Business Today

Cover story | August 25, 2019

Cafe Coffee Day's VG Siddhartha's death: What went terribly wrong?

Cafe Coffee Day's VG Siddhartha's death: What went terribly wrong?

Unravelling the mystery behind the death of India's coffee magnate

August 25, 2019

Editors note


Death Of A Coffee King

Siddhartha is an extreme example of how using debt to fund expansions can undo you

Leadership Spotlight



Harkirat Singh, MD, Aero Club (owns footwear major Woodland), entered the family business in 1993/94, scaled up the brand to Rs 1,250 crore and ventured into new categories

The Buzz


Rising Dues

For nearly 16 years, DoT and telcos were at loggerheads as they differed on the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) calculations

Working Session

In a welcome change, the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha appears to be the most productive in the last two decades

Under The Scanner

At the heart of the fight between co-founders of the IndiGo airlines are certain questionable Related Party Transactions or RPTs

Investors Wait & Watch

The cash-strapped Andhra Pradesh under new chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is keeping investors in a wait and watch mode with clarity yet to emerge on the way ahead on infrastructure, renewable energy and education

Slowdown Impacts Investment Too

Market leader Maruti Suzuki, which registered dismal financial results in the first quarter of FY2020, has reportedly put on hold plans to expand capacity at the Gujarat factory

Losing Momentum

With election-induced slowdown tapering off, experts expect order inflows to improve in the second half of FY20

Tighter Grip

The new CSR norms will force companies to focus on short-term projects

Put Own House In Order

The recent Budget decision on super tax has already led to an outflow of dollars by foreign investors

Govt Prevails Over Judiciary

Amid talk about recent amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, what got missed was the fight over authority between the judiciary and the government, an issue on which the latter seems to have prevailed

Revfin Green Lending

The Delhi-based firm finances owners of e-rickshaws and electric two-wheelers, and will soon support cleantech product manufacturers

The Hub


The Sovereign Dilemma

Even if the government decides to go ahead and issue sovereign bonds in foreign currency, its rising borrowings will continue to put pressure on liquidity in the domestic market

White Knight Or Great White Shark?

In a fund starved market, private equity firms with oodles of cash are stepping in to pick up anything they can. But there are dangers

Mid-Flight Turbulence

Is the truce between the warring co-founders of IndiGo for real?

Trade In Shackles

Lack of competitiveness, paucity of risk capital, infrastructure issues and a strong rupee are preventing exports from taking off

Losing Flavour

Dairy cooperatives need to shed their political tone and focus on business to stay afloat

"People Are Exaggerating EVs, But We Cannot Burn Fossil Fuels Like In The Past"

It is very important for a country and its politicians to set the right targets. It has become clearer than ever that we (the automobile industry) have to contribute to fighting climate change: Volkmar Denner, the Global CEO of Bosch

Piecing Together A Winning Strategy

Winning strategies should have enough flexibility to stay relevant and evolve in a fast-changing environment

The Break-Out Zone


Invest Like A Pro

Knowing where you stand in the excess-correction cycle will help you figure out an in-sync investment strategy

Makeover Mantra

If your cherished photographs, letters, music or other important documents are locked away in the analogue world, give them a digital lease of life with these simple do-it-yourself steps

When Holograms Go To Work

Microsoft's HoloLens 2 can be combined with other emerging technologies to help people at work

Of Serenity And Splendour

Discover everything you need to know about soul food, soothing decor, graceful fashion and a river retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas

A Pain In The Neck

Hyperparathyroidism could go undetected for years. if left untreated, it may cause severe health damage

Treacherous Terrain

The corner office has too many pitfalls, but building relationships with key stakeholders may help when the going gets tough

Special Reports


Back To School

Organisations, both new and old, big and small, are tying up with MOOC players to help their employees learn and grow

Reforming Education

Any improvement in the education sector in India has been in fits and starts. So, while the draft National Education Policy suggests changes in all segments of the sector, online coaching courses and MOOCs help fill in the gaps

Coaching Inc

A motley group of coaching institutes has extended its reach by offering supplement online content for students


Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, could be the most convenient way to upskill or reskill people and drive professional growth

"B-Schools Should Leverage What's Unique To India"

Sangeet Chowfla, President and CEO, Graduate Management Admission Council, which conducts the Graduate Management Admission Test, speaks to Sonal Khetarpal of Business Today about the demand for specialised courses and rise of non-US B-schools. Edited excerpts:

Starting A New Chapter

The National Education Policy draft is path-breaking in the changes it suggests to reform Indian education. But implementation and funding could be huge challenges