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04/05/2013

I would like to share a little story about indian business in general, and Kerala’s business more precisely. It is supposed to be a joke, it has been told to me by Malayalis themselves (Malayalis are the people living in Kerala, the name comes from the language spoken: malayalam). I am not sure if it is really funny, especially when you realize how true and informative the story is:

 

INDIAN SPACESHIP GOES TO THE MOON!

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In order to affirm a little more its international superpower status, India decides to send a spaceship to the moon. However, unsure about the technology’s reliability, the government decides to look for a volunteer ready to risk his life for this “Stellar India Moon Mission”.

So, a governmental officer, Babu, is appointed in order to find the brave volunteer. He puts and ad in the newspaper, and wait, drinking tea in his files crowded office.

First comes a poor Bengali guy. He tells Babu that, for two lakhs (one lakh: 100 000 rupees) he agrees to go to the moon. Babu thanks him and takes not of the offer.

Then comes a very poor, skinny Tamul guy. “Just give one lakh to my family, and i will go”, he humbly tells Babu. The officer thanks and takes note.

it’s almost lunch time, Babu is about to leave for his break when, without knocking, enters Sujith, a smiling Malayali with a nice round belly under his white shirt. He sits without being offered to, then takes a cold beer and two glasses out of his bag. Babu happily accepts the drink. After exchanging banalities about the weather and cracking a few sexist jokes, Sujith makes his offer:

“So my dear friend, about this moon matter, this is what we are going to do: you give me 3 lakhs, i give back one to you, and the job is for me.”

Delighted by this smart offer, Babu does not hesitate. He gives the money, takes his share, and sign all the necessary papers.

One week later, the spaceship is launched. in the headquarter everyone applause. Babu gets congratulated for his good work, and goes to celebrate in his favourite restaurant. There, highly unexpected surprise, he recognizes Sujith, the Malayali, sharing a sumptuous meal with a bunch of friends:

“What are you doing here?” Ask Babu, suddenly extremely worried. “You are supposed to be on your way to the moon!”

Sujith flashes a large bright smile:

“Oh no, i value my life too much. I just gave one lakh to the Tamul guy, and he went…”

 

 

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6 Comments
  1. What a funny story!

    • Yes, i thought so when i have been first told it, i was freshly arrived to try doing this hotel project in Kerala, Today, after six years spent here, i have a different feeling about the story: if you replace the ticket to the moon by a contract for building a bridge, it’s actually just an everyday real life story… Thanks for reading. Have a nice sunday.

  2. Lol!this is so true.

  3. Great story. Probably more a comment on mankind and capitalism than business in India.

    • Before starting this resort project in India, I was an artist painter in France, so I more or less discovered business and capitalism in India 😉 Yet, in India itself, businessmen from Kerala appear to have a very special reputation…

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