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This is India. or not…

This is India... ?

This is India… ?


This is NOT India! This is YOU!

“This is India.” If you come to India, whether as a tourist, or for business,
you will certainly here this sentence, and more than once. After 6 years in
Kerala, i have heard it hundreds of time, and it drives me crazy.

Every time someone tells me, half fatalist, half joking, shrugging shoulders or
showing empty hands in a resigned helpless way, “you know… This is India…”,
i get angry. And i answer: “No! No way! This is not India, it’s YOU! Just you.”

“This is India” stands as an excuse for everything and everyone. Delays,
malfunctions, corruption, crappy work or crappy materials: you know…this is
India. NO! This is you, this is them, this is this lazy guy or dirty company.

Out of one billion people, there are millions of good workers! Of course.
Millions of honnest, skilled and serious people, in every job, caste or
religion. Hundred thousand proper companies, delivering on time the expected
product or service, and often more than expected.The best is in India, standing
next to the worst, like everywhere else. Even honest politicians, yet as rare as
anywhere else…

I don’t have cristallized lover’s eyes for India, i don’t underestimate the
terrible damages of the almost omnipresent/omnipotent corruption, the recurrent
lack of planning, or the widely spread carelessness about details or
finitions… But this is not India, this is about people. Bad and good ones. And
putting everyone in the same resigned fatalist bag is insulting the virtues and
daily efforts of all the positive minded players in the game.

So no, no, no, and no, this is not India. “This is India” is the worst abject
excuse, driving everything down. This is about you, my Indian friend, and if you
change your attitude for the better, India is changing at the same time.

Don’t blame India for what you are, blame yourself for what you make or not for

In the process of creating our resort, we have had to replace almost everyone at
least once. We have changed our lawyer, we have changed our architect, we have
changed woodworkers, bamboo workers, fired a bunch of brickworkers, changed our
printing company, our cook, our fruits and vegetable shop… In some cases we
had to change two or three times, but for each of these, we ultimately found
great, hundred times better replacement.

This has been an important lesson for me. When i was only an artist, i enjoyed
the naive luxury to think that everyone is good, more or less. I learned on the
field, sometimes the hard way, that it is simply not true. There are a lot of
bad persons out there, not necessarly evil ones, but lazy, cheating, selfish,
uninteresting folks. This has been a sad news for the spoiled overprotected
grown up teenager that i have been for too long. But, there is a good news, and
the good news is that, if you dont stop with this bad encounters, and just keep
looking, you’ll for sure end up meeting the good guys.

This is the most obvious truth, pertinent and valid for so many things in life,
so many quests or problems: if you keep looking, statistically you’ll most
surely end up finding what you are looking for, whatever or whoever it is,
except maybe for Spiderman, a licorn or the sacred Graal…


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  1. Just like reading about Greece. A very nice post!

    • Thanks a lot. Sadly, this might be true about many other countries. Fortunately, there are also great people everywhere 😉

  2. This is true for anywhere you go in the world….but people for some reason seem to accept it as being “OK” in India. You have written a very powerful, and honest post here. Most appreciated.
    with love light and JOY

    • Thanks a lot for your comment Jane. I am very new in blogging and your nice words are a great encouragement. Wish you an happy and sunny month of may. benjamin

      • keep at it. From what I’ve seen so far, you are very good at what you are doing! 🙂

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