How's my Luck now?

Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

The 'ka kha ga' of manufacturing

The professor who teaches us Manufacturing System Design told us of his invention a couple of days back. He said that when he studied engineering, they used a textbook by a Japanese author (Hitomi), who described Manufacturing with three K's. These K's were Japanese words,
which Hitomi himself translated into English as three D's - 'dirty, dangerous, and difficult'. The professor said that he tried a lot to translate this into an alliterative Hindi phrase, but the best he could come up with was the 'ka kha ga' of Manufacturing - 'kathin, khatarnaak, gandaa'. Trivial but interesting...

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