It’s with sadness that we bid farewell to Chennai today but at the same time arrive to Bangalore with an air of excitement for new adventures.
Visiting Marina beach this morning was definitely an experience! We got some great pictures and laughs, but it was definitely apparent to see how India is still continuing to face challenges in its growth and development with the need for more infrastructure and regulation in waste and overall city health management.
It was an absolutely fantastic send off from Chennai with a delicious (and beautiful) lunch of South Indian vegetarian food. In addition, the visit to Kalakshetra, a cultural academy designed to the preserve traditional Indian music, dance and art just blew me away. We were treated to a performance and a tour of the beautiful campus, along with more insight into hindu gods and shrines typically found in front of villages. What really struck wa
The previous two days we were treated to a wealth of knowledge and insight into really the heart and core of doing Business in India with perspectives from fantastic speakers and visits to the Sundaram Clayton and Ford plant. What really struck me was the realistic manner in which the speakers addressed the key issues facing India. While no doubt there was great pride and optimism, I was inspired by the frankness and aknowledgment about some of the struggles that India faces as it continues to grow and hopes to become even more of a dominating global force.
I was struck by the ease in which Sundaram Clayton was able to adopt best practices and processes utilized by other manufacturing plants and yet still infuse their own cultural beliefs and customs that have helped them become a huge success in die molding.
I was also struck by Ford’s determination and optimism for growth and profit in the Indian market despite continuing to suffer losses in the short run. Again, there is a trend of investment in the future and optimism that will be interesting to see as we continue to experience and learn different businesses and industries across India.
Despite having taken some of my most favorite pictures of the trip thus far, the need to be awake and alert tomorrow will have to postpone sharing some of these pictures!