T Surendar

T. Surendar

Deputy Editor

A.k.a Suri has written business features since the mid-90s when the Sensex would struggle to go past a 1000 points. He considers himself a bystander chronicling the struggles and triumphs of entrepreneurs and managements. Only Indian made Fiats and practising Iyengar yoga can distract him from a good story.

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Recent stories by T. Surendar:

The roots of a smart city

Subhash Chandra wants to build an infrastructure and utilities empire riding on the government’s ambitious smart cities project.

The quirky chemist

Keki Gharda is the grand old man of the Indian chemical industry. but will his eccentricities as a businessman mar his legacy?

Cash call from control room

Telecom network operating centres are meant to diagnose and resolve issues. But they are fast becoming sources for new revenue streams.

Star India's online dare

India’s largest broadcaster is making an audacious bet online. Can it win against the might of YouTube—and idiot-box wisdom?

When the wind blows

Bad timing and Tulsi Tanti’s vaulting ambition nearly finished Suzlon a few years ago. And now he’s back with a new story.

Phoenix rising

Sanjay Lalbhai is readying for his next big push. This time, though, he promises to be more cautious.

The scrip writer

Chitra Ramkrishna wants to reshape NSE. But more immediately, she’ll have to take a call on whether to list.

The new south Mumbai

The rapid gentrification of Lower Parel, once Mumbai’s industrial district, has created a tony neighbourhood—and triggered a gold rush.

New head. Newer thinking

Once set to be the largest domestic pharma player, Cipla lost out to more aggressive firms. Its new CEO is set to give the conservative company a fresh lease of life.

Why Shanghvi hired his boss

Dilip S. Shanghvi built Sun Pharma into India's most valuable pharma company. And now he's hired Israel Makov, former CEO of Teva, as its chairman. The inside story.

The big bet on data

Or why Mukesh Ambani is pumping in thousands of crores into Jio. Will this be the big telecom success he’s been seeking for so long?

We don’t want to own the Internet, instead our mindset is that of a facilitator: Ambani

In the second part of our interview with Mukesh Ambani, he told us that Jio has the culture of a startup. In the final part of the series, he talks about the importance of listening to the younger generation, and working together to build a successful business. Edited excerpts:

Jio has the culture of a startup, but we have a financially strong parent: Ambani

Reliance Jio marks Mukesh Ambani’s (CMD of Reliance Industries) second innings in the telecom sector. Back in 2002, he had launched Reliance Infocomm, where he unleashed cheap CDMA technology. In the second part of the interview, Ambani talks to Fortune India about some of the lessons he learnt from his first stint in the sector and the difference between the two ventures. Edited excerpts:

We are building the most essential infrastructure for every young Indian: Ambani

Mukesh Ambani, CMD of Reliance Industries, spent five years perfecting his pet project, Reliance Jio, for launch. And in September, after investing Rs 2.5 lakh crore and many hours at work, he unveiled the fourth-generation (4G) mobile service amid much fanfare. In the first of a three-part interview, Ambani talks to T. Surendar about his plans for Jio and how he believes technology will change our lives. Edited excerpts:

Zarin Daruwala: All the right moves

When Zarin Daruwala was named head of Stanchart India, eyebrows were raised. Was it wise to leave a large bank that was doing well to head a smaller one that was in deep financial trouble?

Indian pharma’s maverick thinker

Arun Kumar has led Strides Shasun into the Fortune India 500, off it, and into the next 500. He claims to not have a strategy, and that puzzles investors. He’s been buying and selling bits of the company, but finally seems to be in consolidation mode.

Why Ambani can afford to give free calls for life

When 70% of telecom revenues come from voice, here’s how Jio can give it away for nothing.

Reshaping the legacy

Is Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories missing its iconic founder?

Mukesh Ambani's big balancing act

Reliance’s refining and petrochem businesses are on a roll, but Jio, its much-anticipated 4G mobile service, has been beset with doubts. Can Ambani secure it—and his own reputation as the torchbearer of his father’s legacy?

A new home for Ranbaxy

Sun Pharma, ranbaxy’s new owner, has aggressive growth plans that don’t necessarily include brand Ranbaxy.