For those who have visited India, you will immediately relate to its description as “Incredible!” Just as you think you have seen it all, something else comes along that amazes you; an incredible temple that takes your breath away in its intricate detail and workmanship, incredible driving that leaves you wondering how the traffic seems to flow so seamlessly without traffic lights or stop signs, an incredibly warm and friendly person who doesn’t speak a word of English but is happy to make the effort to assist you all the same or an incredibly delicious curry that rivals any “non-veg” meal you have tasted.
We have just got back from a week long, 1000km road trip around Gujarat province, starting and ending at Bhavnagar. As we traveled, I kept finding myself saying, “Incredible!”
While the aim of the trip was to explore sourcing options, there were also so many moments for personal reflection; a fresh appreciation of the value of life, a reminder that relationships are what really matter, the value of “old people”, the mantra of “don’t sweat the small stuff” just to name a few.
Now, back home in the comfort of my home, I am flipping through some of the quick fire shots we took and one stands out for me and instantly floods my memory with the sights, smells and sounds of activity. India is on the move; development of new dual carriageways is happening at pace in Gujarat province, linking the rural farming communities with “mandis ” or agricultural produce auction lots in different cities, ports to access global trade, processing factories that are making the food we eat and cloth we wear and opening up the state to a new flood of development.
While still very rural in many parts, we saw India harnessing some of best in class equipment and combining it with a readily available workforce; it is able to move at pace and at a cost difficult to rival.
The road above was literally being rolled out as we drove the route and the little girl in the shot is unwittingly watching her future evolve before her eyes. The road will make a simple detour around a holy shrine that happens to be in its path and the “goods carriage” truck will make its journey in double quick time on the new carriage way.
But the new roads will also bring other changes, ones not yet imagined for the people standing by and watching the progress with interest.
In this trip to India, we uncovered so many important insights and opportunities we hadn’t even imagined and of course, some obstacles we hadn’t anticipated. But as is so often the case, we didn’t know what we didn’t know and until we had taken the first step, we would never have discovered them.
The old adage, “a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step” is true and sometimes we need to just need to make a start. At Path to Peak, we will help you map out a path to success but often the most important thing is to step out onto the path – incredible opportunity and challenges await!