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Cultural Differences

I’m currently in New Delhi, India … and this being my fourth visit in nine months, I’m starting to notice trends and other subtle nuances.One thing which strikes me as being very different here versus the U.S. is the approach to public safety. Things I would very rarely see in the states can be very commonplace here. A simple case in point … this photo of a re-purposed storage room in my office. Because power is unreliable in New Delhi, most businesses – including my employer, maintain onsite back-up power source(s). For my company, the solution consists of a large bank of batteries, inverters, and chargers hard-wired into the building’s electrical system.

The lack of basic safety features with our set-up is hard for me to grasp. It’s worth mentioning that nothing about this space is illegal, in violation of code, or even uncommon. My sense is no one gives this room a second thought but me.

Still, every time I walk past this room without a door, I cannot help but worry. via Instagram

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. shivangiarora #

    sad but true.

    April 22, 2015
  2. Lee Moorman #

    Dave,
    This is like my experiences when sourcing and developing factories in China. The attitude was “no problem” because many people were in line for the same job. Safe travels!

    April 23, 2015
    • Thanks Lee. I would love to visit China sometime.

      April 30, 2015

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