The dotcom frenzy might have consumed India's metros, but like all such commercial rages, it seems to have left the rest of India unscathed. There might be a few old moneybags desirous of making a quantum leap into cyberspace, but the ones who made their pile recently and can still smell their sweat in their dough would rather invest in safer, more conservative enterprises. There are others with more altruistic intentions who believe that an overwhelming majority of India still needs education, sanitation and health care and thus investments should be directed there. There are still others with noble aspirations of climbing the social ladder and who want to milk their precious hard-earned money for more than its actual worth.
After a few good years, this farmer from Neelbad, near Bhopal set up the Swami Devakinandan Educational Academy. Now, he's got 'status'.
Jain Public School, Raipur
This community school has an eclectic board. Members range from chartered accountants to shopkeepers.
Owns an oil and...