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August 31, 2006
The inspiring rags-to-riches tale of Sarathbabu
He started by selling idlis on the streets of Chennai.

How to choose the right mutual fund
MFs have the capability to provide solutions to most investors' needs

August 30, 2006
Anand Mahindra on plans for Tech Mahindra
usiness with British Telecom will grow, but the proportion will come down

The amazing Harley-Davidson story
What shouts Americana as much as motherhood, apple pie, Ford cars and baseball is Harley-Davidson bikes. This brand has the kind of loyalty that can only be the envy of many.

August 29, 2006
How BI tools help companies make profit
New business intelligence tools are helping companies understand their customers better, and shoring up the bottomline.

Why wasting time is a good thing
A lesson for employers: letting employees goof off can improve your bottom line. Here's why.

August 28, 2006
Tech Mahindra: Is it worth a buy?
Tech Mahindra listed at Rs 525 on BSE against an issue price of Rs 365. What should investors do with the stock and what are the concerns going forward?

Why MFs score over bank deposits
Banks have been luring investors by offering attractive deposit rates, but mutual funds, with tax-adjusted returns, still score higher.

Salary paid abroad to attract tax
In many cases, expatriate employees are paid a part of their remuneration outside India. But even the part of remuneration paid outside India, on which tax at source should be deducted, is taxable in India.

August 26, 2006
Buying a high-end apartment? Read this
If complex facilities/ neighbours/location and paucity of time dominate your list of concerns, then a high-end apartment may be just the right choice for you.

Check out these fantastic telescopes
Star gazing as a phenomenon in India is sadly associated with either film stars or sportsmen. No one looks at the stars anymore, no one stares at the constellations.

Honda Civic: A futuristic car!
For moving through the urban sprawl and crawl, the Civic is about as painless as transport gets and for most, the chunky chassis and the crisp handling will give them the sporty vibes they need.

Tips to buy a good helmet
Among the features, look for effective and lots of venting for Indian conditions

August 25, 2006
Great innovations from small town India
Self-taught mechanics in India are pioneering many inventions with little or no formal education.

A guide to health insurance
Not many people are taking mediclaim insurance policy and its market penetration is less than one per cent

August 24, 2006
Tatas' shopping spree: 27 in 6 years at Rs 16,000 crore!
The Tatas are out shopping again. Since February 2000, the group has acquired as many as 27 companies, both in India and overseas, at a total cost of over Rs 16,000 crore ($3.5 billion)!

How and when to invest for your child
Mutual funds provide an excellent investment vehicle for your child. MFs offer diversification, flexibility and simplicity. Investing through MFs can help you accumulate more for your child's education.

Top 20 stocks that mutual funds hold
Reliance Industries, Grasim, and ITC were the top held stocks by mutual funds in terms of value in July.

How to invest internationally
If at least one of your funds isn't losing, you may not be diversified.

August 23, 2006
An insurance guide for senior citizens
The elderly are finding it increasingly difficult to buy health insurance. We take a look at options for medical cover available after the age of 55, when you need it the most.

First quarter thrills for stock markets
Smooth sailing among the Sensex 30, but some oil PSUs were in troubled waters. Despite the mixed bag of results, investors are upbeat for the next quarter and buying interest is on the rise.

How some firms cook up balance sheets
Many accounting practices that give a wrong picture of a company's finances are unethical, but legal.

August 22, 2006
The amazing Moser Baer story
Find out how Deepak Puri started Moser Baer and made into one of India's finest firms.

'Little India' is BIG globally
'Little India' may mean something else entirely as smaller Indian brands take their first steps abroad.

Need cash? Try reverse mortgage
Reverse mortgage, when it becomes a reality, will enable senior citizens in need of cash to unlock the value of their house, even as they continue to live in it

Solve this case, win Rs 25,000!
Rediff Business presents the TCS Smart Business Case Study Contest for managers, along with The Smart Manager, the management magazine! The best solution will win a cash prize of Rs 25,000.

Credit cards, loans: Read the fine print!
Don't complain about interest rates, get to know more about bank procedures.

Will interest rate hike hit the stock market?
Despite what some say, high interest rates will not spare equity markets.

August 21, 2006
10 stocks you may invest in
The foreign investor activity seems to have impacted different companies' performance on the bourses differently in the last quarter.

How to be RICH in old age
Golden rule for retirement accumulation is start early.

