Sushila Ravindranath

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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

Opinion News

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.

Opinion News

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. News

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 News

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 News

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.

Opinion News

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  News

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. News

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.

Opinion News

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. News

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 News

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,  News

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.

Opinion News

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

Opinion News

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

Opinion News

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 News

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.

Opinion News

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 News

Food Cafe: ‘Batteries are the new oil’, IIT Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthy explains how India needs to catch missed buses in technology

The director of IIT Madras—which is entering the diamond jubilee year—shares with Sushila Ravindranath that, in this era of GST, it is easy to figure out where the value-added lies, and anything that is value-added should

food sector, food industry News

How employers can create right atmosphere to get women into employment

The social entrepreneur, and founder & president of Avtar Career Creators, shares with Sushila Ravindranath that the government has to work hand-in-hand with both large and small companies, including SMEs, to create the right

Opinion News

How thinking out-of-the-shell helped SKM Egg launch innovative egg-based product

SKM Egg Products Export (India) Ltd, based in Erode, Tamil Nadu, has recently introduced ‘egg white cubes’ in the domestic market. SKM Shree Shivkumar, the managing director of SKM Eggs, says this is the first such produc

SKM Egg launch, tamil nadu, USDA, European Union, International Egg Commission, TIDCO News

We will enter the equity market in two years, says MD of CavinKare

The founder, chairman & managing director of CavinKare shares with Sushila Ravindranath how the privately-held Chennai-based company is considering new growth options, including focusing on international business and going pu

Opinion News

RIP Kalaignar – The stalwart of Dravidian politics: History will be kind to Karunanidhi

The stalwart of Dravidian politics will be remembered for his social welfare politics as much as for being willingly blind to DMK leaders’ alleged role in the 2G scam

Karunanidhi, Kalaignar, m Karunanidhi death, DMK leader, tamil nadu, Tamil Nadu politics, detail news on karunanidi News

How Chennai-based TTK Group got its mojo back in the complicated Indian condom industry

After 40 years in the business, the Chennai-based TTK Group had to start from scratch in the condom industry. It has, however, almost regained its lost market and has climbed to the number two position in a short span of six

Opinion News

How CSK became a super sports brand

Big IPL wins and the understated charm of Dhoni helped CSK score.

csk, ipl News
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