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Saritha Rai

Saritha Rai is a contributing editor based in Bangalore. She was formerly the business writer in India for The New York Times, and before that the tech writer in South Asia for TIME Asia.  She is currently a contributing editor at Forbes Asia, writes an India blog on,  a monthly column for CBS Interactive on India’s tech industry, and a column on social change in India for  Rai has a degree in journalism from Bangalore University and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

Navigating India’s web businesses: Fully Charged
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Saritha Rai Hello! Saritha Rai here from India. If I needed to direct you to my home in Bangalore, instead of simply giving you the address, I’d tell you the name of my neighborhood and that I live in the residential high-rise behind Oracle’s development center. Go past a certain mall and turn right at […]

Eye 2016
Rooms available, but only if you are a Beatles fan
Sun, Mar 06, 2016

How alternate homestays and B&B options are making this the Indian vacationer’s moment in time.

Fifth Metro: Siddaramaiah’s Rolex moment
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Karnataka CM will find it hard to explain away his pricey accessories

Techies find homes in Cupertino, Napa Valley — in Bengaluru
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

Many real estate projects being named after choice American locations to draw in NRIs and buyers who travel frequently to the United States.

Fifth Metro
Rushing into a second marriage? Not something many Indian women want to do
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Despite the growing openness in urban India and a rush of women joining the white collar workforce, Indian women find that marrying for the second time at an older age is extremely challenging.

Rs 600 cr Narayana Hrudayalaya IPO: Balancing affordable healthcare and the impending pressure for profits
Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Following the IPO, the promoters will own 62 per cent of the company.

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How green is my wedding
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

Sustainable, eco-friendly celebrations trump the big fat Indian shaadi at a handful of high-profile nuptials in Bangalore.

Fifth Metro: All that glitters is now 3D
Mon, Dec 07, 2015

AuGrav’s success with customised jewellery marries technology, craftsmanship

Running is the new golf in the field of corporate networking
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

More top executives opting for endurance running events

New timepass: Stuck in Bengaluru traffic? Laugh your way out with tweets
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

The first to make its Twitter debut was the notorious traffic snarl at Silk Board Junction, saying it will provide “timely and detailed traffic updates from India’s largest parking lot”.

Start-up city: Why Stockholm is miles ahead of Bangalore
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Why Stockholm punches above its weight in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dumped by families, dog’s life for pedigreed breeds
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

Upper middle class Indians with disposable incomes think nothing of spending Rs 50,000 to a few lakhs to buy a pup of a fancy breed, says Ridhima Coelho, who co-owns a pet supplies store, PAWS.

Fifth Metro: Upstart startups
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

New transport apps in Bangalore are changing the way people commute

Fifth Metro: Just one flight away
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

A nonstop flight between Bangalore and Silicon Valley is a great idea

Fifth Metro: Entry no bar
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

A government without the time to fix Bangalore’s countless problems somehow has the bandwidth to regulate its social clubs.

With starting corpus of Rs 100 cr, Bengaluru billionaires register media trust
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

The Bengaluru-based Independent and Public Spirited Media Trust with a starting corpus of Rs 100 crore has been anchored by Wipro chairman Azim Premji and philanthropist Rohini Nilekani.

The great abdication
Tue, Sep 08, 2015

Bangalore is missing from smart cities list. It has been let down by its leaders.

Data Analytics To Shopping App: With ethical hackers, Bengaluru takes tech policing to next level
Thu, Aug 20, 2015

If Karnataka’s Chief Minister has over 24,000 Twitter followers, Bengaluru’s police commissioner has more than 3,50,000 followers.

Fifth Metro: Tweet your protest
Mon, Aug 17, 2015

A Bangalore suburb could show the way for civic agitations in India

Fifth Metro: The retreat of Nandan Nilekani
Mon, Aug 03, 2015

He has withdrawn from politics. And thereby hangs a tale.

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NoRoomForHer.Com: E-commerce industry in India is male-dominated
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

The e-commerce sector in India is going through an unprecedented surge. Yet, the number of women who are part of this growth story is strikingly few. What holds them back and how has it changed the lives of the few who have broken through

Pub to public: Pecos becomes first pub to list on stock exchange
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

It became a sensation not just for its beer and the grub but also its retro 1960s and 1970s rock music.

Full circle: Corporate, politics to start-ups
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

Nilekani says his current status in the Congress Party is “inactive”. Though he did not elaborate, the dormant status is likely a prelude to quitting politics.

Tech firmsChanging times: HR policies reflect sync with new age demands
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Flipkart’s Adoption Assistance Program will provide Rs 50,000 allowance to cover legal, agency and regulatory costs.

Fifth Metro: Watch the watchmen
Fri, Jul 10, 2015

Karnataka’s lokayukta is facing allegations of serious corruption, damaging the credibility of the office.