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From Value One, Winter 2014-2015 No. 47
Metal One Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.
A Big Family Working Hard Together Every Day
When Metal One Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. was established in June 2008, our organization had a total of 35 personnel at the headquarters in New Delhi and our three branches in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Including the addition of the Jamshedpur Branch, the total had almost doubled to 68 as of October 2014. With our business investment affiliates included, we are a large family of around 420 people. We are working hard every day with this lineup to win a share of the increased steel demand that has accompanied the new Narendra Modi government inaugurated last year.
As a result, I think we were able to round the turn in a fairly satisfactory state when the first half of FY2014 finished at the end of September. I am happy to take up this post to work with our talented national staff at a time when we can anticipate steady economic growth.
What Rain Means Here
Rain falls continually in India during the monsoon season from June to September. Although there was comparatively little rain this year, we were still hit by strong winds and rain many times here in Mumbai. It is a bit different from Japan's rainy season, which has an image of drizzling rain. People appreciate it by calling it "good rain" (I believe they use it to mean "blessed" rain) and seem to have fun in the rain.
While India has been developing dramatically, around half of its population of 1.2 billion is engaged in agriculture. The awareness that good rains lead to a virtuous cycle of bountiful crops, stable supplies of agricultural products, a good quality of life for farmers (and the average citizen), increased willingness to buy, and stimulation of India's economy appears to be etched deeply in people's consciousness. The impression is that everyone has tranquil expressions, even while getting soaked to the bone. It can be said that agriculture's benefit, or harm, to this country's overall economy is massive.
Young people fooling around in the rough pre-monsoon sea
Ganesha Festival
In the state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, a festival honoring Ganesha—a deity with the head of an elephant on a human body that is the patron of business and learning—is held for around ten days each year from the end of August to the beginning of September. Neighborhoods in communities all over the state take Ganesha statues of all sizes down to the seashore on floats and trucks, accompanied by music and dancing, finishing by immersing the statues in the water and offering prayers to ward off misfortune. You might say that the statues are much like Japan's mikoshi (portable shrine). Ganesha's expression, coloration and posture differ from statue to statue, but they all have four arms and one broken tusk.
A statue of the god Ganesha on horseback
Eight-Hour Drive

Not long after I started working here I had to catch an early morning flight for a domestic business trip, departing at 6:30 a.m. I assumed that arriving at the airport an hour ahead of time would be a safe bet. I arrived five minutes late, at 5:35, and the check-in had been closed exactly one hour before the flight. The next flight was at 3 p.m., meaning that I would not be in time for my morning appointment, so I hastily resolved to drive overland.
I asked the customer to change the meeting time to the afternoon, and arrived there after 1 p.m., eight hours later. Despite the surprise that I had come by car, the meeting concluded smoothly. My return trip was on the scheduled flight, but my driver had to return by car, taking breaks along the way and apparently arriving back in Mumbai after midnight (my apologies to the driver, and thank you for driving safely).
My destination was around 370 kilometers to the northeast of Mumbai, a city called Aurangabad, where the Ellora Caves cluster of temples is located. You might think that it would not take so long to get there, but if you go on bad roads, with no expressway, the trip is quite an ordeal.

 

A temple in the Ellora Caves World Heritage site

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