TRW – the tide turned

By Kiron Kasbekar | 13 Dec 2023

There used to be an American company called Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc. This company, which was a global supplier of automotive systems, modules, and components to car and truck manufacturers, started small, as most companies do. Then, as the automotive industry grew bigger, so did TRW.

The rise and fall of Nokia

By Aniket Gupta | 07 Dec 2023

My interest is stories about dominant companies that failed all of a sudden. These companies were once etched into people’s minds but have since become a symbol of nostalgia. One such company, which was the biggest in its industry before it failed catastrophically, is Nokia.

Yahoo!: The first king of the internet

By Aniket Gupta | 01 Dec 2023

The year is 1994. You go to the internet to search for a particular website, but there is no Google that could be used to search your desired website. What do you do? The answer is that you use Yahoo.

The Bata vision

By Kiron Kasbekar | 22 Nov 2023

I find it strange that some big companies keep themselves shut off from public view. Not their products, of course, for the products are on sale worldwide. But their financial data.

The Sahara scam

By Aniket Gupta | 21 Nov 2023

Yes, that Sahara group, once branded as one of the biggest conglomerates in India, has since fallen into a web of controversies and legal battles with the Indian government.

The birth of Ashok Leyland

By Kiron Kasbekar | 20 Nov 2023

The company was first called Ashok Motors. The name came from the founder Raghunandan Saran’s son Ashok.

Segway: A transportation revolution that lost its way

By Aniket Gupta | 09 Nov 2023

The Segway is a motorized personal vehicle featuring a pair of wheels arranged in parallel on either side of a very short platform on which the rider stands, gripping handlebars for control.

Why is the Apple bitten?

By Aniket Gupta | 01 Nov 2023

In the world of tech giants, Apple reigns supreme. We’ve all seen that famous apple with a bite taken out of it gracing laptops, phones, and tablets everywhere. But why the nibble?

The epic tale of Nike’s iconic logo

By Aniket Gupta | 01 Nov 2023

Once upon a time in 1964, in the land of athletic dreams, two visionary souls, Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, came together to create a brand that would redefine sports and fashion forever.

When words ignited horsepower: Enzo Ferrari's taunt and Ferruccio Lamborghini’s response

By Aniket Gupta | 31 Oct 2023

Imagine you are a multi-millionaire. You are living comfortably in a huge mansion; you wish to move around in, or are already a member of the rich and famous.

John Pierpont Morgan: The man who shaped America’s banking industry - Part 1

By Aniket Gupta | 30 Oct 2023

One such individual was John Pierpont Morgan. He was a man who created the biggest financial entity in America, which survives to this date and is one of the most influential banking institutions in the world.

Charm of the trams: Mumbai's historic transport revisited

By Kiron Kasbekar | 27 Oct 2023

On 9 May 1874, Bombay (as Mumbai was called then) witnessed a groundbreaking moment in its transportation history - the inauguration of the first horse tram.

Books

Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster
by Susan Stranahan, David Lochbaum, The Union of Concerned Scientists | 11 Feb 2014
Krupp: A History of the Legendary German Firm
by Harold James | 26 Feb 2012
The Waste Makers
by Vance Packard | 15 Dec 2011
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