Sunday, August 1, 2010

Learning Experience India July 2010 No 2

Day 2

Staying at the Park Hotel. Many foreigners. Hotel rates has gone up exponentially for the last years. A good sign of the growing economy and yet the cost of the shoe polisher charges at CP has not gone up.

I am on a water project and looking for partner in India and after the days meeting, I realised that water is politics in India. Lobbying on water issues in the state parliament can win and lose an election. cannot talk much about this project as it is still work in progress. Interesting bringing water to India is very easy to interested investors.

Leaving Delhi in the old terminal Via Go Air - a domestic airline, for Bangalore or Bangaluru but I still prefer the old name.

The last time I was here I was to do a talk for lecturers on teaching of entrepreneurship. Bangalore has become one big car park - a series of traffic jam every corners. Worst is there is always a motor bike or 3 wheelers trying to squeeze in. The city is growing faster than what the infrastructure can code. I believe Bangalore has grown because of the coming of big multi national corporation and the reason these MNC are here has to do with the quality of its work force - very smart and well educated young Indians. All goes to the good university existing.

Went to visit a water plant on the outskirt of Bangalore. Surprising the standard is very good. Companies are recognizing the importance of good manufacturing practices and accreditation. You cannot undermine the Indian manufacturing base who are going up the value chain.

One meeting today is with a NRI, Indians who return to their motherland after many years aboard. Many are coming back - for their children education, to catch the growth of India and wanting to give back to India.

Time to go home.....

Learning Experience India July 2010 No 1

India 12 July 2010

Just landed in New Delhi. Not bad. Things are changing. A new airport, especially so in the car park where the taxi is better organised. All these for the coming Commonwealth Game.

I was last here in 2008. Many things have changed. First is arriving in the new airport. Look nice on the outside, look nice on the inside but still long long queue. Hardware there software not there. At least the officers are friendlier.

Delhi is a city in the midst of change. Every time I landed we will go passed the highway and finally NH8 is completed. Many of the marg cleaned & greened. As for poverty not quite eradicated. You still get beggars - young ones with babies stopping at traffic light junction begging & pleading. Always a disturbing sight for a foreigner.

Indian are people that live & accept imperfection. Road incomplete,house in derelict state, sand dune everywhere,pot holes on highway & many more. Imperfection I believe create resilience. This resilience allow the Indian to take on anything in their stride.

In CP one part is clean and orderly and the other half is like a big construction site. This is July and the Commonwealth Game is just around the corner. Don't thing that it can get ready for the game. Following China's Olympic I got a feeling that India is looking to This game to showoff.

to be continued...