After studying law I vectored towards journalism by accident and it's the only job I've done since. It's a job that has taken me on a private jet to Jaisalmer - where I wrote India's first feature on fractional ownership of business jets - to the badlands of west UP where India's sugar economy is inextricably now tied to politics. I'm a big fan of new business models and crafty entrepreneurs. Fortunately for me, there are plenty of those in Asia at the moment.
The only thing tougher than making money as a retailer these days is making money as a food retailer. According to a research by Crisil, food retailers in India have lost Rs 13,000 crore since 2008. Crisil says no other vertical, such as apparel, consumer durables or footwear, has witnessed similar losses.