Kushan Mitra

Section 377 and why it should go

Friday, 13 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

Queen Victoria took a lot of precious stones from India; in return, she bequeathed us a bunch of stone-age views on morality A Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice, Dipak Misra should finally rid India of that anachronistic law that criminalised all sex against the course of nature. Section 377...

The case for a super-sedan

Friday, 13 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Audi’s RS5 is a brilliant car on the track but would it make much sense on the road? The last few months have seen luxury car manufacturers drop some really exciting new car models. BMW brought the new M5, Mercedes brought in the AMG E63S and not to be left behind...

‘There has been a dramatic shift to petrol cars’

Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Rahil Ansari, Head of Audi India, was in Greater Noida recently to meet with customers ahead of the Audi Sportscar Experience. He took some time out to have a chat with Kushan Mitra. Excerpts: Are events like the Audi Sportscar Experience a good way to connect with your customers? Indeed, and not...

Big step for Samsung; can they take on Chinese rivals

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | New Delhi | in Business

When Finnish phone-maker Nokia had their big fall from grade, South Korean Samsung Electronics was sitting pretty. The company was proving to be Apple Computer’s biggest competitor in the high-end smartphone space, Samsung’s series of high-end Galaxy S smartphones have been the iPhone’s biggest rivals for years. In India, Samsung became...

Utility, meet Sport

Friday, 06 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

Let’s be honest, most Sports Utility Vehicles while utilitarian are hardly sporty. But then there is the BMW X4 M40d which redefines all that Sports Utility Vehicle or SUV, the guy who thought up the moniker, must be laughing because he was likely a sarcastic stand-up in the mould of George...

Meet the self-loathing Indian

Friday, 29 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

There are many problems with India but we seem to take peculiar pleasure in running down our country in front of foreigners Yours truly travels a fair bit across the world, and has noticed a peculiar variety of Indian passport holder. The self-loathing Indian who takes it upon himself or herself...

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Friday, 22 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The refresh of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a little more of everything making it better than the sum of its parts Driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class down the lovely roads of the Mosel Valley in western Germany, you get a sense that this car is ever so slightly improved over its...

The Kremlin has been stormed by the Aztecs!

Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | Moscow | in Today's Newspaper

Moscow might be 10,000 kilometres from Mexico City and even further from other Latin and South American capitals but you would not know while on a walk around the Kremlin or St Basil’s Cathedral. The city of Moscow has been invaded by thousands upon thousands of fans, and the...

Are we worse drivers than before?

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

There are hundreds of technological aids in cars nowadays. But has that made us worse drivers than our forefathers? From April 1, 2019, all vehicles sold in India will have to pass offset frontal crash tests and will mandatorily have safety features such as front airbags — only driver and front...

The CVT craze

Friday, 08 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

As Indians increasingly move down the automatic route, some carmakers are preferring to incorporate CVT gearboxes. But what are Continuously Variable Transmissions and how are they different? A decade ago, there were few options if you wanted to buy a small automatic hatchback or small sedan. Maruti had a four-speed on...


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