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Business News/ Weekend / Mint Plain Facts: The best of 2023, in charts

Mint Plain Facts: The best of 2023, in charts

Important issues—the evolution of India's jobs market, SME IPOs, how Microsoft has shaped up under Nadella, HDFC under Deepak Parekh, can money make you happy, and finding a parking spot—all illustrated in a simple, encompassing manner

Some of India's pivotal trends, illustrated.Premium
Some of India's pivotal trends, illustrated.

Data stories are usually difficult—parsing through numbers, sorting it out, and then making sense of it. They're also really fun. 

This year, our Plain Facts team went one step further. Every story now has two versions: print and online. While the print version is an aesthetically pleasing and colourful product, online versions of the stories come with interactive charts.

Dive into this special collection of our data-driven, visually rich journalism. It'll give you plenty of food for thought and have you asking better questions.

The increasing challenge of finding a spot for your car

If you drive, you must have noticed how difficult it has become to find parking for your car. To validate your experiences, Shuja Asrar compares data from India and around the world, and shows how this problem is only getting worse.

How Microsoft changed under Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella has been a busy man ever since he overtook the reins at Microsoft. In the decade that he's taken over, Microsoft has made over 100 acquisitions. Our partners at How India Lives pore through his tenure.

India Inc lags in diversity and inclusion

Men run India Inc.—that shouldn't be very surprising. They outnumber women 3:1; we have this data because only last year did publicly listed companies take to reporting ESG data seriously. Niti Kiran, Payal Bhattacharya, and Nandita Venkatesan illustrate this worrying trend across corporate India's hiring and staffing.

Money vs happiness — who wins?
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Money vs happiness — who wins?

Can money make you happy? It’s complicated

Does more money mean more happiness? Shuja Asrar and Nandita Venkatesan try and answer this difficult question. They take an analytical view of the situation, and contextualise it with Indian parametres. We'll let you make your own conclusions.

How India keeps up with its power needs, in 8 charts

India has a voracious appetite for electrical power. Every appliance we use is powered through it, and we are the most populous country in the world — it adds up. In this piece, Manjul Paul uses eight charts to show India's need for electricity, and how everyday Indians meet this requirement.

How healthy is your favourite fruit drink?

Fruit juices are touted as healthy alternatives to soda-based drinks. Makes sense, right? They come from fruits. Nandita Venkatesan and Payal Bhattacharya's story shows this isn't true. These drinks have worrying levels of sugar and salt—not recommend for consistent consumption.

A glimpse into the house that Deepak Parekh built

After 45 long years, Deepak Parekh left HDFC Ltd in 2023. Over his tenure, Parekh built and expanded the wide range of financial services offered by HDFC to every sector possible. It is now one of the biggest banks around. How India Lives charts out his journey, and profiles HDFC's progress over the decades.

Wrong show?
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Wrong show? (AFP)

Sink your teeth into five facts about Shark Tank and India's startups

Shark Tank India has caught the fancy of many viewers. The live negotiations, business numbers, and personalities made for good television. Surbhi Bhatia takes a statistical look at the show, breaking down the products pitched and the judge's investment styles. If you've watched the show, you'll enjoy this breakdown.

Vande Bharat trains its sights on a faster track

2023 saw the launch of a new set of trains. Named Vande Bharat, we now have 25 routes where these superfast trains operate. But plauged with low occupancy, these trains have their fair share of problems. Payal Bhattacharya illustrates the features and troubles of the newest, shiniest trains in India.

Jio Financial Services’ promise of the future

In August this year, the Reliance group decided to spin Jio Financial Services into its own listed company. At the time of the announcement, it was already valued as the third-most valuable financial services firm in the country. How India Lives explores the potential of the new company.

Our shrinking base of mid-income taxpayers

Fewer people are paying taxes. This reflects poorly on India's employment records: incomes are falling all over. Some would be quick to point to the pandemic, but as How India Lives' story points out, this trend has been continuing for a few years.

How engineering lost its charm in India

At one point, one in four engineering or science graduates came from India. This wasn't necessarily a good thing: many vied for few jobs, and as a result, some had to resort to underemployment. Shuja Asrar and Niti Kiran illustrate the falling significance of an engineering degree in India — an unfortunate but real trend that continues to plague those with degrees.

Big shifts in India’s jobs market over the past 40 years

India's job market, like anywhere else in the world, has seen huge changes over the last few decades. A major change has been the dwindling number of people working in agriculture, and the rise of salaried people. Despite these changes, the divide between the top earning jobs and the least paying ones has only increased, as illustrated by Pragya Srivastava and Payal Bhattacharya.

SME IPOs are on fire, but could also singe

Multiple small and medium enterprises hit the bourses in 2023, doing well since they debuted. These IPOs have been on a tear since 2021, generally benefitting investors. But How India Lives paints a cautionary picture about these listings.


What's the point of living like this?
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What's the point of living like this? (ANI)

Why cities in India fail on quality of life

Cities are always changing — whether it's their development or demography. Systemic gaps in India’s urban governance that make reforms sluggish and quality of life substandard. Shuja Asrar illustrates these gaps, and answers why sometimes cities feel so suffocating to its citizens.

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Shashwat Mohanty
Shashwat works in the Subscriptions team, often thinking and executing ideas that could get people to pay for news. He is interested in editorial-led iniatives, as he believes that genuined journalism is still extremely valuable. He is a co-writer of Mint's flagship newsletter, Top of the Morning, and also writes the script of the podcast by the same name. Shashwat is also the producer and acontributer to the Best of the Week newsletter. When he's not missing deadlines, he likes attending live music gigs, discussing baseball, and complaining about the mileage of his car.
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Published: 31 Dec 2023, 09:48 AM IST
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