Monday, April 30, 2007

Bangalore, through the eyes of a foreigner

Recently I came across a book in the company library. The name of the book is ‘An exemplary family in Bangalore’, written by Bob Hoekstra, CEO of Philips Software Center in Bangalore. The book describes Bob’s experiences in the Garden City. A book with 62 pages and 27 chapters was successful in captivating my attention thought out the reading. The sketches in the book are rendered by Soumen Chakraborty. The title of the book immediately caught my attention. Most of the chapters are short and I wished they were longer.

The book describes Bob’s view of the Banglorean life, the change that the IT industry has brought about along, the attitude of the residents towards this change. He gives a humorous description to the day to day events which might seem normal to a resident. Some chapters in the book are indeed thought provoking.

I liked the chapter titled, ‘Ellora Caves’. Bob describes the Kailasa temple with the big software companies flourishing in Bangalore. Someone like me who works in a software company might find this chapter interesting. He writes that it would cost the software engineers around sixty billion euros to complete the Kailasa temple, with all the planning and the CMM (Capability Maturity Model) modeled software development. I am reproducing the last lines in the chapter here. The chapter ends like this...

“One can just wonder what will remain of the work of this army of software engineers, a thousand years from now. If it something like the Kailasa temple, it will get World Heritage Status.”

A must read book for every Bangalorean.


Sadhana said...

hmmm.. nice to read ur description itself.. then definitely that book must be very interesting.. tell me the remaining part when v meet in Train!! he he ;)
We too would have experienced some of it.. If we stay in B'lore for such a long time, we ll be able to identify many more such changes..

ankitgkashyap said...

Hey Poornima. First of all, great to find you guys here as now I also can expect some comments on my blogs:)
Nice description about the book. I have come across a similar book, which though did not talk specifically about Bangalore, but about India and its surprising uprise in spite of so many hiccups.
Title was "In spite of the gods."
Author Edward Luce is an Europian married to a Begali female. The writing is neutral and catchy which deals with the early Manuvaadi India to the new Money-vaadi India. In fact I enjoyed it more than I did "The world is flat."
Check out and let me find a way to read the book you have told above.
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Good to hear from you, Hope you are enjoying your stay at mindtree?

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