In between this excitement, it was sad to see that the carpenter didn’t actually make the table from scratch but was only assembling the pieces. The table was made somewhere in a factory in China. All he had to do was just fit the pieces together. I was surprised to see such engineering/craftsmanship from China.
Just like the table, the furniture market is full of products supplied from China. I am wondering whether India can locally compete with that in terms of delivery time, quality and price. Probably we can compete in terms of quality. But it is faster to get goods delivered from China than getting it made locally in India. That is how someone can explain Globalization to a layperson. And that is the beginning of the end of one more local industry in India.
It reminded me of the 17th Century when East India Company came to India and everyone was excited to see new products in the market bought from distant lands. And soon that led to closure of many industries like handicrafts. And the rest is history. What we need to learn from our mistakes is that we should grow our local competencies.