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Business Today readers share their feedback on the magazine's coverage.
Print Edition: July 19, 2015

Business Today readers share their feedback on the magazine's coverage.

Hidden Jewels

This refers to your cover story on pharmaceuticals (The Hidden Pharma Billionaires, July 5). The authors have nicely analysed how these pharma entrepreneurs have built their business empires while staying out of the limelight. Great determination and an unmistakable passion are probably the main factors making their journey successful. Kudos to these eight hidden jewels of the health care sector, who - over a period of one and half decades - have not only created vast wealth for themselves and their shareholders but also helped expand the industry. - Abhinav P., New Delhi

Digital Dreams

This refers to your article on 3G services (Distress Call, July 5). It was an unequivocal assessment on the ailments that have afflicted 3G. This still-birth of 3G will have its ramifications on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet theme - Digital India. Telecom operators speak a lot but lack in everything, including in the areas of immediacy of access, security concerns, uninterrupted performance and promised commitment. The disjointed services on 3G networks have belied the expectations of the users and the incongruous status in telecom firmament falls far short of fundamental assurances of the service providers, including state-run BSNL. In the era of unified communication and Internet of Things, India cannot afford to lag behind. We want to compete with China, but we must realise that it is already 30 years ahead of us in all arenas, including telecommunications and its allied services. This awareness only will translate our digital dreams into realities. - B. Rajasekaran, Bangalore

Mentorship Concept

This refers to your article on Indian family businesses (Learning from the Masters, July 5). Basically, mentoring means an employee training system under which a senior or more experienced individual (the mentor) is assigned to act as an advisor, counsellor, or guide to a junior or trainee (the mentee). One can loosely define the mentor's role as that of a friend, philosopher and guide. No doubt, acting as a mentor for a "fee" may be another avenue of earning by sharing one's experience/expertise, but acting as a mentor for "free" gives more joy and satisfaction to the person playing the role of a mentor. In a country like India, where more than 50 per cent of the population is below the age of 25 and more than 65 per cent below the age of 35, the traditional concept of mentorship may not yield the desired results. And the new concept - reverse mentoring - being adopted by the new-age organisations, turns the old paradigm of mentorship into a higher and more effective collaborative effort. Thanks for the scintillating piece. - J.S. Broca, New Delhi

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