Money & Careers

Looking back, looking ahead

Dilip Kapur  

Industry is the key

Puducherry has grown at over five per cent a year between 2000 and 2007, and is continuing to grow. And, the BPO industry has grown significantly. Education and healthcare too have contributed to the overall growth. Light engineering, electronics, and knowledge-based industries will be the prime drivers of economic growth in future. The proposed multi-purpose SEZ and the upcoming Puducherry airport will also propel development. High-end services, connectivity, tourism and industry will transform Puducherry into a vibrant and sought-after destination, for leisure, business and quality of life, in the next 10 years.

Founder, MD and CEO

Integra Software Services

Art unravels…

Where Adi Shakti is concerned, the last ten years have been marked by leaps into the unknown. We have succeeded in advancing the theatre arts by breaking a certain way of doing theatre. In the next ten years, theatre will only advance further. But, charting a ten-year plan for Adi Shakti will only put a barrier on our thoughts and impulses. Instead, our art will unravel as and when the need arises within us. It is going to be surprising, not just for our audiences, but also for us.

Artistic Director and Trustee

Adi Shakti

A better Pondy experience

When we opened Le Dupleix, people made fun of us, saying there was no scope for rooms priced at over Rs. 3,000 in a town such as Pondy. But, the hotel went on to change the way people looked at the town itself. Today, Pondy, once running the danger of becoming another Mahabalipuram, has become an upmarket tourist destination, attracting tourists, mainly youngsters, from all over the world.There are many upmarket hotels all over the town. But, over the next ten years, I see new spas, lounges, restaurants, and retail stores opening here, so tourists can have a better Pondy experience.



Owner, Le Dupleix and Promenade Hotels

President, Hidesign

Lift me up!

Over the last ten years, powerlifting has been slowly, but surely, edging out the more strenuous Olympic game weightlifting as a popular sport in Puducherry. Since my gold medal win at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships, and victories of other players at the international level, the sport has been gaining more visibility. We do not have to wait for ten years. The next Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships, to be held in two years, will see, at least, five players from Puducherry participating. Hopefully, there will be more patrons of the sport, who will sponsor the talent here.



Powerlifting Champion

World Rank 8

Music to the ears

The music scene has changed drastically over the last ten years. While there remains a 300-strong dedicated Western music audience, people, in general, are more receptive to foot-tapping indipop and film music. The sad thing over the last ten years is that there are not too many good musicians in Puducherry anymore. Even those who are good do not think that being a musician is a viable career option, despite there being so many opportunities. But, over the next ten years, we old-timers will continue to host and support events such as SecSat Pondy and Freedom Jam, and do our bit to encourage good music in Pondy.



Veteran musician and DJ


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