This section is meant as a place for multidisciplinary contributors to express themselves in words on Velocommerce. Once the site it live and people start writing in, this page will make more sense. In the meantime, we have commissioned two writers - Babitha George (education, business strategist) and Madhav Raman (architect) to write their critiques on Velocommerce in India. These should be up very very soon, so do come back this page then. Sorry! :-)

Babitha just wrote in an anecdote:

"Being at home in Cochin always brings back memories of the fish vendor Basheer, bringing the freshest catch on his cycle. Most of my weekends as a child began with being woken up by his cry- sardines, prawns, pomfret- his goodies were endless. It was a routine but a joyous one at that. Discovering what he had in store that day, bringing out the vessel kept aside just for his wares, haggling and bargaining, taking back the fish to the kitchen and finally awaiting the delicious lunch that would be cooked. Basheer was a part of our household. We knew what was happening out at sea thanks to him, keeping that part of me alive that many of my ancestors survived on.

My home in Bangalore in an aprtment complex is as far away from Basheer as could be. But every time I go home, I still await his cry with the same enthusiasm that I had as a kid of eight. In some ways, his call is a link- to my past, to living in a community, to conversations with people beyond my social circle, to unorganised markets and to delicious, freshly cooked food. Basheer has now moved from a bicycle to a moped. He has grown older but has the same vigour and the same naughty glint in his eye when he calls me a "memsaab" during our haggling routine. Do I miss that? Of course I do, but the only solace is that our streets continue to resound with the cries of many other Basheers and every single time it never fails to awaken some part of me that I thought had disappeared with living in big cities for many years."