Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Duke India Business Forum

A shout out to my friends RP and KM for their stellar efforts in organizing the First Duke India Business Forum scheduled to take place on the 22nd of March at Fuqua. The two alongside many of my classmates have worked hard to put together an impressive list of speakers for the event.

An excellent opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities in Indian business for all those who can attend it. The Forum is open to anyone who wants to be a part of it. To register, visit: http://www.dukeibf.com/DukeIBF/Registration.html

Friday, March 06, 2009

Yeh Dilli hai mere yaaaar...

…yahan Ishq, mohabbat, pyaar! Too bad, I do not have a hi-tech cell phone in which to put this song as a caller tune while I am in Delhi. I do not know yet how much ‘pyaar’ Delhites have to shower on the streets, but I am already in love with the city. Even though this is not my first time to Delhi, it is the first time that I am staying here and exploring a bit. I see development everywhere I look around. Delhi seems to have become so much more livable from 10 years ago. The roads are getting wider and power cuts are not that much of an issue in residential areas. The single biggest infrastructural landmark in Delhi however, is the Metro. Suddenly, you have huge metro stations built underneath areas such as Connaught Place. I traveled in the Delhi Metro for the first time yesterday. Inside the station, there were people who I am sure would never even have gone up an escalator before. For them, we now have efficient, affordable and air-conditioned public transport. I covered a distance of around 40 kilometers in about half an hour! I was amazed. No wonder Sheila Dixit was elected for the third time in succession. People appear to have rewarded the Congress party for the good work.

I joined Udyogini today – so far so good. People appear nice and dedicated. Frankly speaking, I was not expecting such a systematic and coherent organization. The CEO is very knowledgeable and well versed with what is going around in the non-profit industry around the world. Udyogini is constantly looking to adopt best practices in their operations. They work hard to get the best talent possible. More than the money, it is the people they require from donors. I am glad to see all this in an industry where work ‘on the field’ is largely rural and requires you to work at a level that can be comprehended by the villagers. I am off to Ranchi on Wednesday, to do a value chain analysis for one of the projects that Udyogini has in the nearby areas.

Anybody looking to dedicate time for an NGO and serve the cause of upliftment of women in rural India should definitely consider working for Udyogini.