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Inside Forbes India Podcast

Forbes India in association with TheIndicast.com bring you conversations with the people behind the Forbes India Magazine. Listen to what went in developing the cover story and special reports in the latest issue of the Forbes India Magazine along with expert insights on the top news in one from the most vibrant world economies


Forbes India Cover Story # 227: What to expect in Budget 2019
Forbes India editor Brian Carvalho assesses what the July Budget session will have in store for industries big and small, farmers and rural India, the public sector and startup ecosystem. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...

Forbes India Cover Story # 226: Blackstones big bet in India
Cover story author Pooja Sarkar speaks about her deep dive into how the firm magnified its India operations, deploying deployed roughly 10.4 billion USD across private equity, real estate and tactical opportunities. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...


Forbes India Cover Story # 223: Tenth Anniversary Special
If this decade was about voice control, will the next be about gestures. What will the role of data be. As Forbes India turns 10, we take a deep look at how India has transformed in this time, and what lies ahead. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...


Royal Enfield's silver bullet
After five straight months of falling sales, Siddhartha Lal brings in a CEO and takes a step back to focus on a bigger, global picture. Will that bring the good times back?...

Ahmedabad's Billionaires
How the Gujarat industrial hub emerged as the city with the fourth-largest number of India's billionaires...









Forbes India Cover Story # 200: Let there be light
How the Uttamchandanis are transforming the 11,500 crore rupee group from a predominantly trading firm into a fast moving electrical goods maker. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...


Forbes India Cover Story # 194: Land of Plenty
How Ajay Piramal and son Anand are marrying property development with high finance to offer a suite of solutions to developers, and residential and office spaces to customers. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...


Forbes India Cover Story # 193: Paytm 2.0
Inside Vijay Shekhar Sharmas grand bet to have half a billion Indians using his app to earn, save and spend. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...



Forbes India Cover Story # 186: Fine by Mi
How Xiaomi broke out of the pack to challenge Samsung for the number one spot in the Indian smartphone market. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com....

Forbes India Cover Story # 182: DMart The value shop
At Rs 69000 crore, DMart is Indias most valued retail venture, Thanks in no small measure to Radhakishan Damanis vision and Neville Noronhas acumen. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com....






Forbes India Cover Story # 170: Flipkart being battle ready
With a fresh billion in the bank, a big ticket acquisition in the works, CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy and team are arming Indias biggest etailer to take on rival amazon in a fight to the finish. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...


Forbes India Cover Story # 168: Being brick and mortar
Innovation and risk taking are not the preserve of the digital world. Real estate players, always on a roller coaster ride, are navigating new challenges with fresh thought and persistence. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...



Forbes India Cover Story # 163: The big reboot
Narendra Modi has taken boldest step with demonetisation. The task before Arun Jaitley will now be to ensure uninterrupted growth. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...


Forbes India Cover Story # 160: A question of trust
The bruising boardroom war between Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry has shaken the iconic business group and raised larger issues about corporate structures and governance. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...


Forbes Life India # 7: Real Talk
Abhilasha Khaitan, editor Forbes Life India talks about what drives Mira Nair, the prolific and peerless filmmaker who has entertained millions around the world. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com....


Forbes India Cover Story # 156: 100 Richest Indians 2016
As the country seeks to free itself from the shackles of red tape and stakes claim in the ease of business sweepstakes, the unleashing of entrepreneurial energies is evident in the 2016 Forbes India Rich List. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...

Forbes Life India # 6: Travellers United
Abhilasha Khaitan, editor Forbes Life India, talks about the lives of Sidharth Malhotra and Rohit Sharma who have been profiled in this issue. And we travel across the world in search of authentic flavours to whet your appetite. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com....


Forbes India Cover Story # 154: Northern Giants 2016
The challenges of the past five years are behind it. Pawan Munjal is now preparing Hero MotoCorp, the worlds largest two wheeler maker, for the future. This podcast also covers top businesses from Northern India. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com....

Forbes India Cover Story # 153: Hidden Gems 2016
Here are six companies that are away from the public eye but delivering value to millions of customers. They have patient capital, few investors and more importantly they are profitable. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com....








Forbes India Cover Story # 132: Hidden Gems 2015
Economic resurgence is inevitably linked to the entrepreneurial march in India. Happily, the risk takers have not been waiting for regulatory overhauls. Both established and new players are innovating to grow in a competitive environment. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com....


