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A critical overview of the Indian Shinkansen

The Shinkansen is one of the most reputed and reliable train systems in the world. Shinkansen is Japanese for ‘New Trunk Line’ & English for ‘Bullet Train’. It has established a record for being punctual, clean and insanely efficient leading to it arguably becoming Japan’s lifeline much like how the Delhi metro and Mumbai local are lifelines for their respective cities. Recently, India and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a

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  With our little start up getting more real and serious everyday, we figured we needed the real funds to start coming in. A series of investor meetings started lining up – each one with a different outcome. Some great feedback, some good and some just plain “why are you guys wasting your time with this ?” Yes , some of the feedback did hurt but ‘just keep moving’ became our constant thought and action.

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Beginning of the Grind and the Festive Season Combined

Brainstorming while experimenting different cocktails and dreams (yes, I still love Tom Cruise) at various venues was what our new family did for the next 3 months. We had a new excuse to go OUWT even more now – it was all to figure out exactly what kind of product we wanted to create. With a fair share of procrastination and some pretty fun ideas, we saw ourselves getting serious about new work quite naturally.

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The politico-capitalist nexus: crony capitalism

 It was the summer of 1766 when Ivan Polzunov, a Russian mechanic’s apprentice, invented a steam engine which was completely independent of the use of water power culminating into one of the most remarkable designs which had the potential to accelerate the industrial revolution by leaps and bounds. The project was sent to Empress Catherine II. She awarded him 400 rubles but did not seem to appreciate the new technology, as she found the British

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Return of the enterprising: From Silicon Valley to the Sahyadris

There has never been a better time to be in India or so one would think looking at the number of entrepreneurs who have made India home after their stints in some of the top schools and corporation in the americas. This is in sharp contrast to just about a decade ago when everyone in India was losing sleep over the migration of finest Indian brains to the Silicon Valley, terming it the brain drain.

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Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

Thank you for your patience in reading this. I was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing I noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for me. He handed me a laminated card

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9 lessons I learnt after graduating from a b-school

Exactly nine years ago, I set foot on the campus of my first employer as a management trainee along with a batch of twenty others like me. Back in 2006, with an open economy the business in India had gone confidently global, and was in a tango promising to match the world step for step. For anyone graduating from a half-decent B-School, it was a heady time to join the MNC world and dream big.

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Business lessons on a cruise from Dil Dhadakne Do

Now what’s a Bollywood romcom flick like Dil Dhadakne Do (Let The Heart Beat.. for those non conversant with Hindi) got to do with business? Plenty if you ask me. I will however keep this short and snappy, unlike the 2:51 minute saga; to give you five lessons that I recommend business folk take from this latest Zoya Akhtar’s production. Lesson 1: Drive the obsession for quality down the ranks. Kamal Mehra (played by peerless Anil

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“Smart Buildings” Today

Rewind to a few years ago when Smart Buildings were more of science fiction than reality. Fast forward to today and you’ll notice an amazing transition tempered with excitement to create a reality that few could fathom. This is owed to a few courageous building owners and developers in India and overseas, who have adopted intelligent & integrated building systems. Buildings have to be smarter to handle the large-scale urbanization and has to find new

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