The Air India saga has all the making of the sort of family soap opera beloved of Indian audiences. If you will forgive the stereotypes, the government represents the nagging future mother-in-law, the airline the hapless bride and employees the scheming sister-in-law.It’s no surprise the wedding did not happen. Suitors took flight when they realised the mother-in-law and sister-in-law were going to accompany the bride. To top it all, the bride was no open book (neither, probably was the suitor, but the bride is, as ever, being held to higher standards); her secrets would be revealed only after the engagement ring was slipped on.A key concern that has been reported in the media is that the potential buyer felt threatened by the level of management clout that the government would continue to exercise at a 24 percent holding: All the rights of a majority shareholder rather than a minority one.Close Another concern was the debt that would come with the company. As per information … [Read more...] about COMMENT-The problems with the Big Fat Air India wedding: Meddlesome in-laws, secrets, bad stars
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The cleverest trick that Apple has ever pulled isn’t convincing us to pay $500 for a phone or MP3 player, but rather convincing the world that if you want good design, then you have to follow Apple’s template of clean lines and stripped-down details. You can see how that happened: The company has become so synonymous with both good design and minimalism that most people assume those two things are one and the same. They’re not: You can have good design that’s fanciful and wacky; likewise, you can have minimalist design that’s horrible. advertisement advertisement The fact is, minimalism has been a business strategy for Apple–and maybe their most successful business strategy of all. While just-in-time manufacturing and a stand-alone retailing have earned it hundreds of billions in sales, minimalism built the brand that made their gadgets lust-worthy to begin with. Let’s dissect how that works. Every Gadget Sells The Others One of the … [Read more...] about Beware Of Following The Gospel Of Minimalism, Preached By Apple
Sugar has a lot in common with tobacco and alcohol: it triggers pleasurable feelings, it can cause health problems when overused, and it’s addictive (though the jury may still be out on that one). Unlike the latter two substances, sugar products don’t come with added taxes or any barrier to obtaining them. Anyone can legally binge on sugar, regardless of age. But maybe this shouldn’t be the case. Maybe we’d all be better off if sugar was treated like a potentially dangerous substance. advertisement advertisement Scientists at UCSF argue in a recent issue of Nature that added sugars, defined as “any sweetener containing the molecule fructose that is added to food in processing,” should be regulated by the government. The researchers, one of whom is well-known for his views on the dangers of sugar, have come up with a convincing list of reasons why we need to take serious measures: Sugar can induce hypertension, insulin resistance, high … [Read more...] about Should The Government Regulate Sugar Like Tobacco?
Successful traders are like race drivers. They know how to manoeuvre their way at high speeds. What makes them different is that they know what lies under the hood of the vehicle they are driving and how to correct it if there is a breakdown.The charts and indicators that they use are well-researched to the point where they become second nature and muscle memory. They do not need to think before they react; the reaction comes automatically.If you are a scalper who holds a position for a few seconds to a maximum of a few minutes, your reaction has to be automatic. There is no time to think, all the thinking has to be before and after market hours.Close Sivakumar Jayachandran (@justsiva123) trades on the high-speed race track. A scalper 90 percent of whose trades are held for less than two minutes, Siva as he is called by fellow traders was another trader who proved his mettle at the this year’s Investor Carnival held in Goa. Trading on expiry day along with veteran traders, … [Read more...] about Sivakumar Jayachandran: Journey of a BPO employee to a star trader
In his book ‘Poor Charlie’s Almanack’ legendary investor and author Charlie Munger writes ‘spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day- if you live long enough- like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve.’Independent investor and investing coach Vishal Khandelwal lives by these words. An analyst who quit his job at the age of 34 to focus on teaching the Aam Aadmi the art and science of investing. Safal Niveshak, Hindi for successful investor, has been his platform where he gives online training on investing. A prolific writer, Vishal spends 75 percent of his waking time in reading and learning.Vishal does not like to speak about his stock picks and the returns his investment has generated. The fact that he has been able to come out of a job by taking care of all his liabilities gives an insight that he has done well for himself.Close Vishal is known more as a teacher of … [Read more...] about The analyst who quit his job to be a teacher and a ‘Safal Niveshak’