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Notes from the Road – Part Two

As my travel continues, I was up at 4:30 AM this morning (Indian Time), pretty excited about the travel ahead.
As I got to the Chennai airport, with a very mild drizzle on my way, I was reminded of how beautiful Tropical rain can be (even though driving through Anna Salai is nowhere close to being near the Western Ghats), This weather was just my kind!

Note 6: Indian Domestic airlines are the best form of any kind of domestic airlines..You can take it from me! Even for a forty five minute flight, there were two beverage servings (fresh fruit juices) and a snack box which included a small sandwich, yogurt and some mousse like dessert.

Note 7: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad blew my mind. Absolutely stunning for Indian airport standards – and I actually would like to drive in and out of the airport several times to see the lush green pathways.

Note 8: The “Radio Cab” driver who brought me from the airport was having a time of his life as he got to drive at 120 Km/hour on a road that was empty by Indian traffic standards..and with a suspicious looking guy like me who wouldn’t strangle him by his neck and ask him to slow down. To add to it, every time he made a swerve to the left or to the right to avoid a pothole, his cell phone would invariably ring & the poor guy had to attend the call with one hand, while he carefully avoided a collision either with a pedestrian or a massive truck that was driven by a driver who does not believe in driving on the left side of the road. So as you can imagine, I had the time of my life too!

Note 9: If you are thinking of buying a computer (read it as desktop) in India specially Hyderabad – give yourself a day..I can’t get into the details but it is enough to say that if you want to get a good price you have to put up a brave face & starve, as you patiently maneuver through the labyrinths of computer spare parts shops and restlessly wait for the service guy to come to an agreement with you while he attends 100 other customers who came after you..all in the middle of a perfect conversation with you..(and you are sort of like — What did I do wrong?)

Note 10: Indian cuisine is so varied and so colorful…The get together I had a with bunch of well-wishers was well attended – The only sour point being that we actually started eating at the time when we were all supposed to disperse, as per my original plan. I know they didn’t mean it – But still an odd feeling to just let go off 2.5 hours of your planned activities for an evening for no fault of yours…

The list continues…


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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