On December 5, 2008, I blogged about Marathi Manoos Description by an entrepreneur/businessman I had met. Now, thanks to my poor English, that I translated Marathi Word “Bhitra” as ‘Coward’; which according to one of the rare Marathi-English online dictionary is correct.
I believe ‘timid’ would have been a better word than ‘Coward’.
People responded with lots of examples of how Maharashtrian people have fared well in various fields. No one denies the facts. But look at the ratios of people from other communities who enter into business, try it, fail at it and sometimes become successful. Even the people I do/did business with are mostly non-Maharashtrians. Why? Because its rare for me to see Maharashtrians doing business. Those who disagree with me are clearly the ones who’re sitting behind the cozy walls of cubicles.
I’ve talked with many marathi young engineers (I interact with engineers almost daily) and they fit the description in my earlier post perfectly. I meet tons of Non-Maharashtrians too; but they think differently. They want to try their hands at business and most of them do. We, Maharashtrians have done well in various fields; but I believe we have a lot to do in the world of entrepreneurship and business.
Don’t give me examples of successful Maharashtrian entrepreneurs. I know many of them. We respect them and are proud of them. But we aren’t talking about the ones who are rare. We are talking about common people like you and me. How many of your Maharashtrian friends are into business? How many are happily working for others? I know, there are many; but compare it with people from other communities; the ratio isn’t where it should be. Every other shop/mall/restaurent I ever visit is either owned by Punjabi, Sindhi, Gujrati or Marwadi but rarely by a Marathi.
Let me make it clear again that I am NOT against anyone or any community (do I sound like I am?). I’ve personally learned many skills from doing business with Marwadi & Gujrati businessmen. I respect them a lot for this. I am not implying that Maharashtrians ‘lack’ something.
I am only suggesting that Maharashtrians shouldn’t look at ‘business’ with negativity (they do, I tell you!). Business isn’t about risk taking as commonly believed by Maharashtrians. You can take my word for this.
These are my thoughts and I am not forcing my opinions on anyone. I write what I experience.
I hope people read between the lines and pick up the ‘point’ I’m trying to drive home. Don’t give me examples of brave marathi soldiers and businessmen and actors.
–The Big K–