Travis Kalanick, founder and CEO of Uber, built his cab-hailing startup with one ambitious goal: to stop people from buying cars. And while his ultimate goal could well be achieved globally, India would remain an exception. New research by Swiss investment bank UBS says that ride-on-demand (RoD) apps won’t stop Indians from buying their own…
via The simple reason why Uber and Ola can’t deter Indians from owning cars — Quartz
The investment bank UBS research might be saying that Indians still want a car, however, I still prefer taking an Uber ride over driving. Here’s why –
- I can sit and read while the car is happily en route to my destination. Taking calls and thinking through things is a breeze.
- Labor as well as Time & Material are saved
- Dependency on cash is more or less removed. After demonetization, I have reduced my cash dependency completely, and I am loving it.
- Whereas, its great to have a car and a driver handy to do on random jaunts like drop the kids to school, go for shopping, et al … however, an on the spot Uber is almost as good
Indians would treat the car as a status symbol, perhaps in the interiors they still do – however, with parking space coming at a premium (last I checked, a parking space in Nariman point as expensive as a 15 Lakh INR) taking an Uber is just more convenient.
As the year whittles down to a close, I’d like to look back towards both the highs and the lows of this year. Hopefully, I can then celebrate more such highs and try not to repeat the mistakes of the past year. Of course, it’d be great to bury all the proverbial hatchets and move on – perhaps this post (or if not this) is just that! Continue reading
I am all for a bunch of people celebrating a festival. Don’t get me wrong. However, amidst these celebrations (and some of these are at massive scale), is the main point lost?
Hoping that the God of Knowledge ushers in a time of security, well being and enlightenment for all.
PS – If you are in Mumbai, then please find some time for Ganpati Darshan at our place in Andheri.
Have been staying away from posting these days. This is not going to be a post on what should have been or what could have been. The past couple of months have been the hardest to tackle, on the professional front. Continue reading
This has been a fairly busy year … for the Ajinkya’s and for the Llamas!
It’s not until you know for sure that you are never going to see someone for the rest of your life do you sense the loss.
Have you been on a trip and made friends with others, only to realize that you will probably never see each other again? When the time to part comes, you sense a small twinge of a loss.
However, when these are blood relations … family ties where you know the grandfather who always comes to all family occasions, who manages to play and keep all the children occupied … by barking like a dog or by teasing the children. The one constant in your family who can be trusted to show up on all occasions. The loss you feel is greater … subtle even.
I will miss him.
RIP – Suhas Ajoba