Finally with the 'resignation' of Bob Houghton as Indian national football team coach, a saga that was increasingly turning distasteful has ended. Discussed are possible replacements and the importance of setting up of or following the system that Houghton set up over the last five years, because India is struggling from the development perspective as well. Meanwhile, the I-league is in a very interesting phase & I-League 2nd division has also surprisingly emerged as a fiercely contested competition. This podcast covers a bit on the teams in these two groups.

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BiziNation # 53: Cardless Banking in India

Saturday, 30 April 2011 23:11 Published in Bizination

India may soon have cardless banking if Nandan Nilekani and his team working on the Unique Identification Number can complete the project in time. After the initial testing among a sample size of 58,000 people, the project looks like it's in the right direction. In this podcast, we talk about this new way of exchanging cash from the technology as well as the consumer perspective. With an influx of 3G ads on television, we cover a few ads which have been successful in breaking the clutter, if only marginally. In other news, Kishore Biyani plans to recreate a Big Bazaar like model in the finance world.

 

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  • The UID project's ambitious objective
  • Kishore Biyani plans to open Finance Superstores

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Philip Coggan, The Economist's Capital Markets Editor joins us to talk about his special report on Pensions. Things have changed quite a bit since the first pension scheme was introduced by Otto Von Bismarck back in the 19th century. As people in developed countries are living longer, the pressure on the working population is mounting steadily to support the greying economies. In this podcast, Philip suggests different ways to tackle this problem by citing examples of governments which are doing it right and a few others which aren't.

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Indicast # 141: The Lokpal Bill

Monday, 18 April 2011 05:30 Published in Indicast

Anna Hazare waited for a few days before he broke his fast. The Congress relented. In this podcast, we try and bring you what the Lokmat Bill means and why did Hazare press for it? In Sports, Sachin Tendulkar has been declared the Wisden's Leading Cricketer of the year. Pakistan plans to bring their own version of IPL amidst their captain Afridi making some interesting comments on India.

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Lessons From Life #3: Successful Marriages

Wednesday, 13 April 2011 15:59 Published in Other Shows

Royal WeddingMarriages might be made in heaven but have to be maintained in the real world. This week's lesson from life is inspired by upcoming Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Everyone is sure that it'll be a fairytale wedding ceremony, but will the couple have a fairytale married life? The comparisons to the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana are obvious.

Shoba Narayan picks up on this thread and talks about the secrets to a happy married life.

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The Curious Mind

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 05:30 Published in Pages

The Curious Mind is a podcast that deals with, well, curiosity. There are so many things in the world that we think we know but have zero knowledge about. For example: What is laughter? - We all do it, but we have no idea why is laughter called the best medicine? There are many types of laughter, each conveying a different meaning. Did you know that? Every week we will bring to you a topic so ridiculously mundane that you would be left scratching your head. We attempt to satisfy our curiosity and discuss our findings with you in a 30 minute podcast episode.

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Indicast # 140 - Anna Hazare: Take a Bow

Sunday, 10 April 2011 05:30 Published in Indicast

Sanjeev Agarwal, the Joint CEO of Big Bazaar joins us to talk about his experience of watching India play at Mohali, Ahmedabad and finally at Mumbai where India lifted the World Cup trophy after 28 years. Anna Hazare's fast unto death has finally succeeded in moving people in the parliament to come up with the Lokpal bill after a longer wait of 42 years. Aditya brings up a puberty related topic where our adolescents are getting bolder by the era.

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Robert Lane Greene, the International Correspondent of The Economist has released his first book titled, 'You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity'. In this podcast, Lane clearly distinguishes the sticklers from the linguists. While he supports those who strive to write and talk by making use of correct grammar, he is against the mindless infatuation with the subject. He also tells us a bit about the process of writing his book while juggling between a day job and learning new languages while at it; the man is proficient in nine languages!

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