Congratulations on bringing out A great idea to fruition (The Best AdviceI Ever Got, January 11). The advice that helped the top honchos of India Inc. become so successful has universal appeal and validity. That’s because it is usually life advice that applies to all. It would have been interesting if the Ambanis and Narayana Murthy, too, had been featured in your cover story. But never mind that. The important point is that general themes like these make BT much more livelier.
—Rajat Tewari, through e-mail
The advice that worked for Jamshed J. Irani—“Out of every 10 men born in this world, nine work for the tenth. Prepare to be the tenth”—seems valid for Business Today as well that had emerged as the leader in generating ideas that work. Your cover story (January 11) was timely—the nation is going through troubled times, what with terrorism and the global meltdown hitting us where it hurts. In this context, L.N. Mittal’s words are quite apt: “We should reach for the stars with foot on the ground.” All in all, this is a collector’s issue.
—Shashank Gupte, through e-mail
Bank of India (BoI) has clearly been a leader as far as innovative services are concerned (India’s Best Banks, December 28). That coupled with a right mix of strong and judicious policies has helped BoI to emerge as the country’s best bank in your survey. Its emphasis on constant technological improvement has helped it to effectively meet new challenges. It is said that “change” is the only constant. BoI’s endeavour has always been to adapt to “change” in the operative environment by converting it into an opportunity for growth. The bank has a bright future. Given the spirit of its people, the strength of its financial capability and its willingness to adapt to the changing times, the bank can only grow from strength to strength.
—Vinod C. Dixit, through e-mail
Empower the army
The cost of terror (Cover story, December 28) has exposed the hydra-headed face of terrorism. The business community is frightened after the Mumbai terror attack. It has led to instability in the stock markets, doubts over foreign investments, and an increase in insurance business. What India needs now is a strong and effective security apparatus, a sound intelligence gathering mechanism, modern weapons and gadgets at the disposal of the Army, and well paid armed forces. This needs to be backed up with stronger diplomatic measures. There should also be a massive campaign to spread awareness among the public.
—B. Rajasekaran, through e-mail
Trends of 2009
It was fascinating to read the Trends pages (January 11). The sectoral outlook was rather innovative— both for its design and stories. What really caught my eye was the story on the jobs scenario. Your forecast sounded very gloomy! But the situation has still not gone out of hand: companies are largely cutting down on flab. So, instead of worring, people should be working harder and this should help them sail through these difficult times. It was also interesting to read about hybrid cars coming in 2009. That should cheer up the green enthusiasts. These cars are a bit too expensive to begin with, but they will eventually prove to be economical.
—Madan suri, through e-mail
Your story, Wine country, in the Back of the Book (December 28) section made an interesting reading. Most of us had no idea that wine is so popular in India and that a large number of Indians have developed a liking for wines! Given the health benefits usually associated with wine drinking, this trend will only grow. I can already see broad grins on the faces of all those in the wine business, including the importers and local producers, who have the least to worry about recession.
—Deep Rai Chowdhury, through e-mail