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Notes from the Road – India, July 2010

  • Why do they insist on lining up so many people at airports when it seems that half those people are simply watching the other half do the work?
  • Mumbai and Chennai airports deserve to be in the list of worst airports among major cities in India – To be specific, those airports that have failed to adapt to the growth..
  • Mangoes – Delicious. Makes a trip to India in frying pan weather really worth it.
  • Visited Courtallam. Thoroughly disappointed that more and more non-vegetarian restaurants are cropping up almost in a proud manner. Why is it becoming fashionable to eat meat at the cost of looking down upon vegetarianism?
  • In spite of the crowd, I enjoyed Courtallam contrary to my fears. It is one place, where once I walk under the gushing waterfall, I forget everything around me. Blissful in a very unique way. Guess you have to grow up in that area to learn to enjoy standing under a waterfall, taking bath in what may be the most direct source of fresh (& clean) water which is falling at probably 1/6th the speed of Niagara and trying to push your way into the heart of the waterfall..
  • Different kind of experience in Gurgaon under rains this time around. Unfortunately, rains expose the reality behind Indian infrastructure…Doesn’t matter if it is a seemingly well-planned city like Gurgaon or a good old urban downtown, it is such a mess. Yet, there was something that brought a small smile on my face as my cab waded through flooded highways in Gurgaon – Well, a sad smile I should add. A bunch of kids – all standing in line only in their underarms – bare-bodied – swimming in the puddle..
  • Absolutely surprised and satisfied with my stay at the Courtyard in Chennai. Truly a place I would go back to stay at..Great ambience and stunning service..
  • As always, left India with a slightly heavy heart, but sort of consoled myself with the fact that since my frequency of visiting India of late has been increasing, I could very well be seeing the next seasonal change in India this year or the following one..


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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