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Letting Go

The narrative for entrepreneurship that has built up over the years is one of acquisition; of wealth, market share and funding. Actually entrepreneurship is about letting go; of legacies, power and perks. Letting go takes place at a personal and professional level. Personally, being an entrepreneur means little salary and uncertain cash flows for many […]

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

There was a time when entrepreneurship was considered unconventional, offbeat even. It was for the dreamers, the outliers. It was for millennials who looked at life differently, who yearned to know the world better, for whom ordinary just wasn’t enough. Perhaps the spark within these souls had been dimmed by cloistered office cubicles and protracted, […]

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Conflicts of interest hurt the business of insurance

Published in Mint on 6 December 2015, Written by Kapil Mehta Businesses deal with conflicts of interest routinely. Most such conflicts are harmless. The worst outcome of a pushy, incentive-driven salesperson is that like P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster you, too, may end up with horrible purple socks never to be worn. In some cases, though, […]

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Discard these insurance plans

Published in Mint on Dec 05 2016, Written by Kapil Mehta Insurances can become irrelevant because of product improvements, lower current cost, change in laws or even lack of expected change in laws. Friends often send me their insurance portfolios to review. As I browse through the dusty files there are many insurances that are […]

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Only a few insurers cover overseas treatment for critical illnesses

Published in Mint on Dec 01 2016, Written by Abhishek Bondia There are different protocols to claim for treatment overseas. Some insurers require cashless payment, whereas others prefer reimbursement. Is it possible to get coverage for treatment outside India under a health insurance plan? —Kavita Lahiri Medical insurance plans issued by Indian insurers cover treatment […]

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How not to be rejected by a health insurance company

Published in Mint on 4 November 2015, Written by Kapil Mehta One would expect that with all the competition in insurance, insurers would queue up to sell to you. Unfortunately, that’s not true. The hardest part of buying health insurance is getting the insurer to issue you a policy. Most insurers are risk-averse and would […]

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