From Nasscom stage, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday cracked an epic joke on Gujarati mindset, which left the crowds in splits. Ambani’s joke was a light yet funny take on Gujarati people’s business mindset. In his joke, Ambani told the gathered audience a story of a simple Gujarati man and a tech guru who were traveling on the same flight. Ambani goes on to say how a Gujarati, despite having no knowledge of the subject, manages to fool the other person in a game and ends up earning money. The way he narrated the story left crowd in splits.
Here’s what Ambani said: “Once there was this great software guru, Phd., (like) all the tech nerds that we have, and a really ordinary Gujarati guy from Gujarat, travelling on the same plane, and this guy was in awe of this tech guru; so the technology guy says (to the Gujarati guy) let’s play a game – I can ask you one question, you can ask me one question, if I can’t answer I’ll give you Rs 100, if you can’t answer me, you’ll give me Rs 10. Gujarati guy agrees. So, the tech guy asks him – OK this phone is in your hand, tell what did a computer mean to NASA in 1969… and asked him a complicated question. So, he said I don’t know and gives him Rs 10. Now, Gujarati guy’s turn comes. He asks: What is that animal which climbs a mountain on four legs, and comes down on three legs. The tech guy says I don’t know and pays him Rs 100. The Gujarati guy takes the money and goes to sleep. When the tech guy repeatedly asks for the answer, the Gujarati guys brings out another Rs 10 note and says even I don’t know.”
Here’s what Ambani said:
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In another interesting statement, Ambani on equated the importance of data to that of the natural resources. “We are at the beginning of an era where data is the new oil,” Ambani said at an the event. Reliance Jio’s entry into the telecom space has forced the incumbent players to drastically cut tariffs – as much as by 66% – in order to retain their customer base. RJio has put the entire sector under tremendous pressure of choosing between protecting margins and user base.