Tag Archives: India’s infrastructure

Flying Coach in India

Here I am in India, flying from Delhi to Bangalore to Calcutta. I’m doing the research to update my India Business Checklists book, published in 2009 by John Wiley. I have the rights back, and plan an updated limited edition … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Population Growth Rate Fell Faster than India’s: Why?

A recent National Geographic article grabbed my attention: Brazil’s population growth rate fell sharply in the last three decades. The article started with a list of names: Jose Alberto; Murilo; Geraldo; Angela; Paulo; Edwiges; Vicente; Rita; Lucia; Marcellino; Teresinha. These … Continue reading

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Delhi Airport: The Good, the Bad and the Mucked Up

A couple of years ago when I wrote my book, I mentioned that Indian airports were small and old, not exactly an international experience. Well, Delhi’s got a shiny new airport, and that’s where I landed recently, and also departed … Continue reading

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Tales from the Mumbai Trains

Mumbai’s suburban trains are critical to the transport infrastructure of this elongated peninsula. Roads clog and traffic doesn’t move; the trains clog but keep racing along. Here’s a story about how clogged exactly the trains get, from G. Ganesh, one … Continue reading

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Air India and Unions

“Since you’ve been blogging on AI, was wondering if you’d seen this latest…” said my friend Sri in a Facebook message. It was a link to a dispute between the cabin crew and a pilot on whether to serve alcoholic … Continue reading

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Air India and the Pyramids

Last October, I posted a story about Air India flight attendants getting into a mid-air fist-fight. Today’s post is (I think) less egregious, but even more amusing. According to a report in the Mumbai paper Mid-Day, it all started during … Continue reading

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Indian Ports – Muddling Through Somehow

In fiscal 2008-09, India’s twelve major ports handled only 2% more cargo than the year before. (That compares with 12% growth the year before.) Perhaps it’s just as well. At 530 million metric tons, the major ports were running at … Continue reading

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