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Mumbai Monorail: What are our engineers doing?

By on Jan 26, 2010 | 9 comments

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Mumbai (India) is about to get its first ever monorail. Good.

We bought it from Malaysia. Bad.

Nope, I don’t have doubts on Malaysian engineers. I just feel bad that we couldn’t design it in India. It wasn’t a proud moment for me when the mono-rail driver waved Indian flag from a mono-rail that is not designed,

Credit: Maharashtra Times

manufactured in India by Indians.


Where the hell are our engineers?

The Big K

PS: I’m your partner in crime, Indian engineers. I too, wasted couple of years in software industry doing nothing creative or engineer-type work. Duh!



  1. Vibhas

    January 27, 2010

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    @Big K

    First of all, the assumption that those who hold the degree of BE/Btech are Engineers is itself a joke. I believe engineering attitude is something a person is born with or has a natural tendency for. Having mastery over the concepts is MUCH MORE important than having a master’s degree, but sadly our fellow country-men would never realise it 🙁

  2. Amruta

    January 28, 2010

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    well one reason could be that many of our good iit engineers are working for company’s in other countries.

  3. Mayur

    February 2, 2010

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    No point blaming the Indian Engineers. We can create the Monorail in India. But we are NOT DOING IT for some GOD DAMN REASON!

  4. Ash

    February 2, 2010

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    In retrospect, this is probably the first time Malaysia is exporting indigenous designed trains. Virtually all our other trains in are actually built and imported from Canada and Europe 😉 So, we still need you guys to buy the trains from us to show our expertise. It is a proud moment for us (and as a small nation, we do need international projects!).

    India is no doubt capable of designing your own engineering machines. I think this monorail thing is TOO easy, thats why Indian engineers focus on more advanced things like spacecraft and stealth planes (the FGFA) =P

  5. Jagdeep

    February 5, 2010

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    It’s sad that some people are raising fingers on our engineers, our engineers are also working round the clock for the betterment of the nation, dont forget the development held in India in the past few decade and it is because of there effort that we are thinking of becoming a super power by 2020. it is good to praise the other nation but it is shameful that we are unneccarily criticising our engineers and ignoring their hard work.

  6. The Big K

    February 6, 2010

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    @Jagdeep: Its easy to say that. Could you name one innovation by engineers in the last decade that has changed the lives of millions of people around the world (or in India?).

    How do you think, at the current progress(?) rate, India will become a superpower by 2020?

  7. Rohan

    May 9, 2010

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    don't blame indian engineers . The government does not want to invest in research and development because they get the ready product at lower costs.

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