I didn’t think one of the largest, densest cities in the world, where over a third of the people live below the poverty line, could be so beautiful. Mumbai is green, lush, and full of animals and people. Despite all of its liveliness, it doesn’t seem chaotic. People and cars calmly weave through streets, going where they need to go. It’s certainly a different lifestyle from the U.S, but it seems to serve mumbaikers quite well.
The company visits of the past two days have both exceeded my expectations. From touring India’s most watched newsroom at Times Network, to listening to Reliance’s CEO talk about his vision for a cell phone for every Indian. I’ve been able to draw connections from what the business leaders say to concepts in organizational behavior and microeconomics for business. Marshall really does know how to teach business in a global context and has the connections and reputation abroad to gain incredible access to India’s biggest companies.
Though I’m finally getting a feel for the city, I know there is infinitely more to explore. My only complaint of the LINC trip is that I don’t have more than a week to get to know the beautiful city of Mumbai.