An Internet entrepreneur's view from Bombay, on things ranging from Internet, Media, Technology, StartUps, Innovation, Marketing to Society & Politics. Hopefully not too boring.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Pictures from Cochin
Cochin is a true mixed bacg, beautiful countryside with pockets of splendid resorts and historical areas, but some very bad roads. To top it all, someone in all their wisdom has placed the airport miles out of town so it takes ateast 1.5hrs to get to it, which in Cochin traffic is.....
I'm the founder of an Internet ecommerce & media company based out of Bombay, India.
I was born in India but was shipped abroad with my parents; and after having lived in several countries, I returned (alone without my parents) in 1989 to make Bombay my new home.
The India I was born in and spent my twenties in was full of shortages: no phones, no flights, no bars and even no women (I mean in bars :) ). Till not too long ago one couldn't get a phone line, I paid Rs. 30,000 ($700) for my landline at home; and if one had to make an overseas call one had to book an "Urgent" call through the operator, which came in 4 hrs for 3 minutes! Don't even ask how long a "regular" call took.
India now is a changed place, full of opportunity and abundance. Phones, finance, housing, jobs, bars, flights are all available in plenty.
Why just India, the whole Asian region. From Shanghai to Bangkok to Dubai, Asia is arriving and delivering a life quality the world has never before seen.
Welcome the new world.