If you live and work in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, and your idea of lunch is a fresh, home-cooked meal, then all you have to do is contact the The Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association and get them to deliver your lunch box to your office by 12:30 pm everyday, irrespective of the distance between your home and your office.
India has many superlatives to its name, and recently, it added another one – it is home, for the time being at least, to the world’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, thanks to a recent, sharp surge in the Indian stock market. Mr. Ambani – who owns India’s largest private company, Reliance Industries – is now richer, by about half a billion dollars, than Bill Gates.
I was over at my friend’s place the other day in Delhi, and noticed a stunning new painting on her living room wall. When I complimented her on her taste, she candidly revealed that it was something her art adviser had recommended, but, she added casually, she didn’t like to get too attached to the art on her walls, since it was mostly bought for investment.
When we returned to Delhi after a long hiatus, there was one thing that I looked forward to, apart from family and spicy food, and that was getting a maid. From a distance it seemed like a wonderful dream – to have a maid to do all your chores around the house – it was reason enough to move back to India.
A young man revs up his motorcycle, chest tight, head high, et all, and rides around what looks like a construction site. A voice-over of his thoughts says: “what does America have that India does not?” He thinks, sitting strong on his motorcycle, beaming at the development around him, and the voice again tells us what he’s thinking – “my plans will be of use here, will take India even further”.
With a population of twelve million, Delhi is, by any standards, a crowded city – one, that till about three years ago, lacked a decent public transport system. For those who didn’t own a car or a two-wheeler, the overcrowded buses were really the only option.