So i’m off to Dubai tonight for a couple of meetings.. a few of the heads of dept from Germany hq will also be there and I’m really looking forward to watching these guys in action. Sunday will be a brainstorming think-tank day and Monday we are presenting a new logistics solution to our client in UAE.
Couldn’t get a flight back to Mumbai Tues morning so unfortunatly I will have a day stuck in Dubai where I will have to ‘work from my hotel room’ – i.e. sneak off and go shopping. What a shame!
Otherwise life here is ticking along.. Kelly, the last of the wedding guests, is back in town this weekend after touring round Rajasthan and Delhi. She flies out to the UK on Sunday night.
Work is busy, busy, busy. K is off to US in a couple of weeks, we have one of the guys in our office getting married and going on leave for a month from mid-Feb, and the Cricket World Cup starts in exactly 8 days!
I am in the depths of researching ideas for a new business venture in Mumbai. Plan to take things slowly and have quite a few concepts running round my head, but am quite excited about the whole prospect.
Mumbai news – We had local elections yesterday and Shiv Sena, the ultra Hindu fundamentalist group – won a majority of seats in the local government. These are the same people who, last year when a girl was raped by a policeman on Marine Drive, blamed it on the short skirts that girls are wearing these days. It is sad to see that the system is so terribly flawed here and in many ways the label ‘democracy’ is only for show. Shiv Sena (leader Bal Thackery pictured on left) and
most of the other parties all of the other parties spend their pre-election time slagging off and digging dirt on other parties, inciting riots to cause unrest and then promising the massive population living in slums impossible goals and dreams. Nobody bothers to pandy to the middle or upper classes because these people don’t vote. Slum dwellers come out in force to get their free food and other goodies that are given in return for their vote.
sad sad sad. Although in some ways, if Shiv Sena are not in government they use their power to incite even more rioting and disturbance. At least while they are in power it is in their interest to keep the public calm.
It’s no way to run a city and I find the whole thing very depressing. Indian industry is moving along in leaps and bounds but I don’t know how long it can possibly be sustained when it is held together by a government that is a farce.