Obsession For Perfection (Part 1)

I’m not Plato. In fact I’m not anywhere near that great philosopher. But just like him, I too get a good feeling imagining how everything would have been very different if people, things and policies were perfect. Perfection is something that is reflected in the efficiency of every executed action, every drawn plan and the infallibility of every spoken word. If you are reading this blog from anywhere in South Asia or have ever been to this part of the world, you must have, by now, guessed where I’m leading you to.

Our trains and buses are never on time. Our public functions are almost always started behind the scheduled time. Our public personalities [most of whom derive their name and fame from their forefathers], rarely have the good-habit of being punctual. Our schools and universities [barring a microscopic minority] give everything to their students except a good education that will stand them in good stead in life.

I have never been to Europe or America. In fact, I have never travelled outside my home-country India for that matter. But from what I have read about those socially developed and technologically advanced regions, they seem to be very efficient at everything they attempt to do. The attempts include the stuff we too do like running trains and buses, being on time on every occasion etc. But the only difference between us and them is that they do it in near perfection. I remember reading somewhere that in Japan, the sum of the duration of lateness of all trains of that country do not exceed 30 seconds. Compare that to the Indian Railways. I honestly cannot remember a single time when a train arrived on time. The exams to select Indian Railway personnel are so tough that only the ‘best of the best’ among the candidates make it through. So the million dollar question that comes to everyone’s mind is, ‘What the hell is wrong with us?’. Where the Americans, Europeans and even our fellow Asians, the Japanese succeeded, we too can and we should succeed.

(to be continued)

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