Forbes India Cover Story # 130: The state of enterprise
MAKE IN INDIA is not just a government campaign. It is fast becoming a ground reality. From industrialists who are encouraged by Narendra Modis intent to young entrepreneurs fuelled by ideas and capital availability, there is enough evidence of a positive turn, notwithstanding the niggles and persisting concerns. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com....



Forbes Life India # 1: Reimagining Indianness
In the pilot episode of Forbes Life India, editor, Abhilasha Khaitan takes us through what Forbes Life India is about and why this issue is all about Karan Johar, Khadi and tribal art. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com...














Forbes India Cover Story # 90: Micromax grows up
Once a scrappy challenger, the company Rahul Sharma cofounded is now aiming to dislodge Samsung as Indias top smartphone maker. Rohin Dharmakumar joins in to talk about his cover story on Micromax....





Forbes India Cover Story # 77: Rediscovering America
The American economy is on its recovery course. Shishir Prasad, the executive editor and Cuckoo Paul, the senior associate editor tell us what this means for Indian firms wanting to invest in the land of opportunities....


Forbes India Cover Story # 75: The Worlds billionaires
The ranks of the worlds billionaires, as monitored and tallied by our global wealth team, have yet again reached all time highs. Nazneen Karmali who has worked closely with the Forbes US team to publish the list joins in and talks about her experience....

Forbes India Cover Story # 74: The Soul of the new corporation
Call it what you will. CSR, Conscious Capitalism, or Shared Value. Smart CEOs know that Milton Friedmans credo, The social responsibility of a business is to increase its profits is pretty much dead today. In this podcast, Cuckoo Paul and Mitu Jayshankar pepper the talk about CSR with some interesting examples....


Forbes India Cover Story # 73: A new state of mind
Indias centre of gravity is shifting to the states as they throw up more stories of the growth and the development. Will the next phase of nation building happen away from centre. Senior editors Dinesh Narayanan and Udit Misra talk about the complex relationship between the states and the centre....



Forbes India Cover Story # 67: Forbes India Philanthropy Awards
Financial success that does not come at the cost of society, that seeks to grow by helping those less fortunate to improve their lives as well. Associate editor, Mitu Jayashankar and Indrajit Gupta, Editor in chief joins us to talk about the Forbes India Philanthropy Awards....




Forbes India Cover Story # 58: How to build a great nation
It is time to set aside ambitions of great power and focus on building a great nation, says Sundeep Waslekar president of the Strategic Foresight Group, a think tank that advises many governments around the world on policy matters....



Forbes India Cover Story # 52: Whither BRIC?
In the episode Shishir Prasad and Dinesh Narayanan talk about BRIC nations, whose economic growth outpaced most other for much of the last decade, are now begining to show sign of losing steam....

Forbes India Cover Story # 51: Be Good Or Be Stupid
In the episode Charles DAssisi and Shishir Prasad talk about why virture makes solid business sense. Also, this episode marks the 2nd anniversary of the Inside Forbes India podcast. We hope that you keep supporting us by tuning in every fortnight....



Forbes India Cover Story # 45: Why Indian CEOs Are Optimistic On The Way Ahead
Yous would imagine CEOs of even the best run Indian companies would be worried stiff and tentative about how to plan, amidst all the uncertainty this year. But guess what? After talking to a range of CEOs across industries as diverse as infrastructure, retail, software and financial services, it is amply clear that India Inc. is fighting back....


Forbes India Cover Story # 44: UP in the Air
In a year as tough as this, the prudent investor will need to mix sound defence with shrewd offence. Insights from the worlds best investment minds will make the task just a little easier....



Forbes India Cover Story # 38: 100 Richest Indians
There are more billionaires in this years list of Forbes 100 Richest Indians. But on the downside, Indias wealthiest saw their fortune come down by 59 billion USD, a factor attributed to the volatile Sensex. The top 10 names have also been disturbed, while 19 of the countrys smart entrepreneurs have gained more wealth. Prince Thomas, the Senior Assistant Editor joins us to talk about the richest Indians in business....

Forbes India Cover Story # 36: Param Uberoi Dethrones Vijay Mallya
Inspite of owning an airline company, Vijay Mallya is known for his exploits in the liquor industry. He has earned this tag owing to a series of expansion plans that have sometimes worked in his favour. One that did not go his way was joining hands with Pernod Ricard. Param Uberoi, the head of Pernod Ricard possibly saw logic in not making the partnership. In this podcast, Prince Thomas, the senior Assistant Editor joins in to talk about the man about whom not much is known....


