All stories by Pavan Lall
Why India's automobile business is like BollywoodRediff.com20 Oct 2020
What worked for Hyundai in India when so many other auto manufacturers have had to eat humble pie? Pavan Lall finds out.
Homestays come to travellers' aid in Covid timesRediff.com27 Sep 2020
Intimate getaways offered in the form of homestays by hotels are proving to be the flavour of this extraordinary and difficult time. Not far from cities, they offer a pleasant respite from homebound lives, says Pavan Lall.
The Kia Sonet is on songRediff.com25 Sep 2020
On the highway, it pulls along with ease and offers smooth commuter ride and drive experience, and also has little competition, says 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.'