My comments on 2 issues of BT

Here are my comments on 2 issues of BT

Women on TOP 


This refers to your issue dated 29th Nov 09 on “The 30 most powerful women in Indian Business.” Congratulations on your excellent coverage!  This refers to BT issue dated 13.12.2009 on “India’s Best Banks”. Overall, it was a well packed collector’s special issue and was simply ‘un-put-downable’. I have tried to rate the TOP 4 articles of the issue here below:


It goes to show that Indian women are no more mere show-pieces to adorn the drawing rooms of their homes. Over the last decade or so, they have carved a distinct niche for themselves in this so called ‘male-dominated‘world. They are rightly harvesting the benefits of globalization and have made themselves very visible in the media in the domestic as well as in the international arena. They have proved their expertise, entrepreneurial skills and their multi-tasking  skills and are very rightly, basking in the glory of their being listed in your coveted list of powerful icons. 


It must have been a very tough choice to list your thirty power plus engines! Thank God, you did not rank them, since I believe that they all are Number One in their respective fields.


Some names seem to have missed your power list for example- Priya Paul, Ritu Kumar, Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Akhila Srinivasan, Ekta Kapoor,Shahnaz Hussain, Simone Tata, Tarjani Vakil, etc .


The brief Q&A sessions with some of them were also quite interesting, though you could have come out with some really interesting facts about these gorgeous ladies- for example, Naina Lal Kidwai, was reportedly the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School, or  that Kiran M Shaw has studied brewing and is a qualified brewer from an Australian university. Heady, isn’t it ?


Further,the add-ons like the young and the restless inheritors and Kokilaben the-mother-of-all-Ambanis-controversy with brief glimpses of her two bahus Tina and Nita, also added value to your issue.


As a visiting/guest faculty member in a premier MBA institute, I have strongly recommended reading of this issue to my students-most of whom are girls,so that they can learn some useful lessons from the lives of these gritty women.


A  Five Star (*****) Rated Issue, I can say. Kudos!



New Delhi.   



No.1: India’s Best Banks –Study, for its incisive insight into three categories of Banks-Top Guns, Mid Size and Small Wonders, along with its cautionary note that though the Indian Banking System has weathered the global slowdown storm, it is not yet out of the woods. An excellent job!


No.2: BT Event ‘Power Rangers’-with its galaxy of powerful women with their voices and eminently quotable quotes. Arun Purie paid the best complement to the women brigade through his quip that “If Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters, then the markets would have grown rather than crashed.“A good show!


No.3: Indira Nooyi’s inspiring speech of 13th November 2009.What I liked most was her statement that ‘only with the partnership with men, women can bring about the reforms’. “Behind every successful woman, stands a man”, is her new quote on role reversal perhaps ! An enlightening speech!


No.4: HBR’s interesting case study-“Why you didn’t get the promotion”, giving some valuable tips to those who missed the corporate ladder’s bus, as well as busting some myths. Well done!


In short, a big Thank You for a “paisa vasool” issue!



New Delhi

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