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.

Articles By Saritha Rai

Navigating India’s web businesses: Fully Charged

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 […]

Rooms available, but only if you are a Beatles fan

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

Fifth Metro: Siddaramaiah’s Rolex moment

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

Techies find homes in Cupertino, Napa Valley — in Bengaluru

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

Rushing into a second marriage? Not something many Indian women want to do

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

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

How green is my wedding

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

AuGrav’s success with customised jewellery marries technology, craftsmanship

Running is the new golf in the field of corporate networking

More top executives opting for endurance running events

New timepass: Stuck in Bengaluru traffic? Laugh your way out with tweets

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

Why Stockholm punches above its weight in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dumped by families, dog’s life for pedigreed breeds

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

New transport apps in Bangalore are changing the way people commute

Fifth Metro: Just one flight away

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

Fifth Metro: Entry no bar

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

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

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

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

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

Fifth Metro: The retreat of Nandan Nilekani

He has withdrawn from politics.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