Take the Chennai start up Fix-All for instance. This is a cool idea. Apartment Complex in America have their own maintenance staff who fix everything from plumbing to electrical faults to other odd things. If you are a house owner in Amrikka, you can contract with a company (at a monthly rate) to get any house infrastructure work done. Fix-all is bringing that concept to India. In essence, it is trying to move people away from calling a plumber or a electrician on an ad-hoc basis and instead, simply outsource - (a) finding labor , (b) negotiating labor rate and (c) timing - part to a 3rd party. If you think, with some pros and cons, this is a good idea to try out - you would be amazed at the things my friend tried and discarded/failed in. Quite fascinating. What I liked the most about this boy's efforts is that when he made the R2I decision he refused to settle down anywhere except Chennai. I abbreciyaate that.
How can I not mention, another friend, thanga thalaivar, anja nenjan, ponmana chemmal, a person who is at least 2 steps 'higher' than everybody else - Panchabuta . His company deals with energy/environment related consulting. This web page "aims to bring to the global audience, the latest news, articles, features and featured companies in the clean tech area in India".
Looking at these people, I am reminded of an S. Ve. sekhar's dialog to his father : "un kooda padichavangellam, nalla padichu, pass aagi, principal aagi, collector aagi, sila per sethhe poitaanga. Nee mattum innum school'aye padikare"