R Thyagarajan (RT) was a year senior to me in the hallowed precincts of the famous Vivekananda College. I have had fleeting glimpses of the lanky, dhoti-clad undergrad in the crowded classes of some of our renowned math professors. We pursued our post-graduation in Mathematics because the two of us had an instinctive fascination for figures; I mean numbers. That’s where our similarities end. RT went to work for an insurance company and then metamorphosed into a businessman extraordinary. That was natural, given his incredible vision and his relentless drive towards it. I taught for a couple of years at the Madras Christian College before taking the plunge into journalism.
In the years that I have known him, RT continues to be the humble giant that he always was, and wears success gently on his sleeves. Let the numbers do the talking. His business empire has: • A client base of 7.5 million, • Assets under management exceeding Rs 100,000 crore, • Number of employees upwards of 35,000 • A co
The regular budget of Tamil Nadu for 2016-17 estimates revenue receipts at Rs.148,175 crore. This marks a jump of just 7 per cent over the revised estimates of revenues of 2015-16 at Rs. 138,306 crore.
In the second week of July, Prime Minister Modi paid an official visit to South Africa for two days. The NDA government’s focus on Africa began in last October when India hosted the third IAFS Summit in New Delhi.
There was the concern of spending 164 hours aboard a ship, cut off from the Internet and the telephone, at 13,000 miles from office! I felt somewhat uneasy. I was also wondering about possible sea-sickness, reminded of Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat!
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.