New Bangalore, Old Values

Tom from Maine By Tom from Maine, 15th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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One trip to India changed my view of outsourcing IT by importing Indian IT experts to the USA.

Bangalore, India - You CAN go home again!


I saw a silk flower
Touch a child’s face
On the streets of Bangalore.
There was no water
For her child.
IT had taken its place.

I saw a youth of Bangalore
Stand in queue to go to school
So she could go away to learn
And return as a young fool.

The rich hotels demand and prove
That India is just like home
To the businessmen and women
Who make deals on their cellphones.

Will it start all over?
I thought there were no more
Like the ones who ravaged India
And plundered Bangalore.

True, the jobs are better, IT rules
And my people all want more.
They are smart and young, and stupid
As they franchise Bangalore.

I saw a cow on the Bombay road
Staring at nothing, tail swatting flies.
It was worried about my Bangalore
And there were tears in her eyes.

I have no right to challenge growth
By God, we need even more.
But by God, the next time I will stay
And protect my Bangalore.

F. Thomas Crowley, Jr.
June 22, 2001
On Delta 107 from Mumbai to New York via Frankfurt, on the way to Boston
And then, Lincolnville, Maine,
after Jet Airways 9W-442 from Bangalore to Mumbai.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jan 2014 (#)

Thought provoking. Sadly, many smart people are not aware of their surroundings, lost as they are in personal pursuits. These apply especially to poorer countries where rule of law is almost absent - siva

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author avatar Tom from Maine
16th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you - I hope my poem did not appear too presumptuous. However, the values and traditions I have witnessed through working with people from India are, for some, hard to export and maintain for IT professionals working outside of India.

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