When the rich fall ill

This is an inflection point because it—more than perhaps anything else in the last two decades—has taught the rich and the upwardly mobile that they cannot escape into a bubble bought by their relative prosperity while the poor suffer indignities caused by a fundamental lack of infrastructure and resources. It is that old bad habit in India of keeping one’s own home perfectly clean and dumping the garbage right outside. The moment it is outside, it is someone else’s problem. Who cares about the poor who have to deal with its consequences as long as the well-off can escape back indoors?

Fortune India Reports

This has been a problem for decades. Be it from Rickshaw, or Maruti car or Mercedes/BMW, everyone throws trash on the road. There is no ownership or pride of public property.

This is why, in spite of the fact that major Indian urban hotspots drown in torrential rains every monsoon, there is no public outcry. The people who could lead such protests have ensconced themselves in private gated communities, with private security guards, and personal domestic helps, and home delivery at their beck and call.

Fortune India Reports

How many of us are nodding our heads as we read this. Very good article.

Jalebi-fafda Sunday

On Sunday, the Shiv Sena reached out to Mumbai’s Gujarati population, and also inducted nine businessmen from the community into the party during a breakfast event that had crunchy fafdas and crispy sweet jalebis on the menu.

On the same breakfast plate, there was also a savoury vada pav to indicate that Mumbai’s Marathi and Gujarati communities not just co-exist, but even go well together, and that the Shiv Sena can take both along.
Gradually, the demographic shift compelled the Shiv Sena to soften its hardcore pro-Marathi ‘sons of the soil’ image and paint a more inclusive picture, reaching out to Mumbai’s non-Maharashtrians, especially the Gujaratis and North Indians. 
 Mumbai has about 28-30 per cent Marathi voters, another 30 per cent Gujaratis, Marwaris and Jains, followed by communities of North Indians, South Indians, Muslims and Christians. 

The Print Reports


Apple will not succeed in India

Apple has also maintained its leadership position in the premium segment — handsets priced above Rs 30,000 — in India with an almost 48% share in the March quarter, Counterpoint said. “Strong demand for the iPhone 11 coupled with aggressive offers on the iPhone SE 2020 and expansion in ‘Make in India’ capabilities are the driving factors in this growth,” it said.

Economic Times Reports

Apple will not succeed in India. Indians are cost conscious. They will not pay big money for iPhones. Why would Indians pay more money for iPhone when Android phones can do the same work.

Lot of excuses where given. But it turns out Indians are no different than any other human beings. If they have money, they will buy iPhones.