India Insight

IMD monsoon forecast overweighing El Nino – Skymet CEO

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2015

People run to take shelter during a heavy monsoon shower in New Delhi August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/FilesIndia has cut this year’s monsoon forecast to 88 percent of the long-term average, prompted by the El Nino climate phenomenon and raising fears of the country’s first drought in six years. This makes India’s agriculture sector vulnerable with nearly half of farmland lacking irrigation.

A Minute With: Zoya Akhtar

June 3, 2015

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Zoya Akhtar believes in looking good – at least when it comes to her films. Two films old, with a third on the way, Akhtar’s style of making films about places and people she is familiar with has earned her acclaim from critics and cinema-lovers.

Movie Review: Welcome 2 Karachi

May 29, 2015

Actors Arshad Warsi and Jackky Bhagnani in a still from “Welcome to Karachi”

For a movie that starts off with a Gujarati party song by nubile foreign extras and has Jackky Bhagnani thrusting his pelvic muscles like there is no tomorrow, “Welcome 2 Karachi” gets progressively better.

Meet the man who plans to open India’s first luxury hospital chain

May 27, 2015

Advet Bhambhani, the chief executive of Dubai-based ABV Group plans to open luxury hospitals that would resemble hotels, offer personalised care and transport patients from place to place in Rolls Royce cars. He said he wants to redefine health care for India’s rich and medical tourists, and has nearly $80 million in investments to pull it off.

Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

May 22, 2015

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Director Aanand L Rai seems to believe in the adage “Well begun is half done.” With both “Tanu Weds Manu” (2011) and its sequel, Rai starts with a great idea, some sparkling dialogue and interesting characters. But what you get in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is the cinematic equivalent of a car wreck.

‘Bombay Velvet’ debacle adds to Bollywood woes

May 22, 2015

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It’s being called the biggest debacle in recent Bollywood history. Anurag Kashyap’s “Bombay Velvet” could not have come at a worse time for an industry that has been struggling to find some magic at the cinemas for more than a year.

Exclusive: What Maneka Gandhi told India’s finance minister about child welfare budget cuts

May 19, 2015

Narendra Modi faces growing resistance from political friends and foes over some of his federal spending cuts as he nears his one-year anniversary as India’s prime minister. The government recently cut funding for programmes such as drinking water and welfare for women and children, saying that states can make better decisions on what to spend in their own backyards.

Book Talk: Mizoram’s pain yet to heal 29 years after peace accord

May 18, 2015

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Author Malsawmi Jacob was in high school when the independence movement in the future state of Mizoram began in 1966. Her father, an army subedar stationed in the hill town of Shillong, now in the state of Meghalaya, predicted at the time that ordinary people would bear the brunt of an armed conflict. He was right.

Movie Review: Bombay Velvet

May 15, 2015

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Indian dining apps move beyond listings as appetite for food technology grows

By Karen Rebelo
May 11, 2015

Online food companies in India whet people’s appetites. Now they want to satisfy their appetites.