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Notes from the Road – Part Three

If 8 hours of your time in a day can be well spent in buying ONE computer, then there can be even better ways to spend the remaining 16 hours (as I would learn), when you are visiting family, while on a short semi-business trip, like I am now. There were courtesy calls, family dinner, career counseling for family youth, activation of wireless Internet on the newly bought computer, calling customer care center and in between a few calls from the US from my wife & my colleague, kinda kept me on my toes till about 10:30 PM and then it was time to embark on my mission. A 45 minute drive to my Indian office followed by 6 hours of night shift, were just too exhausting for me – So when I got back home and decided to sleep at 5:30 AM this morning, I realized that I had slept for about 4 hours in the last 48 hours.

Note 11: Time is not so precious in this part of the world – specially if it is not yours. I have to relearn the art of patience and 4 days are not enough to do that. Customer Service has improved a whole lot compared to a decade ago..but the lack of concern for what the other person’s trouble is simply beyond my cerebral processing.

Note 12: The RGIA in Hyderabad is simply stunning (In case you missed one of my earlier notes)..but their advertised free WI-FI inside is not foreigner friendly. You need an Indian mobile no. to activate your free 45 minutes. That’s exactly how much time I had before I had to board my plane – but I spent a good 20 minutes dabbling with different key strokes before giving up. Tata Indicom has got to come up with a better scheme.

Note 13: The Telecom revolution that has happened in India is beyond anyone’s imagination — but when it comes to subscribing to a new service, it is still a pain – I don’t blame the telecom companies but it comes from the very basic clutter that lies in our social system and the Indian way of governance. If that does not make sense, sorry – But you know what I am trying to say…

Note 14: The only difference between getting stuck in a traffic jam in Kukatpally (on the Patancehru Highway) and getting stuck on GST on your way to Adayar from Guindy, is that the former gives the vehicles thousands of “false” creative options to explore and the latter does not. The Kukatpally stretch of the highway in Hyderabad is pretty wide and has lot of dirt/sand/rocks on the shoulders..and there is still a good chunk of that is not utilized. This makes drivers think that they can get out of the traffic jam by maneuvering through the maze whereas the reality is that whenever someone tries to do that, he/she creates more problems and more pollution. On GST though, if you are stuck, you are stuck. You have hardly any room to move. You are better off listening to Suryan FM or Aaha 91.9 FM! At least, the pollution level is not that bad..

Note 15: Cricket clearly seems to have slipped down the priority rung in my life specially when it comes to following International Cricket scene. Imagine, I am in Chennai and tomorrow is the second day of the Fist test match between India and England & I have no interest in stopping by for a couple of hours (even though I have that time before I board my flight to Mumbai in the evening).

The list may grow.

Footnote: AR Rahman gets his first Golden Globe Nomination for SdM – Hurray!


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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