The last two days have been rather productive. I’ve written (in sheer words) about 66% of the dissertation. After a rather bumpy beginning, things seem to be shaping up. (Touchwood!)
A couple of you wrote to me asking what this mighty dissertation was about. Well, since I feel more comfortable with the topic, I feel pretty okay discussing it now. My study is looking at the rise of Bangalore as an IT centre. Nothing earth shattering. But the interesting bit is that the more I began to read and talk to people, the interesting period in Bangalore’s history appears to be between 1950 and 1990. While the big turning point comes in 1985 with Texas Instruments setting up an offshoring arrangement out of Bangalore, things had been moving in Bangalore’s favour for quite a while.
Everybody has pet theories about Bangalore. From its wonderful weather, to the mushrooming of engineering colleges in South India. Interestingly enough, weather plays a role, but more so in the 19th century! I didn’t think the study was going to turn out to be this interesting, but so far, there have been a lot of surprises. Including the role of the government. We like to think that Bangalore’s rise was despite the government. Well, not really. Government did play a role – but unlike its usual interfering policies that distort the market, this time around it was more supportive, especially in the 1960s. And even when it did distort the market in the 1970s, it had a strangely positive outcome.
The next ten days are pretty crucial, and I hope to have the ten thousand odd words neatly printed, bound and submitted. Here’s to a productive week. On that note, I am taking the day off!