India – Spring 2014

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Tickets to a (very long) ride

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My view from Seat 31K

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My view from Seat 31K, next morning

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Wind power in Germany

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This was my first 747 flight. HUGE plane. I need to upgrade next time!

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One last little hop and I’m in India

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I bet this translates to " Welcome to India Customs "

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Bengalaru International Airport

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Bangalore from the Hotel on Friday morning

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Soup with extra chilis (in honor of my friend Chandan) while meeting with a team from Oracle India

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One of the Oracle offices in India. I think the security guards told me to delete this picture. Oops…

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It’s Mohan!

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Bangalore, Friday night

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My local loaner Blackberry

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Bangalore, Saturday morning

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World Wide Workout!

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More pics from the hotel. I like cityscapes

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Saturday traffic. Trust me, it’s only insane to people who don’t live there!

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A roadside snack shop. I think the script on the sign is Kannada (one of several India languages I don’t speak…not yet anyway 😉

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Under that greenery and dude is a motorcycle. A motorcycle going really slow.

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I think this is the Infosys building. Kind of weird in and of itself, but check out how it’s surrounded by shacks and huts!

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And, it has this big ol’ round thing.

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This is the road where Mohan is when he and I have evening conference calls. Now I know where all the traffic noise comes from.

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The next set is of some cool looking government buildings

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(and motorcycles – lot’s of ’em!)

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(And an “Auto-ricksha” – that green and yellow mini cab thing.)

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Mohan had no explanation for why there is a white rabbit holding a trash can.

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A temple. They are everywhere, small, large, colorful!

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Ground level in the streets of Bangalore…

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…with traffic…

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…and cows….

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…(apparently cows roam the street, until they are bored and find their way home!)…

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…and autoricksha’s…

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and people.

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Out shopping on MG Road.

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Coffee? Mohan said “no thank you” after surveying the offering, seems it wasn’t up to the best standards.

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Chaps working on a mini-temple-thing.

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Ciber’s office!

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Hotel elevator. It took me two rides to find the “7” button. Three guesses why.

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Sunday – more city pics. I like the unique shapes.

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Oracle, another building of theirs.

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Mohan and I went to a movie on Sunday – "Two States"

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It was all in Hindi, with no subtitles. Neither Mohan nor I speak Hindi.

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The ladies next to Mohan did somewhat speak Hindi, so on those parts when everyone but us laughed, Mohan would lead over, get the low-down, and share the joke with me.

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It was essentially Romeo and Juliet, with lots of bright colors and dancing. I recommend it 🙂

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Monday morning business traffic (looks suspiciously like weekend traffic).

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Ciber’s Oracle Team managers – Ugandhar, Mayur, Ankur, and Nagaraj. Finally, humans to go with the emails and Skype calls 🙂

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Sixth floor, Oracle team in action. The picture is not fuzzy; rather, the office is so full of energy I could not keep it still!

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Yes, they did!

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Monday lunch includes a car accident. Louis said he’d never seen an accident despite the insane traffic. Here’s me taking a picture of Louis taking a picture of said rare occurrence.

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And here’s the accident.

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7th Floor – where Ciber folks get their cafe.

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Traffic (there’s a theme building here).

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Night lights. Bangalore is quite colorful.

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The price of dinner for one. In Rupees, not dollars 🙂

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This music video was from "Two States" movie.

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(I told ya there was dancing!)

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My new favorite sport – Cricket! I think this is Hyderabad (batting) vs Royalston (bowling).

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Lot’s of construction in Bangalore.

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Mohan convinced some kids to let he and I take a few cuts at sandlot cricket. I won 🙂

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Outside the Marriott hotel.

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Anoop, who has a very stylish haircut (and has more hair than me).

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Vani and Madhu.

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Yum – this was yet another awesome Indian dining experience.

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These chaps circle back regularly and keep you filled up with tasties.

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Thanks guys 🙂

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830am IST – one of the rare times the Ciber office is quiet.

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Guru – my driver for the week. He kept me in traffic and on time, always with a charming smile.

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This should be the first slide, but I didn’t think to take it until the end of the week. Guess I’ll have to go back (many times).

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It rained in Bangalore. Once.

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Then it stopped, and I took pictures of the city. Did I mention my like for cityscapes?

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My last dinner was cereal. The hotel staff dug out the breakfast stuff and hooked me up.

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Marriott – Whitefield, Bangalore. Awe Some!

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Time to head homeward.

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Goodbye, Hotel Taj Regeny

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So long, nightly IPL Cricket games.

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Namaste, really cool art everywhere.

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A nod to my esteemed colleague Ryan in our Infor practice.

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With fuzzy vision I board for Frankfurt, 235am IST.

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9am CET Saturday in the Lufthansa lounge, Frankfurt.

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Ja, this airport is HUGE!

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3pm CST Saturday – Oh Hair! no….wake up… O’Hare!

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1130pm eastern, Saturday (still!) – Hartford, Bradley International’s parking lot 5b. My chariot awaits.

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That ends my first trip to India. Dhan’yavad! Namaste!

4 Responses to India – Spring 2014

  1. Anoop Savio says:

    That’s one nice trip to India 🙂

  2. Staci says:

    Very awesome! Thanks for sharing. 😀 So jelly. I specially liked the contrasting image with shacks and infosys.

  3. Mom says:

    Awesome pictures! Thoroughly enjoyed them along with your comments. Cute!!

  4. Tino Simon says:

    Thats a whole trip to Bangalore 🙂

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