11 January 2008

Mexico vs India

After having stayed in Mexico for a year, here are some of my observations on what we Indians can learn from them, and what Mexicans can learn from us.

But first, what we can learn from Mexicans

1. Simple life. At the end of the day, you gather your friends, have a beer or two, pull each other's leg, backslap each other and go to bed with a smile on your face. Note that it is not that they do not have any problems or whatsoever, but after all it is the attitude that counts. There is nothing to be obtained by worrying too much about your problems.

2. Leading a simple life translates into so many good things. There is no feeling of jealousy or ego or animosity. Everyone has space to grow and be somebody.

3. Hypocrisy. It is hard to find hypocrites there. Contrast that with most Indians, who, when they travel abroad, think that they have to be the epitome of Indian culture and what not, but deep inside, they themselves do not practice what they preach.

Now, what Mexicans can learn from Indians

1. Cheap and Quality education. I need not stress more on this. What I spent through nine years of my college life, would not last even a semester in most colleges in Mexico. They must do something about this.

2. Public Transport. Studies show that a lot of Mexicans have not travelled to places within their own country, mainly because of prohibitively high costs involved in travel. A distance of 300kms, is around 40% expensive than in India. They could do well to use their railroads to allow some passenger trains. They do have a decent network of railroads, but they are used mainly for transporting goods and not humans !

Overall, Mexico is a very nice place and I would strongly recommend a visit, if someone can, to see how a country with pretty much the same GDP and other parameters as ours, manages to achieve a better quality of life.


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Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 10:35 AM


  1. Blogger Bishnu Pokharel posted at Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 10:18:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Nice intro to mexico, but i am confused about same GDP of india and Mexico.

    pls have a look on CIA.gov
    PPP india - 2,700
    PPP mexico - 12,000

    it doesnot look same to me
  2. Blogger bathmate posted at Monday, December 28, 2009 at 4:24:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Happy new year.
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  3. Blogger sarawanan posted at Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 5:24:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    hi this is sarawanan, tirupur
    i am going to mexico i need your advice pl tell me your mail id. my id is mariappan.sarawanan@gmail.com pl contact
  4. Blogger Carlos Blanco posted at Friday, May 20, 2011 at 9:21:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    People in Mexico don't use trains, because they use buses. They might be more expensive, but they're also faster. The highway network in mexico is very extensive and good. Also in the last few year, low-cost airlines are flourishing and flying is becoming very common as well.
  5. Blogger reshma M posted at Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 9:55:00 AM GMT+5:30  
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