Free Press Journal
  • Vinod Sharma: Every Artists’ Best Friend

    I was first introduced to Vinod Sharma as the artist all artists want to befriend. A smile never leaves Vinod’s face. Jovial, warm and effusive, 64-years old Sharma is the perfect picture of bonhomie. But none of this easy demeanor distracts from his artistic genius.

  • Ayushmann Khurrana: The real man of the silver screen

    Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is quickly becoming the brand ambassador of Indian male sexual problems. Riding on the success of Bareilly Ki Barfi, the actor is all set for his next film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, which deals with problems of erectile dysfunction. Talking about this new tag, the actor says that real men go through problems not superheroes.

  • ‘Chemical industry collaborates with government to ease teething issues’ – Alok Gautam, Country Logistics and Supply Chain Leader, Dow India

    Dow Chemical International Pvt Ltd, popularly called Dow India, is one of the major players in the country as far as manufacturing and supply of specialty chemicals are concerned. In an interview, Alok Gautam, Country Logistics and Supply Chain Leader, Dow India, explains to PK Chatterjee the current challenges of the Indian Chemical Logistics segment and how Dow India is tackling the same.

  • Imarticus’ MD Nikhil Barshikar discusses future of company dealing with skilling and re-skilling

    Given the large-scale job losses and the demographic profile of India, the urgency of creating employability is now at its peak. Imarticus, since its existence for over five years, aims to bridge the gap between available skills and needed skills through focussed training in the financial services space. Imarticus’ MD, Nikhil Barshikar talks to Pankaj Joshi about future.

  • Painter Rekha Rao: Keeping Her Father’s Legacy

    My first meeting with Rekha was on the cruise from Stockholm to Oslo. Graceful, soft-spoken, mild-mannered and very very polite: Rekha is the epitome of good upbringing and great lineage. A pleasure to be with, always.

  • GR Iranna: Searching for Life within Art

    I first met GR Iranna at an Art Camp in Scandinavia. At first I found him a bit dour, and distant. Pronouncedly aloof, socially inert. But as he opened up bit-by-bit, he came through as a warm, emotive and sunny individual. Full of humour. Full of knowledge. Full of ideas.

  • NTPC: Anchors strongly in turbulence – Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC

    The power business worldwide is in a flux and India too has felt this impact at some level. With falling equipment prices and power project tariffs, the traditional calculations have somewhat become irrelevant. NTPC, the largest power generation company is in the eye of this storm and has had its policies scrutinised by sector observers. Gurdeep Singh, CMD of the company discusses the sector storms and the company’s plans with R N

  • Economics of Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway

    One of the ambitious projects that Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is focusing on is Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor.  This project is known to be the pet project of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and promises to connect Eastern Maharashtra with Western Maharashtra. Despite the economics that support the project, there has been a hue and cry when authorities started approaching farmers and tribal communities to buy land. The project which was

  • 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 I helped individual hospitals set up their international patient departments, and in making a sound digital presence.
    By 2013, I had

  • Power2SME founder and CEO R Narayan discusses various aspects of MSME segment

    Like most fintech companies, Power2SME has also found its niche. The company which was established five years back has more than 50,000 clients in the MSME segment. This finance facilitator has a large base of small and growing businesses and it has used this as a good alternative sales channel for large businesses in different industries. The founder and CEO R Narayan explains different aspects of the business to Pankaj Joshi.

  • Mohan Nair, chief marketing officer of Avenues, discusses digital payments ecosystem

    In the early 2000s when ecommerce was still nascent and a high element of risk was involved in online transactions, Avenues was among the pioneers that created a series of products in the space. Today, this online payments management company is a key player in the digital payments ecosystem, powering 1, 50,000 merchants. Mohan Nair, chief marketing officer, shares his vision with Pankaj Joshi.