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With China’s rise, Mumbai says ‘Ni Hao’ to Mandarin
Times of India
….Nazia Vasi, the firm’s founder, says: “I teach several school students whose parents know that this is an important language. If you know Hindi and Mandarin, you are talking to 3.5 billion people in the world.”

Why Chinese identify with Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots, Rancho & All Izz Well – Economic Times

…..until All izz well, the title song from Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots caught the modern hamburger-chomping, gizmoguzzling , tea-tripping Chinese. The film locally known as san geshagua – literally three idiots – has done astoundingly well in China and Hong Kong where it’s been running houseful in cinemas for an unusually long five weeks.

City scope: keeper of the faith – South China Morning Post

But hidden in a small street behind the Dockyard Road train station – and unknown to most Mumbai residents – is Kwan Tai Shek, the city’s only Chinese temple….

这是普通话 – Decipher This Code – Learn Mandarin in Mumbai
The best part about the the classes are that they are designed especially for Indians. Better yet, each student who enrolls will receive merchandise customised with their own Chinese names.

Close ties herald ‘Asian Century’ – 15th August 2011, @ Shanghai Daily

As neighboring countries, the inevitable relationship between Chinese and Indian business is getting closer and strengthening Asia’s might. Nazia Vasi looks at how some Indians are embracing Chinese language and culture to help boost these links.

An intriguing insight into Indian life – 15th August, 2011 @ Shanghai Daily

EIGHT years ago, in pursuit of an international education, I found myself in India. Divided from China by the Himalayas, India is a place that sounds so familiar to us, yet we know so little about other than a few old Hindi songs and the acknowledgement that it has a booming IT industry.

Sunday Mid-day Front Page Headlines – 5th June 2011

Inchin Closer, an India- China consultancy, set up language classes in South Mumbai in January this year, and expanded to St Stanislaus School in Bandra last month, when it got a whiff of the demand for Mandarin. Most students are here not for the thrill of mastering a challenging language but to carry out business easily with their Chinese counterparts.

Dragon takes lead over elephant in UK varsities @ The Times of India

According to Nazia Vasi, founder of Inchin Closer, a consultancy that offers multinational companies a host of services in India and China, Indian students head to the UK solely for a degree while the Chinese look at the dual benefit of a foreign education as well as a chance to improve their English. “When Chinese students return to their country speaking good English, their salaries automatically double, especially in multinationals. Good English helps them interact with the top brass, and form a link between Chinese-speaking workers and English-speaking managers,” she said.

Sanjaya Baru: Asian drama @ Business Standard

Soon Indians will be driving ‘made in China’ cars”, reported a India-China business website, run by a former Mumbai journalist Nazia Vasi.

China to pick IIM-C brains @ The Times of India

The Chinese capital market is comparatively young, unlike its Indian counterpart, which has more than 100 years of history. Nazia Vasi, founder of Inchin Closer, who worked in China for two years, pointed out that there is every reason for Chinese financial companies to recruit Indian talent.

“The Chinese banking system is not as advanced as that in India. Its capital market, too, is young. China has always adopted best practices for growth. Earlier, they adopted best practices in manufacturing from the West and implemented it in their own way. Now, their manufacturing sector is among the biggest,” she said.

India Inc. hits the Wall in China journey
“A Chinese department head recently came to India and wasn’t being taken seriously,’’ said Nazia Vasi, CEO of Inchin Closer consultancy in Mumbai. “Indian companies need to realise that a Chinese manager in a state firm can make decisions unlike an Indian manager.” Some Indians in Shanghai get duped, said Vasi, because of contextual errors in Mandarin contracts they cannot read.

Business tips over steamed tortoise @ Hindustan Times

Inchin Closer is Nazia Vasi, a young Mumbaiite who moved on from journalism in India to study Mandarin, teach English and head a tax and consultancy firm in Shanghai. After three years, she returned to Mumbai and set up her own India-China business consultancy aiming to help Indians and Chinese understand each other through their own perspectives and backgrounds instead of the ‘foreign/western view’.

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