Mint’s top 10 stories of 2015

Based on internal analytics, here's a list of the 10 stories our readers loved the most

It’s that time of the year when newsrooms around the world look back at some of their best works. Livemint did, too. Here is our list of stories that engaged the maximum number of readers on our website, and why you should read them if you haven’t already.

1. The trouble with Foodpanda (16 September 2015)

An investigative story by Ashish K. Mishra uncovered multiple flaws in the culture and processes at the food-ordering start-up. Apart from doing the rounds on the Internet, this story kept the readers engaged for more than 872,641 minutes (approximately 14,547.35 hours), which adds up to more than a year, becoming the most read story of the year on the website. Read it here.

2. 7th Pay Commission’s booster dose for the consumer economy (19 November 2015)

While any news on this topic was a favourite this year, this particular story explaining how a 23% increase in pay, allowances and pension for government employees will boost consumer spending was read by 173,000 readers. Read here.

3. Behind TaxiForSure sellout (20 March 2015)

This is the story of how, in just two months, TaxiForSure went from a prospective good second bet in the taxi aggregator business in India, almost on the verge of raising $200 million, to a company that no venture capitalist would touch, and finally was sold to OlaCabs, in a deal that the founders chose to sign in the 100 sq. ft office from where they had started the business. It got over 200,000 page views. Read it here.

4. 10 latest phones under Rs15,000 (5 May 2015)

This is not any other phone review where one particular device is dissected and each individual feature is scrutinized in detail. This one gives you a comparative study of the best 10 latest smartphones within 15,000 without you having to spend hours on Flipkart. Read it here.

5. Jim Rogers exits India (2 September 2015)

This interview with commodities trading guru and hedge fund manager Jim Rogers said out loud what many investors in India had been bottling up inside: No one can invest just on hope. It raised questions about the tall claims of ‘achhe din’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and was shared more than 22,000 times on Facebook from the website itself. Read it here.

6. How much do Delhi’s top advocates charge? (8 September 2015)

The simple story tells you just what you want to know about the rockstars of Indian courtrooms. A sneak peek: The nonagenarian Ram Jethmalani is one of the highest-paid senior advocates in India. It costs at least 25 lakh to have Jethmalani’s name attached to the case file and for him to read it. Read here.

7. Mathematicians say there’s more to Ramanujan’s 1729 than meets the eye (16 October 2015)

1729 is the smallest number which is a sum of cubes in two different ways. You know that because Indian mathematician Ramanujan pointed it out while lying sick in a clinic. But this story will tell you why the Ramanujan-Hardy reveals more than is evident. More here.

8. How India steals (13 October 2015)

This story is a fine example of how great interpretation of data can make for great reads. Here, Roshan Kishore tracks the changing stealing patterns in India and finds out dacoits are a thing of the past. An interesting read.

9. Damage of six years has been reversed in a matter of a year: Ridham Desai (20 November 2015)

This interview with Morgan Stanley’s head of India research, Ridham Desai, talks about how competitive federalism has emerged as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s biggest contribution to the nation. Read here.

10. ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’: the fantastical world of Sooraj Barjatya (16 November 2015) 

This wasn’t just any other film review. This masterpiece by Rajyasree Sen where she takes a dig at the much-awaited Salman Khan-starrer blockbuster. If you haven’t read anything funny lately, this is a must read.

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