US: An Afternoon in Barnes & Noble and HBR

I find the visit to a bookstore in US as the most interesting past time. It became more so on October 28 with Shannon’s tiffin box. It reminded me of the days, when I used to work in Harig.

Anand dropped me to the South Point store. I had not taken my regular nap after the lunch. I was suspecting some discomfort. But still I collected few latest magazines and could locate in a nice comfortable sofa.

Indians are making waves, be with the philanthropic gestures of few or by getting named as the most powerful woman of the world. Indians immigrated to US are all highly qualified. Most of them have completed their higher education in some of the best universities of US.

I started with Harvard Business Review, November 2010. It was interesting to go through a letter by Asit Gupta, Head of Strategic Planning, DDB, China: “Thousands of Indian graduates who moved to US for higher education after passing out of a learn-by-rote academic culture have been able to create new businesses and new ideas.” With a lot of on-going debate about making education to focus on learning and exploring the creativity of the students instead of only preparing them to succeed in the exmination, the issue raised by Gupta is pertinent.

Surprisingly, the November issue of Harvard Business Review that is considered a top class magazine of management has as many as three Indians as contributors of 11 main articles.

Raj Gupta, Rohm and Haas’s Former CEO has written the story of putting off the deal of selling the company successfully (?) to Dow Chemical in a down market. Bhaskar Chakraborti has discussed the way to find competitive advantage in adversity. Soumitra Dutta has cited the cases how one’s personal social media strategy succeeds.

Besides, the above mentioned main articles, it has the regular column of Nitin Nohria, the dean of Harvard Business School: ‘Wealth and Jobs-The Broken link’. A hedge fund trading billions of dollars needs far fewer people than would be a traditional bank.

While Guhan Subramanian has an entry on Mergers and acquisitions- A New Era for raiders, Neeru Paharia coauthors, ‘Capitalizing on the Underdog Effect’.

I went through these articles to appreciate the contributions made by Indians in the developed countries. Interestingly, Anaand P Raman is one of the two editors at large of HBR.

The information might not be very much exciting for the younger generation but I at my age get a kick of satisfaction. ‘What I wanted to do but I couldn’t’ is being done by some.

I wish US government could appreciate the role of the immigrants with higher qualifications in the US industry and arrange naturalization to those who wish that and not make them wait for years and work under duress and many a times with lesser remuneration. Instead, the US government, if it so feels necessary, must put a total ban on their admissions in the American universities. Let there be a fair competition at least with the educated lot in the so-called globalized economy.

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