Forbes India Cover Story # 35: Social Media and Corporate India
Media turned social on the internet only a few years ago, yet it did not take social media a lot of time to seep into our daily lives. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter only gave it an icing. Phone apps and other location based services have enabled people to interact amongst themselves and companies now have jumped in to not just market their products, but also to provide better customer service. In this podcast, Senior Asst Editor, Rohin Dharmakumar and Special Correspondent, N S Ramnath join us t...

Forbes India Cover Story # 34: India faces Hacking Threat
India would possibly make a very bad advertisement for cyber security. In this podcast, Shishir Prasad, the Deputy Editor and Rohin Dharmakumar, the Senior Asst. Editor talk about different kinds of attacks that plague both the government agencies and the corporate world and what basic steps can we take to act wisely, starting with not having passwords which are either our last names or the name of the locality we live in....


Forbes India Cover Story # 33: Wake up Mr Rahul Gandhi
In the midst of the turmoil in the ruling party, Anna Hazare invoked a nationwide protest in the name of the Lokpal Bill. In this podcast, Udit Misra, the Special Correspondent at Forbes India joins us to talk about what role Rahul Gandhi has played until now and why buying time to eventually fill the top post is not such a good idea....

Forbes India Cover Story # 31: Terror Has a Business Plan
Combating its menace will be one of the biggest challenges of this decade. And for most part, nations like India have failed to stifle the growth of terrorism. Perhaps we still have not developed a robust understanding of its root causes and also an effective tool kit to deal with it. That is why we requested Sundeep Waslekar, president of Strategic Foresight Group, a leading think tank which advises governments around the world, to focus on that question. He and his team have studied every major terrorist ...

Forbes India Cover Story # 30: The Second Boom of eCommerce
Ecommerce in India has risen from the dead. The moneymen are back and entrepreneurs are thinking big once more. So what has changed? There are some fundamental reasons why e-commerce is set to take off in India. This podcast presents the highlights....


Forbes India Cover Story # 29: Chandra and his TCS
Chandra, the CEO of Indias largest IT company finds time to run the full marathon as well as make the quarter. In this podcast, Shishir Prasad, Mitu Jayashankar and Ramnath talk about their experience of covering arguably one of the lesser known CEOs from the IT field....

Forbes India Cover Story # 27: The Story of GMR
Invested in as many as twenty eight businesses, Mr G M Rao, the boss of GMR, on occasions must be wondering if investing in the development of Delhi airport was a good idea. His team completed the job in a record thirty seven months, but cost over runs and non payment of dues have taken a toll. Associate Editor, Cuckoo Paul joins in to talk about her experience of writing the cover story on the man and his creation....


Forbes India Cover Story # 26: Anniversary Special
Forbes India celebrates its second birthday and the second anniversary special issue includes essays from prominent personalities across different domains who have written on topics of national importance. For instance, in his essay, Raghuram Rajan debates on the amount of regulation that should be allowed in a country to ensure fair competitive spirit. Shashi Tharoor writes on the battle of war for peace. In this podcast, Dinesh Narayan, the Associate Editor at Forbes India joins us to give us a glimpse on...

Forbes India Cover Story # 25: The Last Founder at Infosys
After turning around and sustaining the success at ICICI, KV Kamath has been asked to steer Infosys. With Shibulal as the new CEO and Kris Gopalakrishnan as his team mate, Infy steps into an era sans Murthy. Mitu Jayashankar, the Associate Editor at Forbes India joins us to talk about her cover story on the new man and what it means to Infy....

Forbes India Cover Story # 24: The Tablet has Arrived
The iPad launch rejuvenated the tablet market across the world. Shishir Prasad, the Deputy Editor of Forbes India explains us why the story is important in a country where the PC penetration and broadband connectivity are not something to boast about....


Forbes India Cover Story # 23: Analjit Singh: Ranbaxy Wont Happen Again
Analjit Singh is the relatively lesser known brother from the Singh parivaar which sold off Ranbaxy to Daichii Sankyo back in 2008. Prince Thomas, the Assistant Editor at Forbes India joins us to talk about the cover story on Analjit Singh, the serial entrepreneur who has learned some lessons from his family feud and is taking adequate care towards relevant corporate governance in his ventures by taking certain interesting steps including induction of independent directors and discouraging his sons and daug...

