Madhusheel Arora

Madhusheel Arora

Madhusheel Arora is a chief copy editor. He anchors and edits for the Chandigarh news desk of Hindustan Times.

Articles by Madhusheel Arora
(Keshav Singh/HT)
(Keshav Singh/HT)

TiECON 2020: She can’t express emotions, but Sophia has a game plan

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Madhusheel Arora, Mohali
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 12:38 AM IST
An interesting conversation with a humanoid from Hong Kong, Sophia, at the Indian School of Business, Mohali, reveals a lot about the future of the human-robot relationship
Nothing but a great book can get a child’s imagination to soar.(Sourced)
Nothing but a great book can get a child’s imagination to soar.(Sourced)

Child’s first reading list

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 02:53 PM IST
Young and impressionable: What children read impacts generations as they grow up and pass on their learnings and, hopefully, the well-thumbed and dog-eared books, to their little ones. HT has a primer on what’s popular in children’s books
Nestled in a quiet corner with Sectors 23, 37, 15 and 25 for company, Sector 24 is welcoming and open. It is known for its temples and celebrations.(HT Photo)
Nestled in a quiet corner with Sectors 23, 37, 15 and 25 for company, Sector 24 is welcoming and open. It is known for its temples and celebrations.(HT Photo)

Chandigarh’s Sector 24: Where time stands still

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 02:20 PM IST
There is little private accommodation and you would come here if you wanted to meet the mayor at his official residence or visit a temple, standing here since 1812.
Dr Anchal Thakur, a research associate at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) research and mother of a four-year-old, believes that moms should explore the stock market without any hand-holding by a stockbroker as these days a lot of information is available online.(Sikander Chopra/HT)
Dr Anchal Thakur, a research associate at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) research and mother of a four-year-old, believes that moms should explore the stock market without any hand-holding by a stockbroker as these days a lot of information is available online.(Sikander Chopra/HT)

Make Mother’s Day special: Moms, let’s plan finances

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Aishwarya Khosla and Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2018 03:27 PM IST
Make it special: This Mother’s Day (May 13), gift yourself financial freedom by taking stock of your money and bolster financial security for yourself and your child; meet some women who are walking the talk.
IT firms move to protect profitability and growth with appraisals deferred to July.(Getty Images)
IT firms move to protect profitability and growth with appraisals deferred to July.(Getty Images)

The axe-files: IT workers in Chandigarh panicky on lay-offs plaguing sector

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2017 11:34 AM IST
5-10% of 17,000-odd work-force in the city could be asked to leave over this fiscal with the US mandating that only Americans are hired by tightening visa norms
The modus operandi is clever and simple. Just a few days ago an advertisement appeared in a popular vernacular daily inviting applications from unfettered, graduate boys and girls for jobs at airports.(HT File/Representative image)
The modus operandi is clever and simple. Just a few days ago an advertisement appeared in a popular vernacular daily inviting applications from unfettered, graduate boys and girls for jobs at airports.(HT File/Representative image)

Fraudulent advertisements: Beware of job scams in the name of airport

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2017 12:29 PM IST
Barely two weeks after instances of fake PGI appointment letters being circulated online came to light, a similar scam is operating in the region, this time in the name of the international airport and the Amritsar airport.

Capital talk:Biz lessons from water

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2016 10:41 AM IST
Water, or the lack of it, has been grabbing headlines for the past fortnight or so with even the powerful and lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) being directed by the Bombay high court to shift match venues to ensure the precious resource is not wasted in cities, already reeling under shortage of the precious resource
Our education system emphasises obedience, subservience and learning by rote, all qualities that are essentially required to succeed in the cut-throat competitive world of professionals, naukripeshas as we are called.(HT Photo)
Our education system emphasises obedience, subservience and learning by rote, all qualities that are essentially required to succeed in the cut-throat competitive world of professionals, naukripeshas as we are called.(HT Photo)

Capital talk: Making a living

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2016 01:05 PM IST
There are two types of education: One teaches you how to make a living and the other how to live: American saying

Capital talk: Thinking about thought

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2016 10:47 AM IST
What is obvious in hindsight, might be invisible in foresight,” said Edward de Bono, a UK-based thinking trainer.

