Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Towards healthy, wealthy India

The list of threats that can derail the India growth story typically includes inflation, a creaking infrastructure, corruption, Maoists and the Kashmir tangle.

Struggling for a place in the sun

The one image from last year that sticks in the mind as 2011 rolls in is a scene from Mankaki, a tiny village in Haryana’s Mewat region.

Happy new age of leaks is here

Do Wikileaks and Radiagate spell the end of privacy as we know it? Or did they just usher in a brave, new world of hyper-transparency? Is WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange a hero or a villain?

Talk better health, talk politics

What does Nitish Kumar’s Bihar and a Swiss town best known for its jazz festival and a statue of rock legend Freddie Mercury have in common?

India’s litany of woes

It is official. India’s mobile boom has a dark side. The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) latest report tells us that the national exchequer has been deprived of some `1,76,000 crore due to the rigged auction of 2G mobile-telephone licences in 2008, popularly known as the 2G telecom scam. At the time of writing, skeletons in

Obama & the P-word

Can a US President visiting India avoid the “P” word? The answer is a resounding “no”, as Barack Obama learnt the hard way.

Why is Costa Rica smiling?

In Eat Pray and Love, the Hollywood blockbuster, Italy is where heroine Elizabeth Gilbert’s pursuit of happiness begins. Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts, goes on to “pray” in India and eventually finds “love” in the arms of a Brazilian in Bali, Indonesia. But despite what the promos say, blogosphere is full of acidic comments that the lovely Roberts has been upstaged this time by even lovelier visuals of spaghetti at a Roman restaurant, thin, crispy crust Neapolitan-style pizza, cinnamon-ginger gelato,

When mud shack meets MP3

When mobile phone marketers light up at the mention of the man in the mud shack, you know something serious is happening in the Indian countryside. The big picture is the soaring number of mobile phone connections in the country — over 670 million at last count. Zoom in, and there is the more fascinating story of how low-cost, long-battery-life cellphones are showing millions of Indians a way out of the ghetto.

Sensex aur shauchalaya

We can thank Commonwealth Games organising committee general-secretary Lalit Bhanot for placing toilets firmly in the collective consciousness of this nation.

When hospitals call in sick

Dinesh Trivedi, India’s junior health minister, recently said that he feels “safer in a plane than inside a hospital”.

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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.