Forbes India Cover Story # 22: The Middle East Crisis - Wake up Call for India
The world has had to find new emotions to comprehend the magnitude of the crisis in the Middle East. What does it mean to India. In this Forbes India Cover Story podcast series in association with theindicast.com, Editor-in-Chief, Indrajit Gupta and Senior Features Writer, Abhishek Raghunath talk about why India is not decoupled from what's happening in countries like Egypt, Syria, Bharain, Turkey, etc....

Forbes India Cover Story # 21: Will Indian IT companies grab the moment
The Indian IT industry has sustained a decade filled with global innovations, turmoil and resurrection. However, for the first time, the rules in the past few years have changed drastically and today, the typical player in this industry is expected to provide tangible and measurable business solutions. Associate Editor, Mitu Jayashankar and Deputy Editor, Shishir Prasad talk about their cover story on what lies in store for the players in the next few years and how well equipped are they to tackle the new w...


Forbes India Cover Story # 20: The Tale of a Turnaround
The Rajasthan Cricket Association can inspire a great sports movie. The young team played out of their skins and souls to beat Baroda in the Ranjit Trophy finals. In this podcast, writer Udit Mishra talks about his experience of covering one of the biggest turnarounds in the history of domestic cricket and the administrators who made it happen....

Forbes India Cover Story # 19: Tata Telecom's Sinking Feeling
Is Ratan Tata rearranging the deckchairs on his Titanic-like telecom venture? After investing Rs. 37,000 crores in the telecom business and writing off Rs. 7,000 crore in losses, the telecom wing of the 80 billion USD conglomerate is creaking. In this episode, T Surendar, the Associate Editor at Forbes India takes us through the interesting times faced by the Tatas and what they intend to do to bail themselves out....

Forbes India Cover Story # 18: 9 Major Conflicts shaping your life
In this Forbes India Cover Story Podcast, Shishir Prasad, the Deputy Editor of Forbes India discusses 9 conflicts that will determine the progress of India in 2011. Shishir talks about the dilemma faced by our Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee who has to ensure that the 9 per cent per annum growth rate is maintained while the inflation is kept in check. In Telecom, Kapil Sibal faces a mountain to climb in building a robust policy structure for our telecom industry. Listen to know more....


Forbes India Cover Story # 17: Where to invest in 2011?
In this Forbes India Cover Story Podcast series, S Srinivasan, the Senior Editor joins us to talk about the options that 2011 will provide for the smart investors inspite of the uncertainties faced by most developed nations. An optimist Srini takes us through his thoughts on why he feels that the uncertainty brings in lot of opportunities for the discerning investor....

Forbes India Cover Story # 16: The Forbes Person of the Year
Shishir Prasad and Peter Griffin take us through the year end issue of Forbes India which announces the Person of the year. The authors explain why Nitish Kumar deserved the honour. The issue is also peppered with unusually light business stories of which we get a preview in this short podcast....


Forbes India Cover Story # 14: The Making of the Worlds most Ambitious Information Bank
The world's most complex IT project is being headed by Nandan Nilekani, not in the capacity of the Cofounder of Infosys, but as the Cabinet Minister in the Indian government. In this podcast, Mitu Jayshankar and Ramnath, the writers of this fortnight's cover story take us through the team at the Unique Identification Authority of India and the work culture. Mitu and Ramnath liken the environment to a garage startup and brings to life the prospective unsung heroes of the project....

Forbes India Cover Story # 13: Small Car, Big Plans from Toyota
Toyota has been a paragon of quality, at least until recently. In the midst of the 8 million car recall crisis, Toyota chose to introduce its first small car in India, Etios. In this Forbes India Cover Story podcast in association with theindicast.com, Ashish Mishra and T Surendar talk about their experience of watching the car industry in India closely for years together and how will Toyota's move affect its competitors....

Forbes India Cover Story # 12: The Era Changeth at Infosys
Mitu Jayashankar, the Associate Editor at Forbes India joins us to talk about the challenges of covering one of the most read companies from the Indian corporate world Infosys. While Infosys reported healthy quarter results yet again, this story talks about what is in store for the company post the Narayan Murthy era when he retires after Aug 2011. Apart from succession planning, Forbes India also examines the business model of the company in the context of the current environment. Also, will Kamath be the ...


Forbes India Cover Story # 10: Gordon Gekko's Shadow on the Real Wall Street
The spirit of Gordon Gekko lives on. Oliver Stones Money Never Sleeps releases today and so does the Forbes India Cover Story on how greed is consuming the Wall Street all over again. In this podcast, senior editors S Srinivasan and Shishir Prasad bring their perspective on why they think that the Wall Street has not learnt too many lessons after the 2008 crash....

