Business Today

Cover story | June 28, 2009

The best cities to work, play and live

Changing work culture, transformed lifestyles and rise of the services industry make ‘life after work’ as important as ‘life at work’. Chronicling this trend for the first time, BT’s ranking of best cities shows some big changes.

Gurgaon tops BT's best five cities list

However, it scores a distant 11th in the ‘Life after Work’ index — not because of a lack of malls, restaurants or movie theatres of which it has plenty — but because of its shoddy roads and inconsistent power supply.

Noida catches up with top five cities

It isn’t as posh as Gurgaon but Noida outstrips its neighbourhood rival in the generation of jobs, registering 14% employment growth versus 11% in Gurgaon, thanks to a fountain of small scale units.

The methodology

This is a two-pronged study incorporating the results from secondary as well as primary data. Primary data was collected by way of an online survey. The secondary component was primarily used to create indices. This is done in the following manner:

Cities in numbers

A selection of indicators and survey results showing the best and the worst of Life at Work and Life after Work.

Race against time

Commonwealth Games can transform Delhi by overhauling it's infrastructure. It can provide better roads, power and water supply. But the city is not making the most of the opportunity. Shalini S. Dagar goes into the details.


Free financial diagnosis

Keeping tabs on your investments regularly is the first step to intelligent investing. Online trackers make your task easy.

A safe bet

Short-term debt funds have emerged as an attractive investment option for investors.

Curbing mis-selling

Your insurance agent will lose heavily if he sells you a policy that has a hefty first-year premium.

Policy Watch

To go from zero to ten

At the close of the UPA’s last term in April, BT rated its top economic ministers. Our conclusion: the good, the not-so-good and the bad individual performances collectively drew a zero. Still, voters handed it another—stronger—mandate. Here’s where the new ministers stand for earning a 10 for UPA’s second tenure.



People, places, products

A snapshot of people, products and places in news.

Leadership Spotlight

Adi Godrej on leadership

Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group, on his leadership style.


Ready to fire

A clutch of Indian conglomerates is keen to grab a piece of the Indian defence pie. So, what’s stopping them?

The web's deadliest searches

Keying in ‘how to earn money’ or ‘Katrina Kaif’ on any popular search engine, could expose a computer to hackers.

The QIP windfall

As stock markets soar, India Inc. has found a slick way to raise capital on the double. But a few dodgy promoters may join the party.

Upload and be damned

T-Series’ aggressive moves in protecting its intellectual property (IP) have opened a can of worms for consumers and companies alike.

Business jargon

A recent survey in the UK found these jargons to be the most disliked. Watch this space for more jargon busting in forthcoming issues.

Jet loses to gain

Having given up the largest domestic carrier status to Kingfisher, Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal is breathing a tad easier.

Film fest to bail out plexes

52 films by global film makers to be screened, a new one each week, courtesy Palador Pictures

If Bharti Airtel and MTN marryâ?¦

The union will throw up some mind-boggling numbers:

Whatâ??s on the FMâ??s plate

Here is a sample of the demands that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee faces from some of his colleagues as he prepares for UPA 2’s first Budget.

To bankruptcy and back

All is not lost for the economically bankrupt as some legendary businessmen have proved in the past. Sometimes, it’s simply the beginning of a new journey.

'108' set to save more lives

On May 26, GVK group chairman G.V. Krishna Reddy took over controls of the Hyderabad headquartered Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI) from Satyam, giving the ‘108' emergency service a new lease of life.

Tatas on a building spree

Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) is literally building India, with several new infrastructure projects in its hands. TRIL’S new MD and CEO, former IAS officer Sanjay Ubale can claim some credit for this.

Focus-Well said

“In my new innings, we will provide world-class infrastructure both on ground and air. Issues of air safety, congestion in the skies will get priority. FDI in the sector may happen eventually. Airlines should exercise caution and not overstretch themselves”
Praful Patel, Civil Aviation Minister, to news agencies

A chronology of pictorial warnings against smoking

All cigarette packets sold in India will now carry a pictorial warning about its ill-effects, joining an increasing league of nations who have similar laws.

BT Retro: The doctorâ??s choice

Circa 2004, Singh is politician first, economist later. His government is a coalition of 15 parties, and dependant on the support of the Communist Party of India, CPI, and Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI (M).

Numbers of note

11 million: The number of people who watched the IPL semifinal between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers on Set Max

Roads: Rs 1,785 crore heritage route

A proposal is now with the Planning Commission to allocate Rs 1,785 crore for the balance period of the 11th Plan for “Dandi Heritage Road”.

How power shortage hits India Inc.

Most businesses such as IT, banks, telecom networks and manufacturing processes require 24x7 “uptime” or uninterrupted power supply.

BT-Carma CEO watch

India’s and the world’s most talked-about CEOs in the past 30 days.


Foaming with action

India's beer market is ready to boom despite of a slew of irrational governmental policies and restrictions.

IPL boost for India Inc.

The just-concluded IPL 2 looks set to usher in a vigorous engagement between Indian and South African businesses.

Succession planning, B.K. Modi style

The patriarch, who once doggedly pursued joint ventures with global majors, now wants his son and daughter to build their own tech-savvy next-gen brand.

Big bing, big bang

Microsoft’s latest search engine is impressive, but not a Google killer.

In the shadow of big retail

Most kirana and mom-and-pop stores have been able to hold their own against the might of India Inc’s giant retail formats. Can they survive in the long run? Business Today walks into five such stores in the metros to gauge the pulse of unorganised retailing. The verdict: Don’t write them off, yet.

Making every moment count

Keeping a time log will help you figure out how you are using—or wasting—your time.

Pushing the accelerator instead of brakes

Focussing on growth when it should have been working on consolidation cost Subhiksha its business. Can it make a comeback?

At Warrenâ??s annual Buffet

Business Today catches up with four pilgrims who made the long trip to Omaha to hear the Oracle speak at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual general meeting.


The desirable and the doable

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can harvest several low-hanging fruits in his second term— most of them in the first three months.

Lessons from my political odyssey

Politics and business have a lot to learn from each other as the experience of ABN Amro’s India chief proves.

How to raise up to Rs 50 lakh crore

Maruti’s first disinvestment was at Rs 13 a share. When we disinvested beyond 50 per cent, government got Rs 115 per share. After privatisation, we realised Rs 678 for each share.

A long-term Bull Run

More of India’s high savings will find their way into the equity markets. Most analysts are vastly underestimating the effect of this mountain of savings entering the stock market.


Growing a new crop of talent

India Inc. is increasingly going rural. Is it geared up to face the talent challenges?


Opportunity for reforms

Your cover story (BT, June 14, 2009) has done well to draw the right comparisons between the newly elected UPA government and its previous avatar.

Editor-in-Chiefs note

From the editor-in-chief: June 28, 2009

We all know how speed and connectivity are transforming the business environment. The same forces are also driving change in the need for business information.