All stories by Pavan Lall
Volkswagen T-Roc: In the presence of true powerRediff.com16 Sep 2020
Quality-wise, and on the fun-to-drive scale, the T-Roc is in a league of its own, notes Pavan Lall.
Power suit bows out as WFH hits office dress codeRediff.com13 Sep 2020
Master tailors, textile manufacturers and custom clothiers, however, say the upcoming festive season, reinvention in the form of new collections and digital outreach are salvaging the situation somewhat.
Want to be a professional drone pilot?Rediff.com27 Aug 2020
There's a need to train 40,000 pilots over the next year-and-a-half.
Will drive-in theatres replace the multiplex?Rediff.com22 Aug 2020
are in the process of building one at the Jio Center in Bandra Kurla Complex where the Maker Maxity building used to be. "This theatre will be on the top of the mall and should be able to accommodate 300 cars, and is expected to open sometime in January or February next year.
Requiem for the Pajero: An SUV like none other!Rediff.com20 Aug 2020
With Mitsubishi pulling the plug on it the days of the Pajero maybe over, but nobody who ever owned one will forget it. Some even learnt life-long lessons from it, says Pavan Lall.
New Honda City takes you back to the future!Rediff.com5 Aug 2020
When a manufacturer launches the fifth generation of a product, it is given that earlier avatars hit the mark. Ditto for the new Honda City, the latest version of which also brings in sweeping changes to the carmaker's product strategy for the Indian market, says Pavan Lall.
Why M&M will halt investment in SsangYong MotorRediff.com27 Jul 2020
M&M will close down GenZe, an e-scooter business in California, because it is unlikely it would stand on its own feet, and is ahead of its time.
Merc GLE 400d: An SUV with cool movesRediff.com20 Jul 2020
While this hip-hop edition is unlikely to drive Merc's market share, the SUV exemplifies what the German automaker is best known for: Innovative engineering and, in this particular case, putting a smile on the face, discovers Pavan Lall.
WFH: Vacuum cleaners, dishwashers. Check it out!Rediff.com15 Jul 2020
Sweeping, swabbing, dusting, the dishes -- and the day ends in exhaustion even before it begins. So, it is no wonder that gadgets that can help ease the pressure are in hot demand, notes Pavan Lall.
Hiranandani Group opens giant data centre in MumbaiRediff.com8 Jul 2020
Hiranandnani's new venture is well-timed, but it will face heavy competition from both international majors and domestic peers like Adani Group.
'India can market itself better'Rediff.com25 Jun 2020
'India is still hierarchical, but not as much as Japan and people appreciate a flat working culture,' Charles Frump, managing director, Volvo Cars India, tells Pavan Lall.
With GLS, Mercedes ups the ante for its SUVs in IndiaRediff.com18 Jun 2020
The company now offers seven different models of SUVs in India compared to two models a decade ago and contributes around 40 percent of sales up from 30 percent a couple years ago.
How COVID is changing the game plan for booksellers, publishersRediff.com9 Jun 2020
In the future, publishers will need to think of digital immersive marketing just like marketing a movie or show on Netflix is an immersive experience.
How IT companies are getting back to work in lockdownRediff.com31 May 2020
'Elevator rules deem no more than two people for a unit that carries six people, and as an employee enters the office, there are three masks to be used for five hours each a day, then disposed and one for the next day as well.'
Future looks bleak for Rana Kapoor-funded firmsRediff.com14 May 2020
The collection of mostly small and medium sized businesses is a hotchpotch of ventures and include design schools, schools, villas for hire in Goa and a country club in Gurgaon.
Fine dining gets a taste of lockdown bluesRediff.com14 May 2020
Now they are reinventing their strategies to stay afloat, as they see no sign of recovery for at least six months.
Serum Institute to produce COVID-19 vaccine by yearendRediff.com7 May 2020
'The challenge will be making sure its efficacy is high.' 'If a vaccine is only 50 to 60 per cent efficient, it's a double-edged sword.'
Lockdown? You can still buy that dream Mercedes!Rediff.com27 Apr 2020
The German luxury automaker has already seen its online traffic increase 10-fold this year. Though that has not always translated into sales, Mercedes-Benz says it is continuing to build on what it calls its "touch-free" experience to stay plugged into its consumer base. Under the used car business, more than 150 cars were sold online in January and February.
Bollywood's Eros merges with Hollywood's STX EntertainmentRediff.com19 Apr 2020
The newly-formed entity which will list on the NYSE as Eros STX Entertainment Corp, will remain listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with headquarters in both Mumbai, India, and Burbank, California, and has also got $125 million in fresh funding. The merger will not change the structure of Eros's Indian arm which is also listed on Indian stock exchanges.
Lockdown has also hit liquor manufacturersRediff.com9 Apr 2020
Shutting of stores had not stopped alcohol sales. On the contrary, it had increased black market operations and peddling of illicit hooch, which could cause death/serious injury.
