The joy of Indianness We Indians are a super sensitive lot. Call us poor – how dare you! We will, we will show you, they shouted from the rooftops . And away went the snapchat ratings-right down the tube. Well- calling someone poor- is that wrong? To me, it may be just wrong perception based on some stupid average index. What Snapchat didn’t realise- Indians are superrich, rich, average, below average- just as any other community in the world. There is a vast mix of peoples with an average number that sits somewhat below America. So do people really care? Yes, they do indeed! The Amazons, Tescos, Googles of the world know this allright. When it comes to India- poor is not the right word indeed. It is not the right word at all. It reeks of ignorance. Perhaps the right word, if that were to exist, is “unignorable”. A country that no one can afford to. Be it for tapping into the vastly intelligent employee base, or going by the sheer untapped marketsize, it certainly is “unignorable”. The smart ones – the’ve figured this out long ago. And are well on their way to getting entrenched here. Tescos, Best buy, Target- they are just part of the beeline making its way, standing to enter. For India may be unignorable; but is not easy to get into either. Another word for India maybe “Hard-to-conquer”; as Alexander the great, the Moghuls, and many others knew; many aeons ago. But tried they did- for it was worth the while; the pot of gold that lay within. And as they do even today- the Ikeas, the Walmarts and many more. When you think of India- Unignorable, Hard- to- conquer, Awakening Tiger and many more adjectives and metaphors spring to mind. Perhaps they should be added to the Oxford dictionary, to make it easy for some poor ignorant souls. But “poor”- that’s only for the ignoramuses-like Snapchat has proven now! Regards, Aina Rao...
On the days that I am really down, when nothing seems to work in the office, when people act difficult and the superiors refuse to give even a minute of their so very precious time, or when things just generally don’t work at all, there is nothing better than being able to come home and retreat into my own reading ... Read More
IITians and the B.PAC group A good day. Met many fellow IITians, all of who had congregated at the B.PAC event in Bangalore, many of whom are from my vintage, and even better to know, are thinking of me. Baffled by the great governance (or lack of "it", not of the IT-information technology kind )in Bangalore, a group of prominent ... Read More
Ageing is like being at a point in time when a lot of water has flown under the bridge, and you feel that you have just woken up from a deep state of slumber to realise that your feet are soaking wet. There is not much you can do, but to dry them in the sun, and hope that no ... Read More
Karma may be a force, invisible, though, more powerful than any other in this world. Karma, I think, is the lord and destiny it's slave. The wondrous part is, we only see the slave -our destiny, and woo it, hoping it will favour us someday when the reins reside elsewhere. Regards, The Amblingindian - Aina Rao ... Read More