago, Hairspray and Grease; there've been some hits and an equal number of misses.

A designer's way to support Julian Assange

In a campaign to support professional whistleblower and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, the acclaimed designer has created a unisex tshirt which features her face and the words 'I'm Julian Assange' printed on it.

Slip on Google's radical new glasses and bring your world to life

Slip on Google's radical new glasses and bring your world to life.

Shah Rukh Khan describes his watch collection as casual and classy

'I wear my stardom like a t-shirt and not a tuxedo', says SRK who describes his watch collection as casual and classy. Take a cue.

Qualities that make a good adventure shoe

Harkirat Singh, MD, Woodland, talks about the qualities that make a good adventure shoe.

Classic tradition of using lava rocks in stoves

Vinod Aggarwal of Sunshine Stoves is returning to the classic tradition of using lava rocks in stoves.

Dun & Bradstreet gives quick tips on decision making

Dun & Bradstreet is a leading source of global business information, which helps companies take decisions with confidence. Kaushal Sampat, President and CEO, gives you quick tips on decision making.

Why candle light is good for you

Suchitra Krishnamoorthy, former actress and singer, tells you why candle light is good for you.

Tips to make winter workouts safer and give better results

Outdoor winter exercise can be fun. These tips are likely to make workouts safer and give better results

Tips to keep your mind razor sharp throughout your life

Here are a few tips to keep your mind razor sharp throughout your life.

Tips to maintain a perfect posture

Here are a few tips to maintain a perfect posture. While standing, hold your head up, chin in and look straight ahead.

Regular medical check-ups do not necessarily help in preventing illnesses

New research suggests regular medical check-ups do not necessarily help in preventing illnesses.

Fossil ties up with the American tattoo artist Mr Cartoon

Fossil ties up with the American tattoo artist Mr Cartoon for a new, wackier and wickeder chapter in watch wearing.
Smart executive Career: Tips for managers who find it hard to be assertive

Career: Tips for managers who find it hard to be assertive

There are plenty of managers who have trouble asserting themselves. The ability to be firm when required to is a vital skill managers need, but many are found lacking in, say leadership coaches.
Focus India's overall share of global tourist traffic rises substantially

India's overall share of global tourist traffic rises substantially

The rate of growth in the number of foreign tourists visiting and discovering India has wavered over the past decade. India's overall share of global tourist traffic, however, has risen substantially.

Review: Lenovo Ideapad Z580 and Nikon Coolpix S800c

Lenovo Ideapad Z580 weighs a robust 2.6 kg. The Nikon Coolpix S800c is among the first Android cameras in India.

Inept policy making led India's economy to a new equilibrium

The Indian economy is set for its worst performance in a decade with no quick fixes in sight. The economy is jammed - between a government struggling to tame a burgeoning fiscal deficit and a central bank jittery about elevated inflation.

Ikea to comply with riders on its India investment proposal

IKEA has announced plans to invest Rs 10,500 crore in India. The proposal is now awaiting clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. In India, the company may have to alter its business model to comply with riders on its investment proposal.

How different things work

The recent hanging of Pakistani militant Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, involved in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has revived the centuries-old debate about whether the death penalty is justified.

Parliament deadlock over FDI in Retail: Who said what

When McDonald's and Pizza Hut came, they (the opposition) protested saying business would go... But Nathu sweets, Bikanerwala shops have flourished and expanded, Anand Sharma, Commerce and Industry Minister, to agencies

PepsiCo India to work hard to justify high IPL sponsorship price

PepsiCo India will have to work hard to justify the high price it paid to sponsor the Indian Premier League tournament.

UPA's direct cash transfer scheme faces many challenges

The government aims to transfer Rs 3.2 trillion, or $58 billion, a year to beneficiaries of its subsidy schemes and welfare programmes by the direct cash transfer scheme. It is still unclear though, how the government arrived at the Rs 3.2 trillion figure.

Group CEO Olof Persson on Volvo's India strategy

Olof Persson, President of AB Volvo and Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Group, spoke to Dearton Thomas Hector about the Swedish company's India and global strategy during his recent visit to India.
Features Kishore Chhabria: The man behind the world's largest selling whisky brand

Kishore Chhabria: The man behind the world's largest selling whisky brand

Ask Kishore Chhabria why Officer's Choice succeeded in emerging as the largest selling whisky in the world and he mentions luck and destiny before coming to hard work.

Kishore Chhabria on Indian liquor industry

The low-profile Kishore Chhabria rarely gives full length interviews. But he made an exception for Suman Layak.

How an Uttarakhand company is producing electricity with pine needles

A small company based in Uttarakhand is now changing lives of locals with a unique project - generating power from pine needles.

How Saraswat Bank beat the odds?

On the whole, the performance of urban co-operative banks is underwhelming. But since 2001, the total business (deposits plus advances) of Saraswat Bank grew from Rs 4,600 crore to Rs 35,000 crore as on September 30, 2012, making it the country's largest urban co-operative bank.

Shell eyes bigger chunk of India's energy market

Energy giant Shell has expanded cautiously in India so far. But its new India chairman, Yasmine Ghandhi Hilton, wants to make a renewed push into the upstream business.

Will 2012 polls change things for Gujarat's small businesses?

