Author Archives: Venky

About Venky

Journalist, blogger, amused observer of worldly goings-on... More about me here.

Star-kaapi, anyone?

(This column was published in DNA edition dated January 15, 2011.) Venky Vembu The news that international coffee chain Starbucks is brewing plans to enter India through a tie-up with Tata Coffee leaves me, a confirmed caffeine junkie, considerably underwhelmed. … Continue reading

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China’s lack of growth drivers is a bigger risk than inflation: Michael Pettis

(This interview with Michael Pettis, professor at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, a specialist in Chinese financial markets, was published in DNA edition dated January 10, 2011.) China’s headline inflation numbers have had global financial markets bracing for tightening measures … Continue reading

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Imagine a world with easy visas on arrival…

(This column was published in DNA edition dated January 5, 2011.) Venky Vembu The ex-Beatle and irremediable peacenik John Lennon, who was murdered 30 years ago last month, wanted us to imagine a world without countries (or religions or possessions). … Continue reading

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When Barkha joins Sun TV, it’s time to eat your noodles

(This column, intended purely in jest as a turn-of-the-year satire, was published in DNA edition dated January 3, 2011.) Venky Vembu A year ago, I gave expression to my wish-list of 10 whacky things I’d like to see happen in … Continue reading

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‘Zombie ideas that caused the near-meltdown of financial markets are still driving policy’

(This interview, with John Quiggin, professor of economics at the University of Queensland in St Lucia and author of Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, was published in DNA edition dated January 3, 2011.) The arresting cover … Continue reading

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‘It’s a myth that Made-in-China goods are of poor quality’

(This interview about the campaign, by an unlikely candidate, to pitch the made-in-China label as measuring up to international quality standards, was published in DNA edition dated January 1, 2011. It offers an interesting counter-narrative to reports about the poor … Continue reading

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Wen a neighbour comes calling…

(This article, a curtain-raiser to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s upcoming visit to India, was published in DNA edition dated December 12, 2010.) Venky Vembu A chill wind is blowing across Beijing, but it isn’t just a momentary meteorological effect that … Continue reading

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