India Insight

India needs 10-15 years to roll out universal health plan: KPMG

February 13, 2015

India will struggle to become a global superpower without an efficient healthcare system, and would need 10 to 15 years to cover everyone under its ambitious universal health coverage programme, KPMG’s global health chief said.

Movie Review – MSG: The Messenger of God

February 13, 2015

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Watching most Bollywood movies calls for a healthy suspension of disbelief, but if you dare make the trip to see the wonder that is “MSG: The Messenger of God”, make sure to leave behind every ounce of common sense or sanity that you possess, and submit yourself to the events unfolding on screen.

Last chance for the Indian economy? Mihir Sharma explains

By Atul Dev
February 9, 2015

IMihir Sharman the history of India’s economic reforms, rhetoric has often proved to be a stronger force than substance. Scrutinizing The Indian Growth Story, a facile phrase casually tossed about by newsmakers and newswriters, reveals that. Historians, however, have documented the liberalization of the economy in 1991 — the pole around which the Story spins — furtively. A good chunk of Mihir S Sharma’s gripping first book, Restart, delves into the events of that hot summer of 1991: the colicking infancy of a reformist India and how a missed opportunity and internalised mistakes have plagued the economic agenda ever since.

Movie Review: Shamitabh

February 6, 2015

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Every director has his muse. Farah Khan has Shah Rukh Khan, Ayan Mukerji has Ranbir Kapoor, and R Balki has Amitabh Bachchan. The one actor they admire so much that, at times, their films are nothing more than a simpering tribute to their favourite artist.

A Minute With: Sriram Raghavan

February 6, 2015

Director Sriram Raghavan lives on the fringes of Bollywood, rarely making the scene unless he has a film about to come out. The film-maker is also unusual in that he has made two of the most underrated but slickest crime thrillers to come out of Bollywood in recent times, “Ek Hasina Thi” (“There Once Was a Beautiful Woman”) and “Johnny Gaddar”, while being inspired by, but never weighed down by the kitschy melodrama that most Bollywood thrillers are known for.

Guns, war and a dove – Sri Lanka looks for a new life

February 4, 2015

As Sri Lanka looks beyond Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in the presidential elections, the island nation’s history of a bloody war has been retold as a reminder of a past that exists today.

Photo Gallery – Impressions from the India Art Fair

February 3, 2015

“No red wine here, please,” photographer Dayanita Singh said as a few visitors, including myself, walked into her booth holding glasses of red wine.

Auto-rickshaw apps help commuters breeze through Bengaluru

By Anup Oommen
February 3, 2015

Many people know hautoow this one goes:

“Aa kade hogalla madam!” the auto-rickshaw driver shouted from across the road. It might sound unfamiliar in Kannada, but its English translation is all too common: “I’m not heading in that direction ma’am!”

Cheap MPV may not be the + Datsun needs to GO ahead in India

February 3, 2015

Datsun GO+ is seen in a car showroom in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi. Pciture by Sankalp PhartiyalNissan Motor Co Ltd hopes to boost its low-cost Datsun car brand in India with a new compact multi-purpose vehicle, or MPV, but the Japanese automaker might need to make inroads into smaller cities and the countryside if it wants to revive sales.

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Photo Gallery – Impressions from the India Art Fair

February 3, 2015

“No red wine here, please,” photographer Dayanita Singh said as a few visitors, including myself, walked into her booth holding glasses of red wine.