While Gujarat plies big firms with incentives, its small businesses are grumbling about neglect. In recent years, the state has focused on wooing large-scale industries. The Gujarat Industrial Policy of 2009 offers incentives to projects with investments above Rs 10,000 crore.

L&T Finance Holdings dons a new look with a string of acquisitions

Besides Fidelity, L&T Finance Holdings acquired two other companies this year. The acquisitions have helped the company expand at a fast clip. Y.M. Deosthalee, Chairman and Managing Director, L&T Finance Holdings says the company is walking the path outlined in the 2005 roadmap.

Apollo Hospitals gears up for new market realities, tweaks strategy

The health-care sector is changing. Lifestyle diseases such as diabetes are on the rise, and the growing spread of health insurance has made costly health-care facilities affordable. In the face of new market realities, Apollo Hospitals is focusing on no-frills hospitals in Tier II and III cities and on specialised clinics.

Restrictions on insurance companies' investment should be removed: Gerry Grimstone

Standard Life is one of the world's leading savings and investment companies, with six million customers across 50 countries. It is present in India through its investments in HDFC Life and HDFC Asset Management. Gerry Grimstone, Chairman, Standard Life, spoke to Sarbajeet K. Sen on a host of issues concerning the insurance sector.

Online dating business is India's new love interest

Matrimonial sites are yesterday's news - India's new love interest is online dating. A handful of entrepreneurs has realised that in the business of love, India could be where the proverbial rainbow touches the ground.

Mergers and acquisitions have to be strategic: S D Shibulal

In an exclusive interview the Infosys CEO S.D. Shibulal spoke on issues ranging from the need for strategic acquisitions to his new vision, Infosys 3.0.

India Inc makes high stakes bet on overseas acquisitions

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Book A nugget-rich read of the journey of HDFC Bank

A nugget-rich read of the journey of HDFC Bank

A nugget-rich read of the journey of India's most valuable lender, HDFC Bank.

Book review: Breaking Barriers

The success stories of 11 top women business leaders falls short in the telling.
Careers Indians poor at building trust, shows a HR firm study

Indians poor at building trust, shows a HR firm study

A global study of business leaders across countries by human resources firms Right Management and Tucker International lists the imperatives of succeeding in a global set up, and shows Indians are poor at building trust.
Columns 'Section 66A of IT Act is draconian and should be scrapped'

'Section 66A of IT Act is draconian and should be scrapped'

The section is absolutely draconian as it gives rulers a weapon to misuse and deprive citizens of their personal liberty, says Madabhushi Sridhar, coordinator at Center for Media Law & Public Policy, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

Corruption can be controlled if there is political will

In its 2011 Corruption Perception Index, Transparency International ranked India at 95 out of 183 countries. How can widespread corruption be curbed? Here are five suggestions.
People Roundup: People who made news last fornight

Roundup: People who made news last fornight

Starring: Michael Boneham, George Wong, Bjorn Rosengren, V.K. Mathews and Phillip Bernstein
Chiaroscuro Roundup: Events of the fortnight

Roundup: Events of the fortnight

With Christmas and New Year approaching, air fares and hotel tariffs for favoured destinations such as Goa are going through the roof.
Case Study How Punjab Tractors is giving Mahindra & Mahindra a run for its money

How Punjab Tractors is giving Mahindra & Mahindra a run for its money

Not often does an acquired company give the acquirer a run for its money in the market. This case study looks at how Punjab Tractors Ltd, which was hardly in the best of shape when Mahindra & Mahindra acquired it in 2007, was turned around, and today does exactly that.
Letters Reader's forum: Dec 23 2012

Reader's forum: Dec 23 2012

Your cover story Pulling Punches (December 9) has brought to light the general feeling of people about reports on various issues from weather to wealth, even in health.

Philips case study: Best Of The Lot

BT receives scores of responses to its case studies. Below is the best one on Philips (July 8, 2012).
Editors note 'India's telephone revolution has been life-transforming'

'India's telephone revolution has been life-transforming'

Some revolutions are violent, some are quiet. India's telephone revolution has been life-transforming.
Travel Things to do this month across India, world

Things to do this month across India, world

An electronic dance music festival held annually at Candolim Beach in Goa held from December 27 to 29. India's finest and most respected food and wine exhibition and more...

Hyderabad makes it to Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities for 2013

The City of Nizams, Hyderabad, has made it to Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities for 2013.

North Korea's Tallest Hotel

Government planners had hoped the enormous Ryugyong Hotel would symbolise a resurgent North.

New meccas of nightlife across the globe

Venture beyond the tried and tired and allow yourself to be wooed by the new meccas of nightlife across the globe.
Technology New audio technologies makes for a sound idea

New audio technologies makes for a sound idea

Adopting new and convenient audio technologies makes for a sound idea.
Leadership Spotlight DHL Express' R.S. Subramanian on his leadership style

DHL Express' R.S. Subramanian on his leadership style

R.S. Subramanian, Country Manager, India, DHL Express admires Ratan Tata.
Culture Philanthropy can bring a change to the world and you

Philanthropy can bring a change to the world and you

With philanthropy, you can not only change the world, you will also change yourself.

All you need to know about Simone De Beauvoir

Author of Second Sex (1949) and Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (1958), the French philosopher pioneered the first wave of feminism.

How to prepare yourself to move to a new city or country

Your bags are packed and you're all set to move to that new city or country. But are you mentally ready for this life-changing event? Here's how you can be.