Cyrus Broacha


Cyrus Broacha
Chairman, Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd

Curious case of lost identity

Today is the final of Twenty20 Championship. India will be represented by... err Harsha Bhogle. By now everybody knows India crashed out of the Cup in a disastrous fashion, however, while all this drama was

Here’s to Willie

May 02 : April 24th as you all know is a national holiday also known as “Sachin Divas” or by its original name “Friday”. However, what they don’t teach you at Wharton or Harvard (though I still have to get a confirmation from Yale) is the significance of April 23rd, also known by its Latin original, Thursday.

IPL is like the Yeti

April 18 : It looks like a lot of people are getting disillusioned with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and I don’t just mean Subhash Chandra Goel and gang. The murky background stories aren’t letting up, so much so that many Bollywood producers are trying to acquire the right to this web upon

Summer vacation

April.04 : I hope you have done it. I hope you have already made plans. In fact, I sincerely hope you’ve all made your relevant bookings. In case you haven’t, I’ll deliver the bad news gladly. There are no deals left. Repeat, there are no deals left. Repeat, there are no deals left once more, just in case you are hard of writing. “No deals left.”

Kung Fu & Lee

March 21 : India is a wonderful country. Especially for those who have never actually lived here. Where else in the world would you celebrate the New Year every couple of weeks.

Sleepless but green

March 07 : As you sit comfortably in your blue lungi, sipping a hot cup of chai and are reading this, I will be stuck without sleep in a grubby studio with only another male for company. Now first, let’s look at your problem. Granted that as a female the

Painful pianos

Feb 21 : The other day while I lay sleeping, my son emitted what may have been (but can’t be confirmed) a musical note. Although I wasn’t sure from which orifice it exactly escaped from, the wife was absolutely certain it was a musical note. Her explanation?

Tickling stomachs in memoriam

Apr 05 : In the present political and social climate (not to mention the actual 41°C heat), no day could have more significance than April 1. Everyone is familiar with the idea of April 1, where one is expected to play pranks on one another. Amongst the most popular include the one I played on my wife, when I suggested we get married on April 1. This offer was happily accepted. However, the next day, when I broke the gag to her, the wife-to-be returned serve with one of her own. Apparently she had backdated the marriage certificate to March 31 — the marriage stood and the gag was declared null and void.

Swine flu scare

Swine flu is not funny. Let me clarify. Swine may be funny, flu rarely is. Unless, of course, you are using flu in a different context, such as, "Akhilesh flew Biman away and that’s why we’ve not heard from him for the past 72 hours".

Is Santa a fashion victim from Navi Mumbai?

Dec. 13: "Can I pull the beard?" my son innocently asked me the other day. At first I thought he was talking about the wife’s… er beard. But at closer examination and with some continuous research which wholly consisted of me repeating the phrase "whose beard, whose beard?" I found out that he was talking about Santa Claus.

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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.