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Notes from the Road – Part One

Yes, as I gathered enough muster to book my tickets for a trip to India at 11 AM for my travel at 6 PM, out of no real emergency but just to prove it to myself that the trip which was almost in jeopardy even after spending $700 extra bucks in making some last minute changes, due to some inefficient administration at the Egyptian consulate, could still be salvaged.
So, here I am – In Chennai — on an unusually cool day (cool for Chennai scale – 23 degree Celsius at 6 AM)..

Note 1: Coach class should be banned or all aircrafts should redesign their coach class..and give at least one extra foot of leg room. And by the way, no 3 seaters..or 4 seaters..or 5 seaters for a row..Stick to 2. It feels like a cattle herd when you are so close to your neighbor exhaling his morning breath on you..(or whatever time it is)..

Note 2: International cell phone service providers should make international roaming more reasonable/cheaper and more available. They have the technology to do that already..If this is not the time to do it, then when? It is certainly better than your customer throwing your SIM away and plugging a locally bought cheap SIM ..

Note 3: We have too many people doing not much work at our airports..If their energy is converted to something more productive, like cleaning the toilets or finishing up those yet to be completed repair work, then we can make the airports look better – They are already being paid anyways..

Note 4: Standing in Line is a necessity when you are receiving any kind of service, even if you are paying for it. You can’t just elbow your way in and stay pretending that it is natural..Actually, I will correct myself – they don’t pretend, it is natural for many. Be it, standing in a line to get boarding passes or trying to board an airport shuttle or deplaning..

Note 5: In my one hour research on good-eats in Chennai, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the city has so many choices..and in this trip, 2 eating out experiences I have may not be enough to do justice to that list!

Well this list may grow..!


Besides fantasizing about being a Peter Gibbons at least for a couple of days at my work, I think I have a long way to go to realize some of the other fantasies. But like any ambitious man out there, I will get there! Note: All views expressed in this blog are mine alone and have got nothing to do with my company Cogent IBS, Inc., its employees or any of its affiliates.

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