Indian Stretchable Time
The bane of many businesses in India is the inherent ability to disregard punctuality and time. Indian
Standard Time is therefore aptly altered to ‘Indian Stretchable Time’.
The philosophy of time in India comes from the Kalachakra, or ‘the wheel of time’. Time is not
linear, but cyclical, an ongoing process of life and death. The past, present and future exist
Perhaps sub-consciously, this is why we believe delays will not alter the course of our existence!
Hindu mythology also says what makes time change qualitatively, is attention. When you are
concentrating and having a good time, time contracts and passes fast. When you are not, time
expands and moves slowly.
Time is constantly contracting and expanding at the workplace. When employees are having a slow
day, they wait eagerly for lunchtime. When absorbed in their work, they forget the lunch break! This
is a great way to understand organizational culture.