2010-04-15

Cell Phones and Toilets

More cell phones in India than toilets: UN

If you go purely by statistics, a country can / will have more cell phones than toilets. Our average family size is 5. So, we basically need around 25 crore toilets, going by one toilet per house. Even, if we assume two per family, the number will still be 50 crore. And as far as mobile phones are concerned, almost every individual needs one. If we exclude children, we need about 80 crore cell phones; we have around 60 crore. But, statistics don't say much - if one goes by statistics, one could drown in a river with average depth of 4 feet.

The sad but true state of affairs, however, is that - many houses have multiple toilets and many villages don't have toilets.

India will soon be made up of two kinds - Haves and Have-Nots. And I won't be surprised if it is sooner than later that someone destitute picks up a stone to throw at a passing car.That will just be the beginning though.

PS:
-It is a completely different matter that some people choose to squat in open.
-Further Reading - Squatting with Dignity (haven't read)
-Any guesses about India's population. Methinks, at least 10% is not in the census.
-60 crore connections don't mean so many active ones / cell phones.

4 comments:

Swapnil Nadkar said...

'one could drown in a river with an avg depth of 4 feet' - do i read Bob Stein here? :)

itheabsolute said...

Hi Swapnil

How are you doing?

Bob Stein? He would make us drown in one inch of water. Too much statistics, he has, I say!

Thanks

Swapnil Nadkar said...

Vijay, I'm doing good. Come on, Bob Stein was surely one of the Gods we had at ISB! :) the river example was one of his favorites!

How are things with you?

itheabsolute said...

Swapnil

Things are good.

Was just kidding.
Bob Stein was indeed God. Many things that he taught went over the head.

Cheers

2010-04-15

Cell Phones and Toilets

More cell phones in India than toilets: UN

If you go purely by statistics, a country can / will have more cell phones than toilets. Our average family size is 5. So, we basically need around 25 crore toilets, going by one toilet per house. Even, if we assume two per family, the number will still be 50 crore. And as far as mobile phones are concerned, almost every individual needs one. If we exclude children, we need about 80 crore cell phones; we have around 60 crore. But, statistics don't say much - if one goes by statistics, one could drown in a river with average depth of 4 feet.

The sad but true state of affairs, however, is that - many houses have multiple toilets and many villages don't have toilets.

India will soon be made up of two kinds - Haves and Have-Nots. And I won't be surprised if it is sooner than later that someone destitute picks up a stone to throw at a passing car.That will just be the beginning though.

PS:
-It is a completely different matter that some people choose to squat in open.
-Further Reading - Squatting with Dignity (haven't read)
-Any guesses about India's population. Methinks, at least 10% is not in the census.
-60 crore connections don't mean so many active ones / cell phones.

4 comments:

Swapnil Nadkar said...

'one could drown in a river with an avg depth of 4 feet' - do i read Bob Stein here? :)

itheabsolute said...

Hi Swapnil

How are you doing?

Bob Stein? He would make us drown in one inch of water. Too much statistics, he has, I say!

Thanks

Swapnil Nadkar said...

Vijay, I'm doing good. Come on, Bob Stein was surely one of the Gods we had at ISB! :) the river example was one of his favorites!

How are things with you?

itheabsolute said...

Swapnil

Things are good.

Was just kidding.
Bob Stein was indeed God. Many things that he taught went over the head.

Cheers