There are times when someone says something so perfectly that you can’t get it out of your head.
I was chatting over email with a French friend who had lived in India for a few years about his experiences. His insights hit me so much that I asked him if I could share his thoughts with everyone. He asked to remain anonymous, but I think you will get a lot from reading his thoughts here. I’ve put in bold some of the things that jumped out at me.
What are some of the frequent challenges you faced while working in India?
Working with India was both very challenging and very rewarding. I sometimes felt that I wasn’t on the same planet while in India; so many things are different culturally, socially and even intellectually.
A frequent challenge was to explain a point of view to people who have a different benchmark in their mind. For instance, my parent company was always trying to look forward. Whatever is done is done, and we must look ahead, plan, forecast and build what will be done tomorrow and there after.
In India, my colleagues were always looking backwards, checking what had been done, correcting it, checking again after some time, and perhaps correcting it again. Planning was really difficult for them; they argued that reality can be so different from your expectations that it is useless to plan anything. [Read more…]