Top women in India - 12 Aug 08

Top women in India - 12 Aug 08

Peter Day meets Chanda Kochar of ICICI Bank in India, one of the top women in business in the country.

About this programme by Peter Day

Sometimes we have little arguments about what this programme Global Business ought to be about.

Is it a documentary, with several voices converging on one subject? Is it a travelogue, with different subjects linked in to the backbone of a recent trip?

And should the programme ever run single interviews, with just one person in the spotlight?

The answer is probably all of the above, of course. One of the things about making a business programme for listeners who did not realise they were interested in the subject (until they heard the first few minutes of it) is that we have to keep you listeners on your toes.

So surprise is important : changes of subject matter, place, format, subject matter, focus, whatever.

And single person interview programmes (such as this week's) are a way of portraying someone which the interchanges in the course of a documentary feature can never quite do.
They also have a progress of discovery about them.

Most of the people I encounter I've never met before. Sometimes the interview sounds like that : formal, remote, the same old stuff coming out paragraph by paragraph. Those are the encounters we run only briefly, even if they are with some of the top people in international business.

But when these encounters work, then I'm learning about the person I'm interviewing at about the same speed as the listener is. Then things can get interesting (we hope).

Oh by the way, a stupid error crept into one of the recent programmes about some of bold (and strange) proposals to tackle global warming. I said the British born astronomer Roger Angel worked at the University of Arizona "in Phoenix".

He's in Tucson, as a correspondent pointed out. ("Like confusing London with Manchester.")

It was only after the Angel interview about his sunshade theory for cutting the earth's temperature that we got on the bus for Phoenix.

But when you bounce across the map of the world like a pinball, it's easy to suffer from this sort of geographical confusion.

So apologies for that, and for all the carbon emissions these programmes still emit. To say nothing of the hot air.


Chanda Kochar