When we we were in school, we were told we should read the newspaper. So we did read the news paper. Then came 1977 – so Indian Express, Ramnath Goenka and Arun Shourie became a habit. OMG we would even discuss the newspaper. When a letter got published in the ‘letters to the editor’ column, it called for celebration. It meant you could write!! It was almost like being established as a writer! Well at 15 years it was great. The money that dad paid for the portable ‘brother’ typewriter was suddenly ‘vasool’. L O L.

Now Google tells me what to read. Some words have been chosen…so when those stories are published, I read. The other reason to read is there are many journalists whose stories I like to read. Some are grown up, some are kids – so nice to see the larvae turning to butterfly, is it not?

In personal finance especially I seem to recognise the byline and then read the story….but it is good fun for sure.

A couple of days back somebody marked this Nokia story…and the detailing, the analysis, the depth really hit me. Not that such stories have not been done, but it is not common to see journalists do such detailed stories. Nice story on the slipping of Nokia by 2 young journalists. Not sure if Malini Goyal is the same Malini who was in Forbes (I remember her doing a nice story on job loss if my memory serves me right) – she had called me for a life insurance story..but nothing came of it. The other journalist is Kamya Jaiswal who has shifted from ‘personal finance’ to business journalism.

The story is well done. Good story girls, keep it up…linking it for others to read..

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-03-27/news/29194836_1_nokia-india-nokia-c7-handset-market

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  1. Hi Subra,

    I see most of the CEOs have shorter view enough to fill their own coffers. Look at google who is being challenged on Online advertisement and faces threat from Facebook. All the culture of open office, employees having free time to implement their own ideas has not yielded the results.

    If you look at European companies, monarchy is in their blood. Even if you have great ideas to share there is nil chance of getting accepted. I have worked with few European companies and looks like Nokia is not an exception.

    What goes up and has to come down!

    Regards

    Atul

  2. All companies need to have a ‘python’ culture, even if they are slow moving! you need to shed skin/practices because over a period of time bureaucracy creeps into the best of organisations.
    Even Apple had to have a rebirth before it could regain its clout. And MS did its best to extend its monopoly as long as it could/can.
    But the biggest problem is the Vibhishana in your camp. Stephen Elop is ex Microsoft and how he managed to convince the Nokia board to drop Symbian or Maemo will be the eternal question – when post mortems are made.

  3. Thank you 🙂 Coming from you, (who can rip apart a bad story like few people I know), this is so encouraging!!

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