Fierce fan loyalty and physical commitment of its players, says Shreekant Sambrani, makes the cash-rich T20 tournament the envy of all sporting contests. Twists in the tale so outlandish and brazen as to border on the improbable have been tried and trusted ploys of soaps to keep even the most jaded viewer hooked to them. The Indian Premier League, which steals away a very large proportion of the saas bahu eyeballs this time of the year, appears to have also resorted to this trick to ... Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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Author Image: B2.jpg Shreekant Sambrani By John le Carr Rs 399 Rs 399 A delicate truth To say that one enjoys John le Carrs novels as espionage thrillers is akin to claiming that one takes delight in Charlie Chaplins films as slapstick comedies. To be sure, ...Asian Age, 3 days ago
One day in 1987, I received a "lightning call" (eight times more expensive than the already high tariff, but promising a connection in 15 minutes) from the managing director of a Fera (Foreign Exchange Regulation Act) company I was then advising, one in which ...Business Standard, 2 months ago
India does not regard gold merely as an investment, it is also the preferred form of hoarding tax-evaded wealth, writes Shreekant Sambrani. I had recently recounted in this space stories of Arjun Biswal and Gemilla Tikku, tribal farmers from Araku valley in Andhra Pradesh. They faced starvation before the Naandi Foundation supported coffee-growers’ co-operative changed their lives in the last decade. Their first hesitant move into relative security was to make small purchases ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
The last railway minister may have been caught with his fingers in the cookie jar, but he is hardly the first one to indulge in this, nor the only one among his colleagues in the present political dispensation, writes Shreekant Sambrani. In God we trust; the rest pay cash." That sign, with the tell-tale allusion to the credo on American coinage, adorns many a commercial establishment in the US. It may as well appear in all offices of Indian Railways and be emblazoned on Rail Bhavan in New ...Rediff.com, 6 days ago
Dr Reddy, an innovative technocrat par excellence, led from the front the countless initiatives of his famed laboratory in discovering many effective, affordable, cures for the numerous ailments of mankind, writes Shreekant Sambrani. Arjun Biswal, a Kondh tribal of the remote, hilly Araku tract in Visakhapatanam district of Andhra Pradesh, owns two acres of hill slopes. In the early 1990s, he and his family faced destitution. Nothing of note grew on their land. There was not much ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
A lacklustre Budget from which we have to take what little comfort we can in feeling that it could have been a lot worse. But is the ‘worst over’ and will India would clock a growth of 6-plus percent next year? Unlikely, says Shreekant Sambrani. Indian annual Budgets are not mere compilations of tax proposals and spending programmes. They are fundamental statement of policy. These days, they are also major media events. As the B-day approaches, channels announce non-stop coverage.Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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