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Sushila Ravindranath

Articles By Sushila Ravindranath

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Lockdown in Chennai: In the battle between life and livelihood, CM Palaniswami has chosen life

Chennai Lockdown: Chennai and the locked down districts have many leading tier-1 manufacturers of auto components.

Apparently, doctors and bureaucrats strongly recommended a tight lockdown.

How an NGO and the Tamil Nadu govt worked together to send migrants home

Tamil Nadu probably managed the migrant labour situation better than most states till it came to planning their travel back home.

The next major challenge was when the migrants wanted to return home.

Govt should provide relief to healthcare: Dr PC Reddy, founder chairman, Apollo Hospitals

Dr Reddy believes the country must be mindful of the galloping growth of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis which is going to be another huge health burden.

Reinventing start-ups: Innovating for the Covid-19 era

Chennai-based Inthree Access Services was founded in 2013 on the belief that rural India is more than willing to buy branded white goods.

Right dosage during pandemic: Remotely administered consultation will help stop overcrowding of hospitals

Technology is making it possible for telemedicine to find its right place in India’s healthcare system.

EXPLAINED: Why India shouldn’t follow the developed countries’ model for urbanisation

The chairman of Celeris Technologies shares with Sushila Ravindranath the near-future disruptions in the field of automotive and mobility, and why India shouldn’t follow the developed countries’ model for urbanisation.

auto sector, auto industry

Regional CaFE: Tamil Nadu; New-age tyres for the new age

TVS Tyres has been investing in the right processes, and R&D, to stay ahead on the road.

Small businesses in competition with Google! Fighting war without fighting to win

The CEO of Sulekha.com shares with Sushila Ravindranath how the company’s focus on expert service listings has pushed it headlong into competition with Google, and it is fighting a war without fighting to win. It aims to be

DakshinaChitra: Recreating and reliving our heritage

The founder and chairman of DakshinaChitra heritage museum shares with Sushila Ravindranath why there is a need to bring such arts to the public in a participative, enjoyable and engaging way.

How Lotte aims to expand in India

Sensing opportunities in the confectionery business, the South Korean major aims to double its presence in India

Lotto India has a turnover of Rs 300 crore. It is a profitable operation.

Food cafe: Working on solutions for ‘very’ Indian problems

Jhunjhunwala, a professor at IIT Madras Research Park, tells Sushila Ravindranath that the Park brings together faculty with their wealth of knowledge, industry with its capacity to monetise innovation, and students with thei

IIT Madras Research Park, R&D Centres of Excellence, Incubation Cell, robotics, R&D companies, Ashok Jhunjhunwala, TeNeT

Running out of water, and time: Chennai can no longer depend only on surface and groundwater sources

Worldwide water use for agriculture is 70%. In India it is 90%. Even in Chennai metropolitan area it is 80%. Households consume only 10%. India is known to be highly inefficient consumer of water for agriculture.

Chennai water crisis, Running out of water, Chennai, surface, groundwater source, Census, monsoon, rainfall, water crisis, water consumption, india

Capillary Technologies: A SaaS leader rises from Bengaluru

Even if WeWork is in trouble the office is still being reinvented. It could lead to a two-tier system.

For well-run NBFCs, liquidity is no longer a problem

The managing director of Sundaram Finance Ltd shares with Sushila Ravindranath the reasons why the country is facing an economic downturn, the various problems facing the NBFC sector, the liquidity crunch, and offers some wor

NBFC, TT Srinivasaraghavan,  Sundaram Finance Ltd, housing finance,  general insurance, auto industry, electric vehicles, liquidity 

Explained: How Vikatan became a contextual content company driven by technology

Vikatan has been ranked number one Tamil weekly by the Indian Readership Survey (IRS). Its TV shows reach 12 million homes.

Vikatan went online in 1997 because its readers outside the state were getting the magazine late due to postal delays.

Industry doesn’t need sops; it needs clarity in procedures

Sugar, one of the group’s major businesses, has been shaky in the last few years. It has had to shut down manufacturing at its Puducherry plant and at two of its Tamil Nadu units.

Ilayaraja, music and the ever-lasting confusion over copyright

There was a wave of shock when he served a legal notice on singer SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB), who has given a huge number of hits with the composer when he was performing concerts in the US.

Many hearings later, the Madras High Court delivered its verdict recently.

Rural India wants branded white goods

Inthree’s success shows a tremendous opportunity lies in the sheer scale that rural India offers

rural india, rural economy

Regional cafe: Finally getting easier to start-up, attract talent and grow in Chennai

People are venturing into familiar and not-so-familiar areas. Take the example of PurpleTeal, which operates Tweak & Eat, an AI-powered wellness app for weight management.

chennai, Tamil Nadu, e-commerce companies, start ups, opinion news

Packaged idli is going places; 400 calories of healthy food in your pocket

You can carry 400 calories of healthy food in your pocket

Packaged idli, healthy foo, dosa, urad dal, south Indian homes, idli making, World Idli Day, Chennai, Murugan Idli Shop, 

Reservation a path to social justice, not easing poverty

Over breakfast, the leader of Tamil Nadu’s Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) explains Sushila Ravindranath why caste is still a vital force in Tamil Nadu. He adds that society has changed in the last few decades, and wil

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DMK-Congress combine appears to have edge over BJP-AIADMK in Tamil Nadu

The BJP continues to be seen as a party from the North that will impose Hindi on the Tamils and has no sympathy for Tamil aspirations or culture.

Decoding the Tamil psyche: Why the Tamil Nadu development model has succeeded

The Tamil historian and writer AR Venkatachalapathy shares with Sushila Ravindranath that the Tamil Nadu developmental model has succeeded because there is widespread education network, serious attempts at sensitisation and i

Aroma of success: Cycle Pure Agarbathies unfazed by competition from a giant like ITC

Competition from a giant corporation like the ITC or from the widespread unorganised sector has not shaken Cycle Pure Agarbathies from the leadership position it holds. The company has been expanding its product range to move

High and lows of N Srinivasan — the man who lived and breathed cement in entire life

The vice-chairman & MD of India Cements shares with Sushila Ravindranath the highs and lows he faced in the cement industry

N Srinivasan, cricket, cement industry, Gurunath Meiyappan, Supreme Court, India Cements Ltd, Coromandel Fertilisers Ltd

Regional cafe – Tamil Nadu: Surviving disasters

A state that has gotten its fundamentals right can hold its own in spite of the stream of problems coming its way.

What’s the future of handmade soaps? Iconic Medimix is facing tough competition from MNCs

The iconic handmade soap brand Medimix is facing tough competition from MNCs and home-grown brands, but the company believes it can ‘innovate’

handmade soaps, future of handmade soaps, Medimix, handmade Ayurvedic soap, Ayurveda
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