Tata Trusts, private firm join hands to roll out coronavirus testing kitsRediff.com8 Apr 2020
The test - called the Truenat Beta CoV test - effectively enables same-day testing, reporting, and patient isolation initiation.
Hotel chains do their bit to fight COVID-19Rediff.com6 Apr 2020
The strident support from the hotels comes at a time when the industry is itself caught off guard with a sharp dip in both in-bound traffic from foreign markets, reduced domestic traction as well as a total shut-down of MICE business that has led the country top players by market cap to lose over half their value in just a little over a month.
How COVID-19 has impacted private equity firmsRediff.com30 Mar 2020
Investors say they see large companies going through the grind, as their promoters struggle with liquidity because they are levered up at the holding company level and are starting to get margin calls thanks to the crashes in the stock market, and in the next six months, the targets that will come up for PE companies will make for a harvest season like never before.
'2020 is a washout for movie business'Rediff.com27 Mar 2020
'There will be two to three months of containment, and when there is normalcy, the risk is a relapse and a return to lockdowns.'
Coronivirus: How some Indian firms are cashing in on 'fear economy'Rediff.com19 Mar 2020
Any concerned citizen ought to start practicing hygiene by washing their hands properly and be aware of the brands that are certified.
Foodstar, India's own version of Michelin Star rankings!Rediff.com19 Mar 2020
Culinary Culture, which is spearheading the venture, will bring globally-ranked chefs to India as well as take local chefs abroad so they can work at world-ranked eateries.
Bumpy ride ahead for electric two-wheelersRediff.com17 Mar 2020
The impact for all electric two-wheelers, which are imported mostly from China, is that it will lead to price escalation that will be passed onto customers.
Nirav Modi assets garner Rs 2.29 crore in auctionRediff.com5 Mar 2020
The items which included a Porsche Panamera and a gold Cartier wristwatch were expected to fetch Rs 50 lakh.
Electric cars have a mountain to climb before winning market shareRediff.com24 Feb 2020
According to research by IHS Markit, for an ecosystem still grappling with infrastructure issues -- the high cost of EVs and a greater OEM (original equipment manufacturer) focus on electrifying two-wheelers and commercial vehicles first -- the share of such vehicles is expected to be 4 per cent by 2030, reports Pavan Lall.
Anand Mahindra: 'I'm not vanishing!'Rediff.com14 Feb 2020
'Family businesses have to put competent people in charge who believe they can get to the top.'
'If you don't remove the glass ceiling, you won't get the best talent.'
Economy likely to grow at 6% in 2020, says Blackstone reportRediff.com8 Jan 2020
The report says, the emerging markets continue to have uneven performance but India recovers from decelerating growth. Narendra Modi government, it added, continues business-friendly growth reforms, the economy grows at 6 per cent and the market rises 20 per cent.
Renault Triber is everyman's budget carRediff.com18 Dec 2019
'The Triber, which sits between the Kwid and the Duster in the Renault portfolio, is an affordable option for those who have their sights set on a multipurpose vehicle and want to get something different from, say, a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga,' says Pavan Lall.
Funds swindled by Nirav Modi could be much higherRediff.com13 Dec 2019
Only 40 per cent of the forensic information required was made available by PNB and as such, there is no way that one can put a cap on the total value of LoUs issued. He is the second Indian to be declared a fugitive economic offender, after liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
'Always have a Plan B, Plan C and a Plan D'Rediff.com2 Dec 2019
Don't bet everything you have, Lemon Tree's Patu Keswani tells Pavan Lall.
At least half billion new users to log in internet by 2022: ReportRediff.com29 Nov 2019
But the kind of usage and the demographic driving that change will be entirely different from the first online users.
What is Ronnie Screwvala up to these days?Rediff.com20 Nov 2019
"If telecom changed the game for how business was done in India, then we need 20 more of those systemic game-changers to take us to the next level," Ronnie Screwvala tells Pavan Lall.
Sotheby's India auction sees tepid response as slowdown hits art worldRediff.com16 Nov 2019
The sale lot of 61 pieces of art, which was spread across a variety of categories such as modern and contemporary South Asian art, prints, and photographs, realised an estimated sale price of Rs 23.8 crore. Pre-auction estimates had expected the sale to range between Rs 37 crore and Rs 52 crore. Around 11 pieces of art remained unsold on Day One, reports Pavan Lall.
Superluxury manufacturers feel the pinch of slowdownRediff.com20 Aug 2019
From auto to watches, the mood is sombre due to the alarming state of the Indian economy and value erosion in stock market capitalisation.
CCD's Siddhartha was a 'nice guy' CEORediff.com31 Jul 2019
A family man with two sons, who made it a point to attend all weddings and occasions in the community, Siddhartha is known by everyone as the quintessential 'nice guy' CEO -- never yelling, raising his voice or screaming at his employees, says Pavan Lall.
Titan has major plans to boost its premium range of watchesRediff.com30 Jun 2019
Titan expects sales of premium-priced watch sales to grow by leaps and bounds in the future on the back of a growing disposable income among working professionals and income categories, says Pavan Lall.