Vaneesh Mittal

Motivational Speaker - www.vaneeshmittal.in, Interior Designer - www.eternitydesigners.com

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Youth with skill and potential need not die a silent death. We can support new ideas/businesses with them in the lead & make it large!

For India's growth story, one compelling truth is lack of vision ... the common man does not know what he wants in life ... the government does not know what kind of India they want 20 years or 50 years from now!!! Instead of all individuals making half efforts... only if we (with resonable resources, thought and skill) could synergise with the local youth looking for career prospects... it could make a huge difference... e.g why can't more bakeries be opened up with specialities in the offering !!! Why can't more cafes be opened up? or dance groups or cultural shows etc etc.... I would invite all individuals/companies to join hands with us on this issue ... well even if you have just ideas ..do share it with us to make us better.....

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    May 20 2013: I am amazed to find this thread so late.

    One of the most difficult problems in the third world is the lack of capital. There is plenty of money available in the banks. And the banks make large loans to large companies that have a proven record of success. But for individual entrepreneurs, it is impossible to get money to start a business. In some places in Africa and in Central and Southeast Asia, there are many people with the skills to make a successful business, but there is no capital with which to begin.

    In many places, someone familiar with the local economy, the people and the customs, can start a business for as little as 100 Euros. But unless you have land or other property to put up as collateral, getting your hands on a sum of money that large can be quite difficult. Where the economy is more robust, you can multiply that 100 Euros by 10, or 100, or 1000. But the principle is the same. The challenge to starting a business is the seed capital that funds the initial investment.
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    May 17 2013: Hi Vaneesh, I've been to India 3 times (as far as Haridwar/Rishikesh in your region). I loved it every time and I made it my goal to spend as much time as possible there when I retire (in about 5 years) I am planning for an active retirement...I want to go there and help others by sharing what I know; I am not an educator but I'm thinking I could use these 5 years gaining some knowledge and experience in teaching; I thought I could teach under privileged children to improve their English. I've been checking out websites to gain a good picture of what retiring to India would involve and I came across a blog post referring exactly to Dehradun area, about the area suffering of massive migration from the villages to the big cities.
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      May 17 2013: I belong to Dehradun and am currently working on projects which you would be able to relate with easily. This region as you have experienced is extremely attractive but just a concious effort on our part to develop the skill level of upcoming generation. I also represent www.chingari.org where "chingari" means "SPARK", a spark that would initiate a wildfire of social change.... Participation of people like you would only make this initiative stronger in this Himalayan state.
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    May 14 2013: I love this idea.
    It's interesting as well. It reminded me of how much people's GCSE's (and A-levels, and other exams) matter to people. And how much of a impact they have on the chances of people being employed.
    When what happens to the "Late bloomers"? Or those with great idea's, yet didn't benefit from the current education system?
    Read :
    "Late Bloomers" by Malcolm Gladwell.
    Link : http://www.gladwell.com/2008/2008_10_20_a_latebloomers.html
    Hope I helped! :-)
    I must admit :
    India is still a major player on the (global) international field.
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      May 14 2013: Hi Bernard !!! That for your appreciation and for recognizing India's potential .... While the western coutries do have well-developed vocational training programs...we do lack in doing this. While India has a tremendous education system (read ACADEMIC), what it churns out is scholars... who then take there own time in becoming excellent workforce for the west .... This is all perfect but does INDIA as a nation gain too much out of this process ... popularly called as the "BRAIN DRAIN" India has lost valuable years in the field of development process, research, inventions, innovations, initiatives.......
      I believe that a report card saying "could do better" is not as good as "good job, keep it up". We just need to bridge this gap..... The link you have put forth is inspirational .... it's never too late to realize ... it's never to late to start ... it's never too late to reach the goal !!!!!
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        May 14 2013: :-)
        All that you says is true. (In my opinion anyway!)
        Kind regards,
        Bernard.
  • May 13 2013: I wont judge India because it is a sleeping giant its up to India how they will approach their future
    American culture should respect and support the under dog. I will help in anyway I can you have my support.
    The better we are the better we are.
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      May 14 2013: Thanks for the support Solidus !!! You are true when you say "It (India) is a sleeping giant..."
      We have all the potential to make it big in the world ... no that we are small at present, but just that there is so much more to achieve !!!!
      We just need to make the move, gather people around, pool the resources, and hit the it bang on with full force... but what we talking of is social change and that happens slowly ...from a SNORING GIANT to a ROARING GIANT... :)
      Thanks for offering support ... whenever you wish to visit India just let me know!!! I think a group of volunteers can have a lot to do and learn while they spend some time in India ... if you have any idea about how you can support do let us know ... drops of water make up the ocean ... so every little help is most welcome...thanks!!!
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    May 13 2013: Could you offer some background as to why you think these bakeries, cafes, and cultural groups have not popped up of themselves, as you are in India? Is it difficult to borrow money for investment? Is there not a demand for these offerings, given the sources of snacks-for-purchase and so forth that already exist? Is there no space no locate such businesses in places where you think they could thrive?
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      May 13 2013: Lack of vision, non-uniformity, and improper management practices coupled with bad governance...it's a perfect recipe for disaster as far as youth development is concerned. We do have almost everything...but not quite the way it should be.... I don't find people doing value addition ... Or experimenting... Or innovating ....or inventing... That's where the gap is !!! The work examples I gave were in the context that innovating on the basics can go a long way in fostering in a better future for the larger sections of underprivileged people. And yes, gathering enough resources here is a big pain... While the struggle in the west is for growth, here the struggle is for survival and meeting the basic necessities. Investments can happen when U save and U can save only when ur earnings are way higher than expenses...unfortunately this is not the case here in general.... I see a lot of scope...but it just needs a sincere effort on all parts including seed capital...!!!!
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        May 13 2013: I was talking about the practical level- the on-the-ground decision. Why, for example, would one of your friends or family not open a new specialty bakery? You have now said gathering resources is a big pain, which I interpret as getting capital resources, since labor is easy to get.

