Contributors / Aarti Betigeri

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On the charge

Young, fresh Jacinda Ardern has gone from unknown quantity to opposition leader in a matter of weeks – and captured hearts and minds in the process. As she outlines her strategy for a better New Zealand, it would seem…

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Fresh appeal

A poverty-stricken nation with the potential to become a global powerhouse, India’s greatest challenge is its biggest hope: can Modi harness the power of the youth?

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Talking shop: Aussie retail

As the three great Australian high streets we’ve profiled attest, the country’s retail market is proving resilient in spite of the strength of e-commerce and the rise of malls. Australians are still keen to spend money in…

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Made in Australia: Jardan

As far as the firms over the next four pages are concerned, if you want a job done properly you do it yourself. Be they making bikes, furniture, microphones, ferries or guitars, these are companies that all revel in the…

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Home from home

As Japanese firms look to India for expansion, one Rajasthani town has evolved into a thriving expat business district for would-be investors.

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Happy Valley

In just 30 years, Bhutan has gone from underdeveloped status to having the highest per capita GDP in South Asia. But does the march towards modernisation threaten its Gross National Happiness?

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Bienvenue en Inde

Nestled in a corner of India is a town of pétanque and pâtisseries: Pondicherry is home to 7,000 French expats. It’s a microcosm of the flourishing business ties between France and India, but is it ready for major economic…

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Drug Wars

The practices of the health and pharmaceutical industries have no shortage of critics but there's an equally tricky battle to change consumers' perceptions once a product get the green light. Monocle meets some of the…

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Past life

The West Bengali city is at a crossroads. On the one hand Kolkata wants to re-establish the look and feel of its Raj glory days. On the other, it wants to brand itself as a contemporary culture and business gateway open to…

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The jungle look

A Belgian couple living on Sri Lanka’s southern coast commissioned Japanese architect Tadao Ando to build them a weekend retreat. The concrete edifice he designed is a picture-perfect set-up for the artist and her husband…


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