All stories by Pavan Lall
'Photography is to capture the times we live in'Rediff.com57 minutes ago
'If journalism is the first draft of history, then photojournalism is the first draft of its evidence,' Raghu Rai, arguably India's finest living photojournalist, tells Pavan Lall.
Before Nirav Modi, there was Jatin MehtaRediff.com5 days ago
Jatin Mehta beat Nirav Mehta and Mehul Choksi in precedent and modus operandi, reports Pavan Lall/Business Standard.
Glimmers of Mehul Choksi's 'empire' that was built on fraudRediff.com3 Jul 2021
Despite recent developments that have accelerated the impending extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who has been in custody in London's Wandsworth Prison for over two years, the last month has seen his uncle Mehul Choksi dominate the headlines instead with his circus-like exhibition in the Caribbean that has involved red herrings such as a "girlfriend", to whom his wife seemed to have no objection, and possibly concocted stories of being kidnapped and manhandled. Choksi was widely regarded as Modi's Svengali in Mumbai when he returned from Belgium to expand his business. He had fled to Antigua well before news around how Modi finagled thousands of crores from Punjab National Bank (PNB) and other institutions through a series of allegedly coordinated and fraudulent actions involving letters of undertaking, or LoUs.
What Kia hopes to achieve by adding India to nameRediff.com28 Jun 2021
'It says, we are not just an overseas player -- we are Kia India and here for good'
Back to the wall, will Choksi still manage to pull off a trick or two?Rediff.com12 Jun 2021
Given how everything has played out, Mehul Choksi, now 62, achieved all that he wanted but for all the wrong reasons, says Pavan Lall.
Maruti Suzuki finds digital highway ideal for smooth driveRediff.com9 Jun 2021
Maruti is not an online outlier, of course; other heavyweights have rolled out similar services. But as an analyst pointed out, Maruti's all-India roll-out has significant impact given that it accounts for over half of all cars sold, reports, reports Pavan Lall.
'EVs are the way forward for Volkswagen group'Rediff.com1 Jun 2021
'Our strategy is intact and our important pillars for India -- the SUV roll-out and the focus on the cost of ownership of a car -- remain in focus'
In India, luxury used car market is in the fast laneRediff.com1 May 2021
The new car market is estimated at around 30,000 units a year in sales in a good year, whereas the used car market for luxury vehicles is estimated at around 60,000 cars annually.
Can Tesla win India where most US carmakers have failed?Rediff.com23 Apr 2021
What will it take for Tesla to plug and play in India? Sector pundits say it's a mix of strategy, getting the price right, timing, the right talent, and above all, patience.
The new Swift: pocket friendly, cute as a button and reliableRediff.com21 Apr 2021
While the latest, fourth-generation Swift makes no pretence of being a performance car or the last word in luxury, what it does stand for is amply evident, notes Pavan Lall.
Mercedes-Benz's A35 AMG limousine: Made for the thrill seekersRediff.com6 Apr 2021
Step on the gas and the power that propels the compact four-seater will take you by surprise as it hurtles towards the 80 kmph like a racing thoroughbred, never compromising any stability thanks to its rigid chassis and solid 1,600-kg kerb weight that gives it a well-planted feel along straights, corners and tricky lanes and roads, says Pavan Lall.
There's something different about BMW's 3 Series Gran LimousineRediff.com1 Apr 2021
Smooth engine, plush interiors, great suspension that handle dodgy roads with ease, futuristic design elements that have little by way of competition in the market -- it's all there, says Pavan Lall.
Mini in name, max in power and appealRediff.com26 Mar 2021
Why is the Mini the only "lifestyle" auto badge that seems to be growing and staying strong? Pavan Lall finds out.
Zerodha's Nikhil Kamath is India's youngest new billionaireRediff.com9 Mar 2021
Last year, Nikhil Kamath and his brother Nithin jettisoned into a club of the country's 100 wealthiest with their net worth pegged at around Rs 24,000 crore
Are you ready for the Citroen?Rediff.com8 Mar 2021
Making a debut in India with an SUV, Citroen's products in the next couple of years will clearly chart and define its destiny in what has become both a vibrant but also a daunting market for foreign entrants, says Pavan Lall.
Will the new A4 put Audi back in the race?Rediff.com2 Mar 2021
The answer would have been an unequivocal yes had the A4 been priced more aggressively, says Pavan Lall.
A masterstroke that keeps demand for Rolex watches sky-highRediff.com28 Feb 2021
Rolex has been masterful at playing the demand-supply game, limiting its issue of coveted and in-demand watches to only one or two pieces per dealership.
The A is now The Quorum: Rana Kapoor family-led business club changes handsRediff.com25 Jan 2021
The Quorum in Mumbai aims to introduce and extend its blend of hospitality and philosophy of being community-led, content-driven, design-focused and experiential.
Volvo S60 takes the safety-first mantra seriouslyRediff.com19 Jan 2021
With all the safety equipment that it features, the S60 could be the smarter, more mature sedan alternative that consumers in this price category want, says Pavan Lall.
Want to drive a BMW? Check out 2 SeriesRediff.com29 Dec 2020
For those who've always wanted to drive a BMW in India, the 2 Series is easily the most fun to drive everyday car that money can buy.