Editorial

EDITORIAL

Open Sesame! We’ve all grown up with the delightful and popular tale of Ali Baba from Arabia who as a poor woodcutter stumbles upon immense wealth hidden inside a mountain cave and locked with the magical words of Sesame or Simsim. The story of China’s Alibaba has taken the world by storm and...

Up-to-Date

PM NARENDRA MODI MEETS US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

“Both India and USA are global engines of growth. Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the US President Donald Trump at the White House during his recent visit to the United States of America. Here are the key takeaways from their mee...

Cover Story

JACK AND THE INTERNET BEANSTALK

The moral of the popular English folktale Jack and the Beanstalk has to do with taking advantage of the opportunities that life provides. Here’s a modern version by Jack Ma It’s become part of popular folklore among industry folks that Jack Ma came up with the name Alibaba while sitting in a ...

Politics

STAR STRUCK IN TAMIL NADU

Anyone who follows Tamil Nadu politics even cursorily will know of the connection between the two leading parties — AIADMK and DMK — and the film industry, Kollywood. Five out of the seven chief ministers in the last 50 years have been from Tinsel Town. And every superstar in Kollywood is the ...

GST

GET SET TO BE TAXED TAXING TIMES

The whole tax regime is set to change. How will it affect our lives? For better or worse? Flooded with SMSes offering washing machines and airconditioners at almost 50 per cent discount, schoolteacher Sarika Grewal, is wondering whether to buy now or wait for GST to sink in. She does urgently nee...

Platform

TRUMPING THE CLIMATE

Trump has repeatedly called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by the chinese in the past.He also appointed former Exxon CEO Rex tillerson as Secretary of state and as secretary of state and a known climate denier scott pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. America’s President Do...

Merkel

EUROPE’S QUEEN

Angela Merkel will celebrate her 63rd birthday in July. Merkel has kept Germany wealthy and stable, as many of the countries around it struggle. Germany’s economy is the largest in Europe. Germany’s strength has resulted in a steady increase in its standing and influence in the world. This, in...

Cinema

MOTHER’S CHILD

Konkona Sen Sharma made her directorial debut with Death In The Gunj. The movie has already won the Best Director honour for Konkona at the New York Indian Film Festival. Known for her great acting abilities, Konkona’s first film as director could make a new beginning. She happens to be actor-di...

Garnish

EAT, PRAY, LOVE

During the month-long fasting of Ramzan, the old quarters of New Delhi come alive with long nights of feasting in between the fasting. In this cycle of daily ritual, it is time to pray, eat and love. The faasla (space) between fasting and feasting is an interesting one for all those who look forw...

Reading Room

ARUNDHATI ROY A WRITER OF BIG THINGS

Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the 1997 Booker Prize for her debut novel The God of Small Things, the Indian novelist’s second, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, is out. Twenty years in the making, the Ministry is no ordinary book and will take the world by storm once again. Among Indian p...

Travel

TRAVEL

Tea Time in Darjeeling Go off the beaten track and filmi photo ops for some quaint tea garden time in this Himalayan town. Go off the beaten path and enjoy Darjeeling for what it really is – its tea gardens and estates, the vintage tea manors and bungalows, and aromatic tea factories that offer...

Hospitality

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IN INDIA

A BIG CONTRIBUTOR TO ECONOMY’S GROWTH With a consistently growing middle class and increasing disposable income, the tourism and hospitality sector is witnessing a healthy growth and accounts for 7.5 per cent of the country's GDP. According to a report by KPMG, the hospitality sector in India i...

Founders Day

MEASURE OF A LIFE

The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation. With the theme for 2017 being Multitude Brilliance and Dynamism, our founder’s donation to society and to all of us in the MBD family speaks of a man who remains larger than life July 10 every year is an important day in t...