Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Ok, to follow up on the theme based entries on our trip to India...

Here are some examples of unique services that we saw during our trip as well as a couple of things I'm throwing in just because I want to. (Insert "It's my blog, I'll do what I want to" here.)

Seriously though, it is a great reminder as to what true entrepreneurial spirit is all about!

Originally I was going to entitle this blog entry "things you think you need but don't" and the lead photo was going to be this one with the caption reading "electricity." This picture from Kumily is for a roadside ironing service. If you can't tell from the picture, you fill the body of this metal iron up with hot coals and presto!

Or what about anything you need sewn? Well, this tailor only needs a sewing table and has set up shop at the local market. It's old school, it gets the job done and it's great for a quick hem.

Charging ports with multiple connectors are available at various locations ranging from the airport (where this one was) to a local eatery. So many people rely only on mobile phones there that this is such a necessary service.

And if you don't happen to own a mobile, don't worry! There are plenty of telephone stands such as this one for all of your international and local calling needs.

This makes me appreciate the phrase "find one thing you love and do it well," and reminds me how caught up we can get in trying to do everything under the sun and end up not doing anything very well. (Also, this is a nod to my Ba who loves garlic. LOVES!)

I had to throw this in because it's too cute. Do you see that little seat on the bar of the bike? Too cute.

This ice cream man (who's taking a break in the back of his ric) shows us that you don't need a hefty diesel powered truck to dole out the fact, you don't even need that 4th wheel.

Lunch service at a Shiva temple in Kanchipuram.


Nathan said...

I feel inspired by this post, the roadside iron service is fantastic! Even better is the roadside taylor/sewing service. I wish I could set up shop with a sewing machine in old town right now!

There are so many opportunities out there, we just have go out and take advantage of them, such as the people in your examples. The value of seeing that little seat on the handle bars, over just talking about it is worth more than a thousand words.

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