Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Speaking of India..Spelling names right

I recently happened to browse through Craig Storti's Speaking of India:Bridging the Communication Gap When Working With Indians and while I must applaud Craig for his attempt to explain the difference between Indians and Westerners and how they perceive each other, he appeared to have missed out one key point that is Westerners don't always catch and Indians never let go off and that is 'Spelling names right'.

In the book, Craig quotes the CEO of Infosys, one of India's largest, globally recognised software power house as follows
"India has always been seen as a country of promise and potential,” notes Mamdan Nilekani, CEO of Infosys"

All good in the above sentence except Mamdan is actually spelt Nandan. A big blooper and not the best way to put your foot forward in India or in any country for that matter. Yup, when it comes to communication. Indians are as touchy as the rest of the world.

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