Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mumbai voted the best for Business.

It’s India Inc’s Love Story 2050. And the theme remains the same. Top corporate bosses in India are still going with Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi as the cities of the future. The new-age wannabes such as Pune, Surat and Indore may have got their act together, but so far India Inc is not ready to buy into their script. At least not just yet.

Bangalore — India’s very own Silicon Valley — may be plagued by bad roads and terrible traffic but that hasn’t stopped the city from getting ahead of the capital Delhi to emerge as the second most futuristic city in the country. Delhi is, however, ahead of Bangalore on the list of India’s investment-friendly cities.

For corporate India, Mumbai still tops the chart of investment-friendly cities, and is positioned as India’s most futuristic city. ‘Cities of the future’ is a ranking on the basis infrastructure preparedness and getting policy in place.

According to the SundayET CEO perception poll, conducted by global market research agency Synovate, the list of top five futuristic cities also include Ahmedabad and Chennai.

The corporate honchos ranked Hyderabad and Kolkata as sixth and seventh, whereas Patna and Guwahati are perceived to be the most investor-unfriendly cities.

The perception survey, conducted between May 12 and 21, 2008, had a sample size of 150 CEOs who were chosen from ET 500 companies. The CEOs based out of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, belonged to diverse industry sectors such as FMCG, manufacturing, IT, telecom, financial services and auto among others.

Though experts feel that new kids on the block — Pune, Surat and Indore — have rolled out the right strategies to position themselves as cities of the future, the captains of India Inc are yet to perceive them as leading urban hubs in the decades to come. Whereas Pune is ranked as the eighth most futuristic city, Surat stands at 10th in the list of 20 cities.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Why to Blog?

It was in October 2006 getting inspired by the super girl Abby Lee A la "One track mind"that i started this blog called "Bombay Today".

The experience has been interesting and fulfilling,i have got praise as well as brickbats also.My blog "Indian Thinking" gave me exposure and i was contacted by an Italian magazine called 'JACK".
They asked me to write a short piece on Mumbai as an insider sees it.I did the piece and was informed of its getting published,but the real thing was so good to see when i received my personal copy of JACK via courier.They also paid an honorary amount of Eur 200//.

More than the money part it was the recognition which mattered.

I have written some casual,some serious some boring some hilarious post's,the best is yet to come.
I do take pride inspiring some talented people who crossed my life to share their valuable insights and they obliged.
My other blog Lalu Leela has its own share of fans,the blog got a mention in "THE TIMES OF INDIA".Bombay today got acclaimed in Mid Day,Mumbai.
The love and cooperation of fellow bloggers and readers has always given a high.
For me the biggest kick is when i search my name in Google and see this.
I have not been posting recently due to my professional commitments and lack of connectivity,but i love to write and shall do so routinely,If Aamir and Amitabh Ji can find time to share their view i too can.He he....
And to Aamir and Amitabh ji i can always say i am senior to you as for as Blogging goes!!