India once led the world in most fields like science, medicine, religion, art and humanities. So how did we end up becoming a developing nation? People often blame the Chalta Hai (‘It’s okay’, ‘Let it be’) attitude of Indians for the country’s sluggish progress. Can Indians ever shed their Chalta Hai attitude? If yes, then how? And more importantly, how soon?
India once commanded a massive 30 per cent share of the global GDP and led the world in most fields, but today the country sadly is a developing nation. People often attribute India’s sluggish progress to the malaise called the Chalta Hai (‘It’s okay’, ‘Let it be’) attitude, but not everyone agrees with that presupposition. Debates on the subject are often inconclusive and discomfiting questions remain unanswered. Are we really a Chalta Hai nation? Is Chalta Hai ingrained in our DNA or is it just a bad habit which can be easily exterminated? Will this attitude stop India from becoming a global power?
In Chalta Hai India When ‘It’s Ok!’ is Not Ok (Bloomsbury India, Price Rs 499) Alpesh Patel delves into this quirky Indian approach and answers these questions by examining the country’s pace of progress in fields such as education, infrastructure, films and sports since Independence. The book revisits our cultural, ideological and political history over three millennia to trace the roots of the Chalta Hai attitude of Indians. Interesting facts and unsettling inferences force the reader to introspect and awaken him to the need for an urgent action. Finally, the book charts out methods and suggestions on how to get rid of the Chalta Hai attitude and take India closer to the dream of becoming a developed nation.
The first ever book on the desi attitude of Chalta Hai that bares open the nature and reasons for the ‘it’sokay’ attitude and offers recommendations for getting rid of it. Rich with interesting facts about India’s journey over the last three millennia, the book forces the reader to introspect and wake up to the need of bringing about urgent and quantum changes to shed the Chalta Hai attitude way of life. A must-read for all aspiring Indians who want to achieve global standards in their performance in their respective professional, academic or entrepreneurial fields. Will be of interest to all those who want to contribute to India’s rise—working professionals, business heads, political leaders, reformers, change management experts and academicians and, most importantly, we the people.
Alpesh Patel is a published author, a consultant, an entrepreneur and a mentor to startups with over twenty years of corporate experience.
Alpesh worked as a management consultant with the Big4s for fifteen years and advised corporates and governments on business strategy, technology, change management, mergers and reforms. His consulting career groomed him as a specialist in banking, insurance, microfinance and power sectors and took him to India’s hinterland as much as to the big cities. He had thrilling opportunities of working on many greenfield ventures, including India’s first payments bank, the country’s first integrated steel plant and a tele-medicine start-up that brought medical consultations to rural patients.
Alpesh is an engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, and a management graduate from SPJIMR, Mumbai. He currently lives in Mumbai.