Free Press Journal
  • Children’s Day Special: Revisit the child in you

    Childhood stories change with generation but the innocence of those days remains the same, Pritha Banerjee reminiscences while we celebrate Children’s Day No classes, fancy dress, treats from teachers and Chacha Nehru… the thoughts that come to mind whenever someone talks about Children’s Day. If you are in school, this is the best day of…

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  • Halloween 2017: Celebrate the spookiness

    The spine-chilling horror has its own charm and party goers can’t wait to get ready for the Halloween bash, writes Pritha Banerjee  When I think of Halloween’s Day, my mind suddenly goes off to what I am used to seeing in a Hollywood movie. It involves series of activities like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns. Halloween’s…

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  • How medical technology is opening new possibilities

    Technology for the layman means anything which improves quality of product offering,  or saves time, or reduces cost, compared to the current standards. Healthcare, right from the time of quack medicines, raw roots and witchcraft spells, has had an aura of mystique around it. It has not been easy to apply mathematical parameters to this…

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  • ExTravelMoney co-founder George Zachariah discusses different aspects of online forex transactions

    Online forex transactions can be an alluring business model, if you get it right. In some ways, Kochi-based ExTravelMoney has managed to crack that code by keeping expenses low. This has helped the company to break-even and explore high-velocity growth in less than 3 years.  Co-founder George Zachariah talks about different aspects with Pankaj Joshi. Can…

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  • Eruditus Executive Education co-founder Chaitanya Kalipatnapu: We are very focused on career outcome for candidates

    Mumbai-based Eruditus Executive Education, is focussed on providing high-end professional development courses to employees in mid and higher management level. This is in collaboration with top-end business educational institutions. 2010-started Eruditus has a student base from  four different geographies.  The co-founder, Chaitanya Kalipatnapu, discusses the vision and future plans with Pankaj Joshi. Excerpts: Q. What…

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  • FPJ IMC Forum: Indian food processing sector is still ‘processing’…

    FPJ IMC Forum: Indian food processing sector is still ‘processing’…

    Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set an ambitious target of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022 with the spotlight on the food sector and its growth potential. Food processing takes the sector equation beyond mere output growth to value-addition, stability, job creation and sustained prosperity. The Free Press Journal organised a panel discussion on…

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  • Affordable housing will only take off if transport is robust: VBHC Value Homes COO Rahul Sabharwal

    Long before affordable housing became government’s priority and it became the buzzword, VBHC Value Homes realised its importance. For almost a decade now, VBHC has been going beyond strict norms of affordable housing to budget housing with a value proposition. Rahul Sabharwal, COO of the company which has operations in four different urban geographies, shares…

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  • Voonik CEO Sujayath Ali on reaching out to shoppers who look for ‘affordability’

    Marketed as India’s first personal shopping app, Voonik, which is based out of Bangalore, is witnessing remarkable traction and acceptability. Sujayath Ali, CEO and co-founder, talks to Pankaj Joshi about what exactly are the pegs of their business plan and where do they see it going. Excerpts: Q. Given the omni-channel proliferation and investments done…

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  • Good demand from consumers but low compliance acceptability

    As an online medicine order aggregator, Pharmeasy has had massive acceptability. However, the stringent norms around prescription that the aggregator follows at some levels were unaccepted. Dhaval Shah, co-founder, discusses his approach and learning with Pankaj Joshi. What has been the major hindrance to your business model? Demand and acceptability are not an issue. But…

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  • Dynamic menus for demanding gourmet

    Food Vista India-run Freshmenu has a strategic positioning of its own. It is in the food delivery business which delivers meal prepared at its own kitchen. It controls the whole activity chain from sourcing to delivery and menu that are dynamic but limited. Founder Rashmi Daga talks about the business space and growth plans with…

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  • Deepak Sahni, co-founder and CEO of Healthians, on potential of home-based pathology testing

    What was the genesis of your business idea? The idea of home-based pathology testing crystallised in April 2014, after my 12-year exposure (direct and indirect) to healthcare services. In 2006-08 in my personal capacity, I had represented India in the USA, pitching the country as an ideal medical tourism destination. An association was created, and…

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