When cultures collide they provide opportunities for misunderstanding, embarrassment, and humour. This book is a collection of stories demonstrating them all. Andrew Scowcroft has been a regular business visitor to the Indian mega-city that is Mumbai. He writes with genuine humour and affection for the place and its inhabitants. His anecdotes take you behind the apparent chaos and mayhem that the first-time visitor experiences. He views the disturbing poverty and stunning wealth of India with the eyes and morality of a Westerner, but tries to set aside these values as he describes the way of life. His aim is not to change the way people live, but to comment on the funnier side of life. While he sometimes struggles with this inner conflict, in so doing we see a fresh perspective on this fascinating, vibrant, and ancient culture. This book is a celebration of the people of Mumbai: their fortitude, and their sheer joy of life no matter what their social standing.
About the Author
Andrew Scowcroft works in South Wales, but has travelled considerably. Starting as a hospital manager in England, rising to executive board level, in 1988 Andrew moved into management development. In 2001 he set up his own management training company. In addition to health management qualifications, Andrew achieved chartered membership of the CIPD and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, completing a Master's degree in Learning and Change in Organisations in 2002.
Table of ContentsContents Preface First Impressions Out and About in Mumbai India and Mumbai A Short History Lesson People, Position, and Prosperity The Roads Motorbikes Tuk Tuks Commercial Vehicles So, What's Going on Here? The Airport The Written Word Hinglish It's Party Time Epilogue