Kushan Mitra

Kushan Mitra

Turbo lover

Turbo lover

Friday, 10 July 2020 | Kushan Mitra

Maybe Judas Priest can have a renaissance as well. Just like turbocharged petrol engines have One has to give credit where it is due. Hyundai-Kia has in the past year dramatically changed the image as well as the demand for turbocharged petrol engines in India. The Hyundai Venue was the first...

The new normal, or just abnormal

The new normal, or just abnormal

Friday, 08 May 2020 | Kushan Mitra

Is going online a solution for selling and servicing cars? The Coronavirus might have changed life for the entire planet but one thing has not changed, our penchant for catchphrases. The latest one made popular by political leaders, scientists and media columnists is ‘the new normal’; as in we will all...

Remembering Rudy

Remembering Rudy

Friday, 24 April 2020 | Kushan Mitra

Rudratej ‘Rudy’ Singh, president, BMW Group India, who passed away earlier this week, will be missed by one and all Late morning on Monday, when I received a call from a friend at another car company asking whether the rumour that Rudy had passed away, I dismissed it as a hoax...

Oil wealth crisis

Oil wealth crisis

Thursday, 23 April 2020 | Kushan Mitra

The outbreak of Coronavirus is changing the nature of everything. What’s sure is that the energy industry will never be the same again. But why did this happen? Let’s take a quick primer As West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude prices collapsed into the negative territory in an afternoon of frenetic trading,...

The empty sky

The empty sky

Monday, 13 April 2020 | Kushan Mitra

Never before has an industry moved directly from a golden age to a dark age in a matter of weeks. Will global aviation weather this crisis? Will it survive in any recognisable form? The flight-tracking service, Flightradar24, is a very useful application for frequent flyers. By allowing passengers to see traffic...

Engine stalled

Engine stalled

Friday, 03 April 2020 | Kushan Mitra

The Indian automotive industry will take a long time to recover from the pandemic The sales figures for March are in, and the year-end usually used to see a lot of deals as dealers and manufacturers tried to clear their stocks. This March has been a bloodbath though. With dealerships effectively...

The car as a metaphor

The car as a metaphor

Friday, 06 March 2020 | Kushan Mitra

The automobile has shaped human thought for over a century as the most potent symbol of mobility and one of our enduring signs of personal freedom. But is that image changing in modern times? Sometimes, not having to write about ‘a’ car allows me the freedom to write on cars because...

Aviation industry catches the flu

Aviation industry catches the flu

Thursday, 05 March 2020 | Kushan Mitra | New Delhi

It is almost a year since Jet Airways shut down operations, and while some of that airline’s Boeing 737 are still flying about with Jet’s unmistakable dark blue tails for SpiceJet and Vistara, the aviation industry in India lurches towards another crisis. It should not be like this, Vistara just...

Sunday Edition

India, China’s quest for influence in S Asia

05 July 2020 | Amit Kumar | Smita Tiwary | Agenda

A mission towards Atmanirbhar Bharat

05 July 2020 | Renu Swarup | Agenda

On shaky ground

05 July 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

Talktime : ‘Doing scary things challenges me’

05 July 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

CHINI KUM

05 July 2020 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

‘May direct more animation projects’

05 July 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer