[BangPypers] Responding to people who lack the curiosity

Lakshman Prasad scorpion032 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 13 13:21:31 CEST 2009

This is not the first time someone has questioned, why it is Indians most
often caught asking questions without a little basic research.

There has been an interesting discussion on this topic on reddit recently.
Incidentally the tone expressed in this email is exactly same as the
discussion there!

On Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 4:07 PM, Kiran Jonnalagadda <jace at pobox.com> wrote:

> 2009/6/12 Srijayanth Sridhar <srijayanth at gmail.com>:
> > I don't doubt that its a global phenomenon, however, I am still curious
> > about the reasons for its prevalence out here.
> I will add my little theory to this discussion.
> If you are from a middle class background with no appetite for
> entrepreneurial risk, but want a better life than your parents did, there
> are few professional career options.
> Doctor? Architect? Lawyer? They require dedicating a serious chunk of your
> life and are one-way streets. But programmer... excuse me, software
> developer? By gosh, a big company will make a software developer out of
> anyone in just three months, plus you get to go abroad and settle down. If
> it doesn't work, no big deal. You didn't invest five years and half your
> parents' savings to realise that.
> Ergo, we get a lot of people trying out to be programmers but not entirely
> sure this is what they want, and bringing in that one key habit that got
> them through life: when you need to know something, ask someone.
> You have a leak in your bathroom and need a plumber? Ask someone if they
> know a good plumber! Whoever heard of the yellow pages?
> And the same thing online. Need help? Ask someone! They say there are these
> things called mailing lists where knowledgeable people hang out? Go there
> and ask someone!
> Does this mean they are mindless? No. It means they simply haven't had the
> incentive to understand how this stuff works. They are not trying to be good
> programmers. They're trying to have good careers with respect to the visible
> hierarchy around them.
> Someone actually had the same problem and the answer is recorded in web
> pages, which one can discover by typing key phrases into a search engine?
> Gee, what a novel concept! Whoever knew search engines could be used for
> anything more than popular keywords?
> --
> Kiran Jonnalagadda
> http://jace.zaiki.in/
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