Capital talk: No credit to banks

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2016 09:23 AM IST
The relatively high cost of money — or in other words, the interest rate — has evoked strong reactions from powerful quarters.
Just as with the key three elements of creation, a pitched battle has broken out for control over the internet between mega corporations and people who want to regulate its content, timing and delivery depending on the intended target group of recipients, and others who think it needs to be as free of control as possible..(Photo: AFP/shutterstock.com)
Just as with the key three elements of creation, a pitched battle has broken out for control over the internet between mega corporations and people who want to regulate its content, timing and delivery depending on the intended target group of recipients, and others who think it needs to be as free of control as possible..(Photo: AFP/shutterstock.com)

Capital Talk: Controlling the internet

UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2016 11:12 AM IST
Psychology teaches us that people can live with anything and everything till the time they feel a sense of control over their lives. Even in the most adverse of circumstances, this emotion of being in-charge can do wonders and is perhaps responsible for miraculous tales of human survival that emerge out of calamities.

Capitaltalk: From health to wellness

Hindustantimes | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2016 06:34 PM IST
In the previous piece, I had referred to the increasing difficulty for an ordinary citizen to identify whether the medicine strip he has just bought is generic or branded as the packaging for both is almost similar, or at times, is almost a carbon copy of each other. Stakeholders, are unwilling to come on record, except perhaps the patients, who are unfortunate enough to have to bear with the exorbitant pricing of almost all kinds of medicines everywhere.
Generics are cheaper as the companies making these tweak with the process to arrive at the same medicine (product) as the branded drug maker.(HT Photo)
Generics are cheaper as the companies making these tweak with the process to arrive at the same medicine (product) as the branded drug maker.(HT Photo)

Capital talk: Rs 14 a tablet, why?

HindustanTimes | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2016 10:20 AM IST
Most of us who have had the misfortune of falling ill or are battling a chronic medical condition know that the healthcare cost in our country remains terribly-terribly high, mostly due to inflated cost of medicines.
Aamir Khan’s comments on intolerance attracted the wrath of politicians as well as his Bollywood colleagues.(IANS)
Aamir Khan’s comments on intolerance attracted the wrath of politicians as well as his Bollywood colleagues.(IANS)

Capital Talk:Be yourself, please

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2015 10:26 AM IST
Communication remains both an art and a science and there are few who can actually say what they mean and mean what they say.

Capital talk:Earned learning works

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2015 10:12 AM IST
LEARNING! The only real route to great riches remains the most vital skill one can have in the professional space. Yet, it is the most neglected concept in the country, especially in northern states like Punjab, my home state.
The 4th revolution will spawn cyber wars, where humans would, at best, play a bystander role.
The 4th revolution will spawn cyber wars, where humans would, at best, play a bystander role.

Capital Talk: The 4th revolution

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2015 01:10 PM IST
Human history has been a web of revolutions. From the times when thought and life seemed to stand still in the early modern world (except for local wars and disease that wiped out populations) to an era when we had the advent of the industrial revolution in the UK in the 1760s, the pace of change has been slow and gradual.
To tackle hacking, we now have companies that offer services in the field of what is, technically, called Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing.(HT Photo)
To tackle hacking, we now have companies that offer services in the field of what is, technically, called Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing.(HT Photo)

Capital talk: Passcode to online safety

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2015 09:33 AM IST
The internet economy has created several new jobs and concepts. One such concept is hacking, a profession that is only now gradually making its way to the mainstream, where people are running companies that offer solutions aimed at securing an organisation’s entire online infrastructure and data.