How best to diversify your portfolio
Diversification helps reduce risk.

How NRIs, PIOs can buy land in India
Here's a primer on acquisition and transfer of immovable property for NRIs, PIOs and foreigners.

August 19, 2006
How much you should tip and how often
According to one report, restaurant goers in the US leave $16 billion ($26 billion according to another) by way of tips annually, so if all services where gratuity is expected were to be added up, the figure could be much bigger.

Why Bluetooth headset is a must buy
The Discovery 645 wireless headset is ultra-light (weighs only nine grams) and comfortable, delivers clear communication, and includes an innovative charging system.

A mobile revolution in rural India
Rural India has become the new mining ground for the telecom sector.

8 office humour secrets that won't get you fired
Here's how you can prevent your sense of humour from getting you in trouble.

High EMIs? Tips to tackle them
The EMI on home and auto loans just increased as banks passed on the burden of costlier funds to their customers - that is, YOU. Here's what you should do to minimise the impact

Which is the best drive? CNG or LPG
Manufacturers are now offering CNG/LPG powered vehicles as credible alternatives in the personal segment to tap those who are conscious of rising petrol and diesel prices.

August 18, 2006
How to laugh your way to success
Researchers have long said laughter can help you live longer. But more and more companies are discovering the power of humor in the workplace.

Lessons learnt at B-schools
B-school merely provides a good start

How to make M&As successful
According to estimates by industrialists and consultants alike, only two out of every 10 M&As can be termed successful.

August 17, 2006
Lost in a city? Try
Wikimapia is a huge hit globally and from an India mapping and tagging perspective.

August 16, 2006
Have a flashy job title? It can be risky
Doling out flashy titles may seem like a cheap way to attract and retain top recruits. But it's also risky.

All about YouAtMail and its young founder
Registration with YouAtMail also gives students entry to Schoolscrool, an online society where people can network, create study groups and even exchange information about career opportunities, scholarships and so on.

Why Indians are learning Chinese
Actually, the need for Indians to learn Chinese couldn't have been greater than it is today. China could well emerge as India's largest trading partner, surpassing the US soon.

August 14, 2006
Landmark Holdings rakes in big deals
Landmark Holdings, part of the Dalmia Group and an investor in Indian real estate projects is currently busy with over 10 projects having a liquidation value of about $1.5 billion.

Story of a successful fund manager
Investments are his first love and Kamath would not trade the fast-paced and dynamic world of equities for anything

Is the worst over for HLL?
After five turbulent years marked by intense competition, price wars and slow growth, a strong revival in demand is driving HLL's performance.

August 12, 2006
Check out the new BMW X5!
Looks the same? Well, look again. It's the all-new BMW X5.

Ford Fusion: A fun car to drive!
Wearing a freshened-up look and a new price-tag, the Ford Fusion is looking attractive now.

Big business in India's small towns
The land registry office is possibly one of the best-known addresses in Singur today.

Call centres: Hot themes for books, films
Call centres are becoming an increasingly popular setting in books, films as well as documentaries.

August 11, 2006
IPOs in 2006: Experts give their picks
With the midcap frenzy on, lets take a look at some IPOs of 2006. Investment Advisor, PN Vijay and Deven Choksey of KR Choksey Securities discuss which ones are still way above their issue price and which ones are languishing.

Why this is a match made in heaven
They'll all be retail products; we are not looking at tailoring products for the corporate segment.

August 10, 2006
SBI Magnum Contra, a great fund
Consistently beating the benchmarks, this contra fund moves between mid- and large-caps to post returns in the long run.

B-schools must also focus on research
Jagdish N Sheth, Charles H Kellstadt professor of marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, thinks business education in India needs significant reform.

Why Indian BPOs have changed
The services have moved from voice to non-voice like automotive design, insurance claim processes, mortgage loans and so on

Questions to ask your wealth manager
Go through this checklist before entrusting your wealth to someone, because it is important to ensure that your money is in the right pair of hands.

August 09, 2006
Is it ok to ask banks to cut rates?
The finance ministry's letter was unfortunate, but it is also true there is no transparency in how rates are fixed and the spread is also too high.

Are you donating to the right charity?
If Sebi is Dalal Street's watchdog and the RBI regulates banks, then the voluntary sector is not far behind—it has its own CA to set benchmarks for organisations.

