Chemists Have Called For A Nationwide Bandh To Protest Online Pharmacies

Chemists Have Called For A Nationwide Bandh To Protest Online Pharmacies

It’s the surest sign of an industry being disrupted – the protests by the incumbents. When Uber and Lyft had started cab-hailing services in the US, they had faced opposition from local taxi companies. When AirBnb starting letting out apartments, hotel chains had protested. And in a sign that online pharmacies have finally arrived in India, chemists have called for a 24 hour bandh to protest their existence. The All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD), an…

Arnab Goswami Wants To Build A Competitor To Take On BBC And CNN, Video Suggests

Arnab Goswami Wants To Build A Competitor To Take On BBC And CNN, Video Suggests

Arnab Goswami was firmly perched atop the Indian television totem pole. His 9 pm show on Times Now had the highest ratings of any English news channel, and while he had his share of detractors, he was fast transcending his status as a news anchor. He was becoming a pop culture phenomenon, one who was often lampooned, but never ignored. He’s now given it all up. Goswami quit Times Now last night in a shock…

How My Indian Amazon Account Was Hacked

How My Indian Amazon Account Was Hacked

I had just got back home after running some errands when my phone beeped. It was an email with the subject line ‘Il tuo ordine Amazon.it che include “Casio A-158WA Orologio Vintage”’. Assuming it to be spam, I ignored it when couple of minutes later, I received another email with the subject ‘Il tuo ordine è stato cancellato’. I opened the emails to see both were from Amazon Italy where the first mail was a…

Why Was Cyrus Mistry Removed As Tata Sons Chairman? Here Are The Theories That Are Going Around

Why Was Cyrus Mistry Removed As Tata Sons Chairman? Here Are The Theories That Are Going Around

Earlier today, Tata Sons made a shock announcement in which the group’s Chairman, Cyrus Mistry, was removed from his post. Ratan Tata, who had helmed the group till he had retired in 2012 when he’d turned 75, was instated as interim Chairman. Tata’s official announcement of its website is terse, and there are no reasons given for Mistry’s ouster. But the exit is unusual – Mistry term of four years was the shortest for any…

How WhatsApp’s Cofounder Promoted His App When It Was A Tiny Project, And No One Listened

How WhatsApp’s Cofounder Promoted His App When It Was A Tiny Project, And No One Listened

WhatsApp today is a global behemoth, and is the biggest messaging service on the internet. But less than a decade ago, it was yet another app on the App store, and was struggling to stand out.  That was when Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s cofounder, took to FlyersTalk to promote the app his team had recently developed. In October 2007, Koum posted on FlyerTalk’s message board.   Under the username jkb76, Koum started off with an apologetic “I hate…

More Engineering Colleges Means Less Employable Engineers, Says Study

More Engineering Colleges Means Less Employable Engineers, Says Study

India has seen an explosion in the number of engineering colleges, but that hasn’t helped the quality of its engineers. Aspiring Minds, an employment solutions company, has found that states having more engineering colleges produce less employable engineers. The study on employability of engineers was based on AMCAT (an aptitude test conducted by the company) scores of over 120,000 engineering students across the country who graduated in 2013. The study analyzed the relationship between the…

Nobody Gets A Discount On Tesla Cars – My Family, Friends Or Celebrities: Elon Musk

Nobody Gets A Discount On Tesla Cars – My Family, Friends Or Celebrities: Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s strategies for selling Tesla cars can’t be more different from those of Indian startups. Over the last few years, Indian startups have fallen over themselves to try and woo customers with discounts – there have been cashbacks, grand sales, and grand offers to sell everything from e-commerce goods to laundry services. Elon’s Musk’s Tesla Motors seems to take a diametrically opposite approach. “It is absolutely vital that we adhere to the no negotiation…

The Crazy Story Behind The Creation Of The Term “Unicorn”

The Crazy Story Behind The Creation Of The Term “Unicorn”

It’s often hard to figure out the provenance of words – they’re passed around, modified, and can get lost in the confusing maze of history and time. But every once in a while, it’s possible to pin down the exact moment a new word was created.  One such word is unicorn. Until a few years ago, unicorn didn’t mean anything – not to startups and entrepreneurs, anyway. A unicorn was a mythical creature with a white coat and a horn,…

Why Boycotting Chinese Goods During Diwali Is A Terrible Idea

Why Boycotting Chinese Goods During Diwali Is A Terrible Idea

When Pakistan attacked Indian soldiers in Uri, the public outcry was immediate. There were widespread demands for reprisals, and India duly acted, launching its own strikes against Pakistan. Throughout the tense few weeks, China, as it has done historically, stood steadily on Pakistan’s side. Many Indians now want to teach their eastern neighbour a lesson for lending its support to what they believe is a terrorist state. They plan to do this by boycotting Chinese products. Over the…

Chocolate Chip Cookies Inventor Sold The Recipe For $1 And A Lifetime’s Supply Of Chocolate

Chocolate Chip Cookies Inventor Sold The Recipe For $1 And A Lifetime’s Supply Of Chocolate

If you’ve discovered a popular recipe, and a large corporation offers to buy it from you, do you give it to them? Only if they throw in a lifetime of free chocolate. Ruth Graves Wakefield was the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie. In the 1930s, she and her husband ran a inn on a highway in the US. She cooked and served all the food and soon gained local fame for her lobster dinners and desserts….

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