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Sangeeta Tanwar

Sangeeta Tanwar

Writer at Quartz India

Writer at Quartz India

  • Indian government is on an overdrive to welcome the US president Donald Trump. Authorities have resorted to quick-fixes to clean up Gujarat and Agra city and this reflects poorly on the government. To please the head of another state, Indian government is resorting to absurd measures. Civic agencies

    Indian government is on an overdrive to welcome the US president Donald Trump. Authorities have resorted to quick-fixes to clean up Gujarat and Agra city and this reflects poorly on the government. To please the head of another state, Indian government is resorting to absurd measures. Civic agencies are busy erecting walls along the route that Trump will take visiting India on Feb. 23 and 24. All this is being done to hide the unpleasant but real painful sight of hundreds of people living on streets struggling for basic things such as portable drinking water and sanitation facilities. Instead of spending crores of rupees on entertaining Trump, the Narendra Modi government would have done well to clean up things on the ground. Short-sighted measures such as putting gallons of water in Yamuna will come to a naught in the absence of a sustainable river cleaning programme. The moment, Trump leaves India, we will be back to staring at the painful real sight of a river without water, chaotic slums, and garbage dumps on city roads.

  • It is interesting to see how food and beverage (F&B) has grown to contribute 50:50 share in DLF Avenue's (earlier DLF Place) revenue along with retail sales. In retail and entertainment space (cinema chains), F&B is increasingly turning out to be the biggest brand differentiator. The rise of F&B says

    It is interesting to see how food and beverage (F&B) has grown to contribute 50:50 share in DLF Avenue's (earlier DLF Place) revenue along with retail sales. In retail and entertainment space (cinema chains), F&B is increasingly turning out to be the biggest brand differentiator. The rise of F&B says a lot about changing habits of Indian consumers. It is clear that more Indians are stepping out to eat seeking new flavours and dining experience. The growth in F&B revenues show how consumers' disposable income is increasing and they are choosing to spend it on food among other things.

  • Donald Trump, like Narendra Modi, believes in showmanship. With US elections approaching, Trump has made the smart choice of visiting India and holding a mega show in Gujarat, a state which counts many NRIs, an important business community and electoral (voting) group overseas as its own. The visit and

    Donald Trump, like Narendra Modi, believes in showmanship. With US elections approaching, Trump has made the smart choice of visiting India and holding a mega show in Gujarat, a state which counts many NRIs, an important business community and electoral (voting) group overseas as its own. The visit and grand show of unity and friendship will help Trump in wooing NRI voters back home. For India, the act of extending grand welcome to the US president, is in stark contrast to cold treatment that the government meted to succesfull entrepreneur and one of the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos. There are strategic political and business lessons to be learnt from both the approaches.

  • New-age technologies often present users with tough choices. There is this trade-off that one has to make between privacy and easy/free/paid access to vital piece of information. Increasing usage of voice assistants, which are convenient to use for a number of tasks, too, raise tough questions regarding

    New-age technologies often present users with tough choices. There is this trade-off that one has to make between privacy and easy/free/paid access to vital piece of information. Increasing usage of voice assistants, which are convenient to use for a number of tasks, too, raise tough questions regarding how much personal information is an individual ready to put out in the public. Most of the time privacy policies and consent are complex things to understand as they are too opaque, lengthy, and hidden behind confusing disclaimers. Therefore, it is important to know how vulnerable one is while using voice assistants or any other internet-connected device or network. It is critical to know the rules of engagement while using technology apps so as not to end up compromising one’s security and safety.

  • Among new-age technology-led businesses, Oyo as a hotel aggregator has stood out for its fast-paced expansion. After establishing a significant presence in India, it soon headed for international markets. However, in pursuit of quick growth, the company has slipped on multiple parameters including quality

    Among new-age technology-led businesses, Oyo as a hotel aggregator has stood out for its fast-paced expansion. After establishing a significant presence in India, it soon headed for international markets. However, in pursuit of quick growth, the company has slipped on multiple parameters including quality of service. Brand OYO has taken a beating with users increasingly complaining about poorly-maintained properties. Promising affordability, Oyo also has to deliver quality to survive in the long-run.

  • With a shortfall in revenues, it is to be seen how finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman goes about announcing structural policy reforms allocating more money for various sectors, thereby, boosting growth. As the writer mentions, there is an urgent need to revive rural growth. Uptick in rural growth will

    With a shortfall in revenues, it is to be seen how finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman goes about announcing structural policy reforms allocating more money for various sectors, thereby, boosting growth. As the writer mentions, there is an urgent need to revive rural growth. Uptick in rural growth will boost consumption demand and help arrest slump in the economy to certain extent. Other key areas for the finance minister to look into are generating employment, reviving growth in key industries including automobiles and manufacturing.

  • Hi Aman, thanks for pointing this out. We have updated the story to reflect that 73% of Indian respondents said that they have watched e-sports. That makes numbers clearer. Hope you will continue to read our stories and share your feedback with us.

  • With parody accounts flooding the internet putting all sorts of ban on Kunal Kamra, it would be interesting to see if real brands in the real world would show the courage, wisdom, and wits to talk about developments involving the stand-up performer and journalist Arnab Goswami. Iconic brand Amul's known

    With parody accounts flooding the internet putting all sorts of ban on Kunal Kamra, it would be interesting to see if real brands in the real world would show the courage, wisdom, and wits to talk about developments involving the stand-up performer and journalist Arnab Goswami. Iconic brand Amul's known for its classically executed adverts on topical issues and developments spanning politics, sports, and movies. I'm just wondering what the brand would have to say on the incident involving Kamra and Goswami.

  • It is no secret that the ongoing slump in Indian economy has impacted growth across sectors. The country's fast moving goods sector (FMCG) is no exception. However, with the sector having witnessed robust growth over the past few years, both rural and urban markets, industry stakeholders expected quick

    It is no secret that the ongoing slump in Indian economy has impacted growth across sectors. The country's fast moving goods sector (FMCG) is no exception. However, with the sector having witnessed robust growth over the past few years, both rural and urban markets, industry stakeholders expected quick recovery. To everyone's shock that has not been the case. In fact, bringing more bad news for FMCG playes, the growth in rural markets fell behind that of urban for the first time in the past seven years. With few signs of quick recovery in the economy and a continously falling GDP rates (gross domestic product), it appears that FMCG sector will have to wait longer for geting back to its winning ways.

  • With Uber's exit from food business, it is to be seen who reigns supreme in a business, which continues to see companies make heavy losses on every order. Players in the sector are far from reaching profitability. A competitor less may not see others cover more ground quickly. Food business is a hard

    With Uber's exit from food business, it is to be seen who reigns supreme in a business, which continues to see companies make heavy losses on every order. Players in the sector are far from reaching profitability. A competitor less may not see others cover more ground quickly. Food business is a hard space to be in and requires scale and high volume for any player to make money.