Indian economy is really booming! Stats say so
Almost all economic indicators -- industrial growth, broad money supply, exports, forex reserves -- show that India is soaring. But fiscal deficit and inflation remain a problem.

Foulplay by your broker? Here's help
Never has it been more important that serious disputes against your broker or DP be resolved legally. Arbitration is that legal tool. Here's a guide on using it effectively.

August 08, 2006
Why The Park has different logos
Why The Park has different logos

'India's growth may go on for 25 years'
'When growth is ignited, as it has been in India it continues for a long time, as long as 20 to 25 years! The last case was China, and before that Japan. I do hope this happens with us, says ICIC Bank chief executive officer K V Kamath.

'B-schools should focus on failure'
The IT industry demands that we look at global competition, global benchmarks and global markets

Why women must plan their finances
For women, ignoring money matters can only be at the cost of their future. Here's why.

Are index funds managing portfolios?
Many index funds are digressing from what their offer documents stipulate. Their returns differ widely from index fluctuations. We take a closer look.

How to make money by day trading
Make sure that you do not allocate more than 3-5 per cent of your equity corpus for day trading.

August 07, 2006
All about the Kotak Twin Advantage Series III
It is a close-ended debt scheme with a 3-Yr investment tenure

What's the best investment plan?
Thanks to the increased market volatility and poor show by mid-caps, active fund managers are lagging behind market averages. Are they still the best bets?

Birla Sun Life Fund: Better returns?
Birla Sun Life's new closed-ended equity fund is hoping to give better returns on the back of a stable corpus.

Fidelity launches fixed income fund
Fidelity Fund Management has come up with its first ever fixed income fund in India at a time when equity markets have turned highly volatile and may continue to be so for some time to come.

Stick to basics: Ajay Argal's success mantra
A measured approach to investing has been the key to Ajay Argal's success in the markets.

How your bank has become better
Banks have changed drastically - and it's all for the good

The extraordinary tale of Ravan Boddu
'If you don't time the market well, whatever you do won't work even if you try your best,' says the iSOFT CEO.

Why money is flowing into India
The secular trend is one of capital inflow into emerging economies like India

August 05, 2006
All about the new Hyundai Verna
Hyundai readies up a new sedan in a competitive segment.

Private companies raining perks
Increasingly, companies are offering unusual allowances to employees.

Tips to make safe investments
Diversifying your portfolio may mean limiting potential but it also reduces risk

Orissa's investment promise: A hype or...
With investments to the tune of Rs 4 trillion committed to the state, will Orissa deliver on its promise.

August 04, 2006
Disney will go to Bollywood soon
'Our intention is to make Disney-branded clean family movies for the entertainment of the local Indian market.'

Tips to make best use of your money
Plan your finances to achieve lifetime goals and strike a balance among assets

Donating money? 5 MUST asks
, however, you don't know where to give, go through an intermediary like CRY or HelpAge

Look out. Gifts are taxed too
The tax law is unduly harsh on many legitimate recipients of gifts and needs a fresh look

Chat with K V Kamath!
The banking star will appear on Rediff Chat on August 8 at 10.30 a.m.

August 03, 2006
Happy banking for all? Well, not just yet
Do you feel banks get away with poor service? The banking code promises to redress that by laying down standard practices. But will it work out on the ground?

Why WorldSpace scores over others
WorldSpace has been able to reverse its sluggishness - it now boasts about 112,000 subscriptions

Have a biz plan? Here's how to get VC funding
All you need to do is to e-mail a five-page executive summary of your project plan to the ISB at before August 15, 2006.

How Infosys grooms its future leaders
The process is long-drawn, meticulous, and in consonance with the company's stated vision.

August 02, 2006
Largest illegal industry? Cyber crime
There are at least 30 virus outbreaks everyday in different parts of the world.

Indian stocks are attractive: Mark Mobius
Consumers and commodities are his favourite sectors at the moment.

August 01, 2006
The Big Bull on the markets and his dream
'Money from questionable sources account for only a small fraction of the total foreign inflows,' says Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.

5 lessons from Philip Kotler
CEOs should get a pay-out several years after they leave an organisation.

How Nokia designs new phones
What does the world's biggest phone manufacturer do after selling its handsets to over 800 million people globally?

MBAs lack 'maverick' thinking
Successful organisations don't just tolerate mavericks - they encourage them.

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