Monday, June 8, 2015

How Startups Are Getting Funds From Ratan Tata With Just An Email?

For Nidhi Agarwal, founder of startup Kaaryah, the decision to seek investment from Ratan Tata happened quite serendipitously. In February, Agarwal's father pointed to a newspaper report about the business doyen's financial backing for an ecommerce startup, and said: "Yours is an ecommerce startup too, so why don't you ask him?"

Agarwal, 34, took the advice seriously, and started scouring around for Tata's email address. Three months on, her online fashion retail startup can count Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons as an investor.

So what does investment by Tata mean for her? "To begin with, your newspaper is calling me," the former Bain & Company consultant said, referring to media attention.


Why so many people around the world want to know  “What is the net worth of Ratan Tata”?

TATA Group is running 96 businesses and out of which 28 Companies are publicly listed on the various stock exchanges.  Tata Group is world’s top 50 Group according to Market  capitalization and Reputation.

Have you ever thought of  why Ratan Tata’s name is not in  the list of   billionaire’s club? Why Ratan Tata is not a billionaire on the Forbes  magazine list of billionaire people of the world? The reason is that, TATA Group’s 96 companies are held by its main  Company “TATA Sons” and the main owner of this  TATA Sons is not Ratan  Tata but various charitable organizations developed and run  by TATA  Group  Out of which JRD TATA Trust & Sir Ratan Tata Trust are the main groups.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dubai Gave Me Everything I Wanted... And Less

Inspired by a book's title, this is my version of Dhobitalao to Dubai. A tale of a girl who packed her bags and left her comfortable life behind to be part of a luxurious rat-race.

Mumbai, that's where I've spent 23 years of my life, along with family, close friends, and where I've experienced humility and warmth. Usually, those who've lived in Mumbai for any length of time cement their roots and vow to never leave. I, on the other hand, always assumed that leaving Mumbai might even be desirable. I was done with the plague of dirt, corruption and uncertainty. The low-paying job left me slacking on my travel plan, the unexciting routine, the horrible local train travel, the crowd and the insecurities of being a girl. All summed up to make the decision of moving much easier.

Special Report: Delhi's Sufi Dargah Reduced To Rubble By Unauthorized Constructions Around The Shrine

If the wafting aroma of biryani and kebabs accompanied by the scent of rose petals and incense sticks doesn't get you, then the stench and sight of trash definitely will. 

All around, the age-old walls are crumbling under the weight of unauthorised construction and the incessant spawning of roofs and new shops.

Windows have been drilled into the ornate walls. The stones which narrate 700 years worth of stories, have lost character.

Through neglect, deep wide cracks have besmirched the rich calligraphy and floral motifs on the walls.

This is the current state of the holy site of Hazrat Nizamuddin's dargah, which is Sufism's most revered place of pilgrimage.

Friday, May 3, 2013


By Prof.Wangchuk Robello (Guest Writer)

In Meghalaya, north-east India, women own the land, Christianity dominates and the landscape is straight out of The Hobbit. Our writer visits a most unusual state.

"I'm the supreme power in my house," declared Dave the shopkeeper. "That is certain." Behind him his wife and female relatives giggled. He turned and glared until they agreed that he was definitely the boss.

The women had good reason to snigger. The shopkeeper does not own the shop – it belongs to his wife. He has four children – three sons and one daughter. But none of them went by his family name: they all had his wife's surname, and the daughter would inherit the shop.