        You note seed capital as a sticking point. Why might a potential investor fear not getting a reasonable return on investment in a new specialty bakery in Delhi?
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          May 14 2013: Hi Fritzie, "Bakery" is just an example of things simple and basic but having big potential. So let's move on from sticking to the term "Bakery". INDIA is a huge country and not just Delhi....!!!! Just leave Delhi and go 50 miles away and you start seeing the real India, the real people and the real problems... India's growth story need not get limited to Delhi alone. And then even in Delhi...we as Indians are rather orthodox in thought and action.. even a taxi driver would think of making his son/daughter an engineer or doctor and not think of doing anything other than that.... people here seek guarantee of work and security of income right from the day they pass out college... they want a readymade career awaiting them... NOT BAD BUT THIS DOES NOT ENCOURAGE ENTERPRISE. There is no system which would encourage opening of new local businesses with new thoughts, new ideas and new energies..... even if someone tries to do something new then capital becomes an issue because the society at large is not approving of the new concept.....It's just a rat race!!! I again emphasize on the VISION as a NATION..... where we are and where we want to be be....
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        May 14 2013: Yes, this is one thing I have learned about the poor in India, though I have not seen scholarly work about the hopes of the middle class for their children. The poor desperately do not want their children to become entrepreneurs. Something like 80% want there children to become government employees for the security of it.
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          May 14 2013: That's true and it is almost the same with the middle class, where the desire is too strong for a good well-paying job in the private sector/MNC's. As a revelation, I find even the families running small businesses in India are turning to make their children go into well-paying jobs !!! That's disgusting.... why not entrepreneurship???????????? This is exactly what needs to change for a sustained and balanced growth at the grass root levels...... We as a society do not want more servants...but need more visionaries and businessmen..Would you agree on that?
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        May 14 2013: In the US, by far the most popular major for college students is business administration. While many may dream of running their own businesses, realistically organizations often operate best at a scale that involves a number of people playing a variety of essential roles.

        Most places at this time seek to reduce the number of government employees, but then, I have read that India actually has a scarcity of teachers. So not all places are the same in where the gaps are.
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          May 14 2013: I agree with you on that ... and yet keep my focus on making people self-reliant.
          In case you ever come to know of people who would want to volunteer themselves or help us in pooling resources, do let them know of this effort... maybe your efforts pay off and become crucial to changing the way things happen here.....!!!!
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        May 14 2013: What do you want volunteers to do?
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          May 15 2013: We need people to do selfless efforts in training, educating and motivating the youth of rural areas... kind of the compulsory field training or community service that most european and american countries have for the grads..could happen here!!! while it would be meaningful and provide deep insight it would be beneficial in upliftment of people here.. now the question is why volunteers from elsewhere ... because they have a different perspective... they see India differently and can have new ideas to work on.... if we have to achieve different results we have work differently......

          people who would want to contribute by ways of donations whether in cash or in kind can also do so at their own will ... certainly their inputs can help the community develop faster with those resources...