Capital Talk: Respect the farmer

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
PUBLISHED ON OCT 13, 2015 04:57 PM IST
The current cotton crop crisis in Punjab and the attendant light it throws up on how we treat our farmers paints a picture that is far worse than anything you and I face in the course of our work life.
YesSettle, an online platform by Chandigarh-based lawyer, help settle disputes between two sets of people out of court.
YesSettle, an online platform by Chandigarh-based lawyer, help settle disputes between two sets of people out of court.

Capital Talk: Settling in online

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2015 10:18 AM IST
Going to court and settling disputes remains a scary thought for most of us. Even as we respect and honour the judicial system, the presumption always is — unfair perhaps — that settling any civil dispute in court should be the last option.

Capital Talk: The money scale

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2015 09:32 AM IST
Somehow, whenever I have to spend some money, at the back of my mind, there is always the thought, am I spending it right? This, I presume is what most of you also go through.

Capital Talk: Organised change

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2015 12:40 PM IST
What is the most coveted hard-skill in employees? The answer in today’s multimedia and fast-paced world has to be the ‘ability to organise and make sense of information’. One could easily dismiss this contention as being too frivolous and something that a midlevel secretary should be able to do in his/her sleep.
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Monday stock mayhem spells pain, is there an easy way out?

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2015 07:58 PM IST
The Indian stock markets have experienced what, in some circles, is being described as a black Monday.
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Striking gold by cracking the price code

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2015 05:17 PM IST
Many of us are repenting having bought gold at around `29,000 per 10-gm barely a year or so ago. The ‘pain’ of having parted with those extra thousands of rupees, gets especially acute, when we hear that the prices could fall even lower.

Capital Talk: Owning your job!

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2015 12:24 PM IST
There has always been an eternal debate between people who hold jobs and those who are into business on how a swap was all they needed to perk up their life. Businesspersons gripe on the fixed weekly-off schedule of jobholders and acutely resent the relatively stable format of a job-life.

Printing the future - the 3-D way

By Madhusheel Arora, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2015 11:51 AM IST
Imagine if you could print your house or take out a plastic miniature clone of your loved ones in 3D (dimensions), before your very eyes, all in a matter of hours, using your computer and a printer that is no larger than a normal desktop.

Capital Talk: Roads for productivity

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2015 10:36 AM IST
A thing that repeatedly strikes me about Chandigarh is how little the city’s road network has changed over the past two decades. All roads — almost to a T — have remained of the same width and no expansion has been done, except perhaps adding a cycle track here or there and cosmetic widening at certain points. The map has changed to a little extent in Sector-17 with the overbridge coming up and a new route to Panchkula through its Industrial Area, another important addition.

Chandigarh's online entrepreneurs: The clicks that count

Hindustan Times | By Madhusheel Arora and Avleen Kaur, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2015 12:04 PM IST
With the times Internet has revolutionised our lifestyle over the past two decades and it was only a matter of time before entrepreneurs turned it from a mere repository of information to a platform where money can be made. The story of internet as the starting point of entrepreneurship has, however, only just begun. There are endless possibilities and ways in which this network of networks can be used to start new businesses, depending upon the depth of the idea and the amount of work put in its execution.

Capital talk: New car, old problem

UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2015 09:46 AM IST
A recent directive by the high court of Himachal Pradesh to the state government to register only those cars within the Shimla municipal corporation limits where owners produce a certificate, issued by the collector, that they have parking space, is thought-provoking and should make car-makers wary of what any logical extension of this would entail.

Capital talk: Keying into an opportunity

UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2015 09:47 AM IST
Whether one is a self-employed businessman or a professional, success usually comes to those who have the best understanding of the people around them and can be at ease with a pauper as well as the king.

Capital talk: Tracking down business

UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2015 10:17 AM IST
There are ways to run business, but automation remains the way forward for anyone wanting to increase productivity and focus on core strengths of his trade.
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