“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of
human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother
of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our
most valuable and most constructive materials in the
history of man are treasured up in India only”
- Mark Twain
This week we are pleased to feature a special guest editor, Jeff Matthews, who is a member of the Global Spa & Wellness board of directors and president and COO of Mandara Spa, one of the world’s largest resort spa management companies, and vice president of Bliss World (Steiner Leisure Limited).
In anticipation of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit, which will take place in New Delhi, India, October 5-7, someone sent me an interesting presentation on “India’s Gifts to the World.” It highlighted some of the contributions India has made over the centuries that I find impressive and, in some cases, surprising. I think you may also find them interesting.
I have had the pleasure to be in India quite often over the last few years, as we are opening many spas and distributing products there. This has allowed me to get a very good grasp on not only the business culture but more interestingly the “local” culture of India. It is an intriguing and very spiritual place, which reminds me a lot of my home in Bali, with deep belief in the Hindu and Buddhist religion and the importance of family. Today I find that doing business globally is easier when understanding a bit about India. Whether or not you are doing business in India now, later or perhaps never, the experience of India is a valuable one for understanding the rest of the world.
I hope you all enjoy some of the enlightening information, and I look forward to seeing you all in October.
PS: Which of India’s contributions have had the most significant impact on your life?
Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment.
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