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706, 2012

Royal Enfield for The National Abu Dhabi

June 7th, 2012|Business Column, Luxury, The National|

Royal Enfield reinventing the wheels Shoba Narayan Jun 7, 2012 In what could have been a risky manoeuvre, the 119-year old brand of Royal Enfield redesigned its motorbikes. Beloved in India, the new motorbikes are meant to be sleeker [...]

502, 2012

About Starbucks

February 5th, 2012|Business Column, The National|

Starbucks has to wake up and smell the coffee in India Shoba Narayan Café Coffee Day, an Indian coffee chain, will offer serious competition to Starbucks, which aims to open 50 outlets by the end of the year. Aijaz Rahi [...]

1612, 2011

Hotel Business

December 16th, 2011|Business Column, The National|

In the hotel business, bigger isn't always better Shoba Narayan (Writer) Jan 27, 2010   Mohammed is afraid of losing his job. I met the middle-aged man from Kerala in Bahrain's transit lounge. Emboldened by my few words of Malayalam, and since we [...]

1612, 2011

Secular India

December 16th, 2011|Business Column, The National|

A tolerant and secular India is a myth to make real Shoba Narayan (Writer) Mar 29, 2010   While the roots of Hindu-Muslim enmity in India run deep, every now and then - and dishearteningly, with increasing frequency - certain events [...]

1612, 2011

Secular India

December 16th, 2011|Business Column, The National|

A tolerant and secular India is a myth to make real Shoba Narayan (Writer) Mar 29, 2010   While the roots of Hindu-Muslim enmity in India run deep, every now and then - and dishearteningly, with increasing frequency - certain events [...]

1612, 2011

Microfinance

December 16th, 2011|Business Column, Columns, The National|

Microfinance has become a big deal for India's poorest Shoba Narayan (Writer) Aug 7, 2010   For all the controversy surrounding SKS Microfinance's initial public offering (IPO) last week, its shares were fully subscribed. SKS is India's largest and arguably most [...]

1612, 2011

Quintessentially and its use in India: The National Abu Dhabi

December 16th, 2011|Business Column, Luxury, The National|

India's super-rich a quintessentially complicated bunch Shoba Narayan Sep 26, 2010   I have a request for Paul Drummond, the boyish co-founder of Quintessentially, the UK-based luxury concierge service: can he get me into elBulli before it closes forever? If [...]

1612, 2011

Indian Pharma

December 16th, 2011|Business Column, The National|

A dose of Indian state support will keep drug firms healthy Shoba Narayan Oct 3, 2010   Indians are not pill poppers. Or so I thought until a report in the Lancet Infectious Disease Journal linked an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" to [...]

1612, 2011

Indian Pharma

December 16th, 2011|Business Column, The National|

A dose of Indian state support will keep drug firms healthy Shoba Narayan Oct 3, 2010   Indians are not pill poppers. Or so I thought until a report in the Lancet Infectious Disease Journal linked an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" to [...]

1612, 2011

Oberoi Hotels

December 16th, 2011|Business Column, The National|

White knight to old man's rescue when black-tie party's over Shoba Narayan (Writer) Sep 4, 2010 next previous   Hotel insiders in India have been wondering about the fate of the Oberoi hotels group for some time now, given that its [...]

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