India Wants Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Tuesday and in Wednesday’s print WSJ. It begins: NEW DELHI— Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp is facing pressure in India to let authorities trace and read the encrypted messages of its more than 200 million Indian users in a new attempt at constraining global tech giants. India’s telecommunications […]

Amazon, Walmart Foiled as India Tightens E-Commerce Rules

That’s the headline of a story I wrote Thursday with my colleague Corinne Abrams. It begins: India is tightening restrictions on foreign e-commerce companies operating in the country, in a new challenge to Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. as they bet billions on the nascent market. Current rules forbid non-Indian online sellers from holding their […]

India’s Biometric Feat: Big Boon or Big Brother?

That’s the headline of my most recent story, online here and in Saturday’s print Wall Street Journal. It begins: Last July, after virtually every adult in India was connected to the world’s biggest biometric identity database, one of the government officials behind it issued a challenge. R.S. Sharma, who oversees the country’s telecom regulatory agency, […]

iPhone Falls Flat in World’s Largest Untapped Market

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which I wrote with my WSJ colleague Tripp Mickle. It’s on the front page of Wednesday’s print paper and online here. It begins: NEW DELHI–Amit Rajput, who runs a counter selling iPhones in a busy electronics shop here, cuts a lonely figure. He is lucky to sell […]

One Year with our Adopted New Delhi Street Dog, Ginger

November 4th marked one year since we adopted Ginger. If you missed my post from March, here’s the backstory and some pics of her as a puppy. This was the day we got her: To recap: She is a New Delhi street dog and displays many of the characteristics of desidogs (also known as Indogs […]

Walmart’s Flipkart CEO Steps Down in Wake of Misconduct Allegation

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which I wrote with my colleague Sarah Nassauer, out Tuesday. It begins: Walmart Inc. said the chief executive of Flipkart Group, its Indian e-commerce business, resigned following an independent investigation into a personal misconduct allegation. Binny Bansal, one of the co-founders of Bangalore-based Flipkart, decided to step […]

India’s Top Payments App Faces Challenge From Google and WhatsApp

That’s the headline of a story I did with my colleague Corinne Abrams, out Monday. It begins: India’s biggest mobile-payments startup, Paytm, has wooed hundreds of millions of users and attracted investment from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The biggest challenge for its charismatic founder, 40-year-old Vijay Shekhar Sharma, lies ahead: Keeping Alphabet Inc.’s Google […]