ctumbarello, February 11th, 2015
India the Dysfunctional Success
India has been really amazing. The big it factor that I took away from India was that it was truly a “mess that worked”. With so much traffic, businesses, and emerging markets, intertwined with the vast diversity in culture and ideologies it was hard to believe this country is on the forefront of things such as software development and analysis. In addition to the growing economy the difference from the United States was enormous. With struggling infrastructure of roads, sewage, and trash systems it was very humbling when arriving back in the United States of America.
While the US is a boiling pot of people from different ethnic background, India shed a new light on cultural diversity. The population of India is so immense and then adding in the different portions of the country that have been ruled by so many different emerging powers over the last centuries it is no wonder why India is so unique. While in the US people may speak English differently and saw a few words some normally wouldn’t use, or just use words in different ways India was completely different. It was so remarkable to me how we could go to a different part of the country and the language all-together as well as the main food, etc. had all changed. The great population has also had a huge effect on various other parts India.
India’s population in addition to being culturally diverse is affecting all the traffic, infrastructure or lack there of, and pollution. In many parts of India we had to leave several hours early to arrive at a destination that may have taken half the time to travel in the US due to the traffic. However, the traffic is bad mainly because of course the population, but is increased a lot by the lack of infrastructure. One example that was I like to use in particular was driving through Agra, which was the only way to get to the Taj Mahal (the country’s biggest tourist attraction and money maker by far), the roads had hug pot holes everywhere, with no road lines, low hanging electric wires, cows and people crossing the street, and various other things that the country should be obligated to improve. Other places I understood the lack of infrastructure, but it stunned me to see the roads that led up to such an important and monumental part of India.
India was a melting pot of different cultures, and ideas that lead to creative minds that think outside the box. This trip helped me realize why India works, and that’s because the people have a drive to survive and to do so in a country with such a huge population they have to be extremely competitive to earn success.
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