entrepreneurship : culture vs economy

Shweta writes :

I was talking to somebody yesterday, who recently returned from US, and he said that he expects to see more startups in India than in US, because it is so damn easier to survive here without earning.
That comment brought back to me something that happened on the last day of my job… I was retuning back in office sumo, and I saw people lined up for buses. I saw the typical long shirts wore on saggy pants, faces tanned by having to roam around in intense sunlight, and the sweat… I had the feeling I had when I talked to my parents about my decision to leave my cozy job. The feeling of being “ungrateful”.

I would liken the entrepreneurial spirit similar to the thousands of people who throng from rural India to Bombay in the hopes of making it big in Bollywood. Some of them are talented, some not, but every one of them arrives with a zealous ambition and hope, sacrificing social acceptance and the stability of daily life. I would like to believe that the appreciation for risk will slowly permeate Indian society. Call centers, telecom and technology companies have already affected many families. The parents don’t really understand what the son is doing or why he wears that eyebrow piercing, but the neighbor’s son just bought his dad a scooter and paid off the housing loan, so maybe this will work out for them too.

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