Forbes India Cover Story # 9: The Stock trading Machine
The Stock markets have always behaved in a manner which baffles even the most experienced stock brokers. Now add the concept of Algorithmic trading to it. Senior editors Pravin Palande and Shishir Prasad take us through this interesting concept which has started to take shape in India....


Forbes India Cover Story # 8: The Fall and Rise of Kishore Biyani
Samar Srivastava talks about one of the most unusual entrepreneurs from India called Kishore Biyani. This 20 min talk is takes us through the eventful ride that Biyani has experienced so far. He has lived through the downturn and managed to hold his own. Samar brings us his first hand experience of the traditional Biyani who is known as the face of organised retail in India....

Forbes India Cover Story # 7: How India can Win Friends and Influence nations
Senior Editors Dinesh Narayan, Cuckoo Paul and Udit Misra talk about the Independence Special which takes a look at India's current position and what will it be a decade later vis a vis the world stretching across diverse topics such as foreign policy, bilateral trade relations, terrorism, petroleum, water, etc....


Forbes India Feature # 4: Laws of Distraction
Shloka Nath makes the rather complex subject of 'law' interesting to the ears by taking us through her detailed report on Indias largest law firm, Amarchand Mangaldas. Boasting an enviable set of clients which include P Chaidambaram, Mukesh Ambani, K V Kamath and the likes, the family run business is being handled by two brothers, Cyril Shroff and Shardul Shroff. Their leadership skills are so varied from each other that it makes for an interesting case study in HR. We also spend time talking about the Indi...

Forbes India Feature # 3: Titan's Dilemma
In this episode, Associate Editor, Mitu Jayshankar takes us through the exciting times that Titan and Tanishq has seen over the past decade. She explains how the watches and jewellry maker Titan industries is battling with its two prominent businesses....

Forbes India Cover Story # 5: Viswanathan Anand the Master Strategist
authors Ashish and Srinivas talk about their one of a kind story which features World Champion and Grandmaster, Viswanathan Anand on the cover page. This podcast gives us a glimpse of Anands personal life, his preparation regime, his carefully selected team and his lighter side as well. And listen closely. Anand has a few words for us too....


Forbes India Feature # 2: Executive Education
Neelima Mahajan Bansal from Forbes India joins us to talk about her special report on Executive Education. This podcast answers a few basic questions on why companies sponsor their employees on pocket burning programs which may not have immediate tangible results. Neelima also helps us with how differently are B Schools approaching such programs which go beyond class room exercises like case studies, etc....

Forbes India Cover Story # 4: Making Sense of the Stock Markets
In 2009, Forbes India recommended 20 stocks to its readers which a year later have reaped a handsome 54 per cent. This cover story is a sequel. In this podcast, Pravin Palande and T Surendar, the Associate Editors at Forbes India give us a run down of how the markets have behaved over the past year. They also attempt to do an encore by recommending 20 stocks for us readers to invest in....


Forbes India Cover Story # 3: The Untold Story of ITC
Indrajit Gupta, the editor at Forbes India and T Surendar, the Associate Editor succeed in unveiling the inside story of ITC and its chairman. Indrajit and Surendar talk about the immediate challenges facing ITC especially during a time which has the future of Mr Deveshwar in question. His term is slated to end in 2012, but the man intends to stay. British American Tobacco which owns a 32 per cent stake in ITC and has two people on the board have other plans....

Forbes India Cover Story # 2: How the Mightly have Fallen
Rohin Dharmakumar, the Assistant Editor and Shishir Prasad, the Deputy Editor at Forbes India bring us the interesting and eventful tale of the Indian mobile phone service providers. They make some perceptive observations on how the service providers who are parched for spectrum might just end up using this additional hard earned bounty to provide voice relief rather than launch 3G services at least in the near future. Go listen to the 20 minute conversation which is nontechnical and user friendly!...

Forbes India Cover Story # 1: Anniversary Special
Forbes celebrates the completion of a very eventful first year in India. In the pilot episode of the Forbes India Cover Story Podcast in association with Indicast, Indrajit Gupta, the editor at Forbes India and Charles Assisi, the executive editor talk about their anniversary issue. In this issue, Forbes India chose to engage some of the worlds finest minds to answer a simple yet thought provoking question, What is the one idea on your mind that you think will change the world...