Cyrus Broacha


Cyrus Broacha
Chairman, Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd

What’s the real truth of Ayodhya?

The Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi row may be partially resolved or more likely temporarily settled, however the finer details of the lit... well, litigation have well remained a secret. And like most secrets the details are easily available on various websites. I have, dear reader, painstakingly gone through a cross-section of these

Sona, chandi, Kalmadi

With the Commonwealth Games round the corner, a lot of foreigners are a little sceptical about the situation and are in need of reassurances.

13 Indians in Rio

To truly understand what it felt like for Neil Armstrong and his ilk to actually travel to the moon, i.e. to actually familiarise yourself with such a monumental journey, you must first travel from Mumbai to Rio de Janeiro. Granted. I take your point that Mumbai to Rio is far longer than America to the moon, but there’s a strong similarity between the two journeys and the gestation period for the birth of a human being.

The Famous Twelve on a secret mission

For someone who intensely dislikes travel, I’ve done more than my share. Today I’m somewhere in South America. I can’t disclose the exact location because quite frankly even I don’t really know what it is. All I know is that I’m on a large mainland, with plenty of trees and people speaking a foreign language like Goa which means in all probability it’s Goa.

Birthdays & wives

I’m shivering. If you add that to the regular discharge of vomit (every 53 seconds), and the absurd level of anxiety (as characterised by my eye balls rolling in and out of place every 1.7 seconds), I’ve become quiet a sight. Of course, while I’m in this state, everyone around me seems to have taken a pretty positive perspective of my plight.

Malaika and Murali

This week for me is about two words. According to the Oxford Dictionary (highlighted version), these two words are the longest words in the English language. The words which you have obviously guessed by now are Muttiah and Muralitharan. Eight hundred Test wickets! That’s the equivalent in sprinting terms of running a hundred metres race in 4.7 seconds. (This record has so far only been achieved by two Germans, both of whom were Doberman Pinchers.)

The cousins are coming

The cousins are coming. In less than seven days I’ve already done what I always do when relatives come a knocking. I’ve ordered lots of painkillers, but combiflam can only do so much. My three-year-old Maya was the one to ask all the pertinent questions. “What is a cousin?” she asked adoringly. I immediately responded with the... contained in the Encyclopaedia Britannica answer: “A cousin is a person who may look like you but isn’t really you, mostly probably”. Her next question floored

Happy, kind Tuesday

Last Tuesday was the second happiest day of my life. Second only to a day in the year 2000 when I asked my wife to marry me and she said she hadn’t heard the question.

The clan and my dad

Tomorrow is my father’s birthday.

Brushing blues

“There are no toothbrushes in Singapore”. Yep let me repeat that, but this time in a Malay accent. “There are no toothbrushes in Singapore”. Don’t get me wrong, the people in Singapore are very clean, extremely hygienic and pretty health conscious. So there must have been a time when toothbrushes were found in abundance. Unfortunately, in the past week, none have been located thus far.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.