Birds were flying inside the building, the temperature inside was above 40 degrees Celsius and Martina Maciejewski needed a surgical mask because there was too much dust in the air at the Mumbai Exhibition Hall.
Ms. Maciejewski, from the German state of Bavaria, was organizing a trade exhibition.
She had 48 hours before it was supposed to open. But not everything was working the way she was used to it working in Europe. There were power cables without insulation, posters that were printed incorrectly, and the exhibitor’s offices still needed to be built.
“In Germany, everything is complete the night before,” Ms. Marciejewski said. In Mumbai, the last carpets are put down minutes before the opening ceremony.