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Print Edition: Dec 25, 2011

Innovative, Indeed
With its focused approach, clarity of concepts, scrutiny of contents, pervasiveness of utility and incidence of implication across business platforms globally, your cover package (Eight Innovations That Delighted Consumers and What India Can Learn from Them, December 11) was not just innovative, but informative too. The joint study by Business Today and consultancy firm Monitor Group will definitely open new vistas of opportunity for Indian entrepreneurs. What added even more colour to the package were the conceptualisation of the notion of innovation, the selection of fields, the treatment, the projection of results and the parallel dovetailing of the functionality of ideas and models in Indian market conditions.
B. Rajasekaran, Bangalore

Good Job
Kudos to BT for focusing on innovation and giving it the recognition it truly deserves by putting it on the cover of its 25th issue of the year. It was a comprehensive package and the impressive bit was the fact that you went a step ahead of merely showcasing eight global innovations. Letting well-known and respected business leaders, such as Nokia India's D. Shivakumar and Bharti Airtel's Sanjay Kapoor, among others, study each case in an Indian context only added more depth to each piece.
Priya Singh, Chandigarh

Tangled Wings
There is a raging debate on whether Kingfisher Airlines should be bailed out or not (On a Wing and a Prayer, December 11). Your story has rightly highlighted that the problems of the airline industry are much deeper than Kingfisher Airlines's immediate cash crunch. It is important to understand the economic realities of this industry, where all listed entities - from SpiceJet to Jet Airways to Kingfisher Airlines - have together lost over Rs 1,500 crore in a single quarter, even as Air India continues to lose Rs 600 crore every month. Will bailing Kingfisher Airlines out address the root cause of the problem? No, it will only lead to Jet or SpiceJet failing next. What's more, the government's plan to use taxpayers' money to bail Air India out is a total waste.
Mimi Sen, Kolkata

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