India – Winter 2015

And I'm off.  Nothing like a snowstorm starting as I head to the airport. Will it impede my journey?

And I’m off. Nothing like a snowstorm starting as I head to the airport. Will it impede my journey?


Dawn breaks and...I've only 84 miles left to the airport.

Dawn breaks and…I’ve only 84 miles left to the airport.

Snow covered trees in Connecticut.  Say, it's winter in Bangalore, too.  Wonder what the snowfall total is there?

Snow covered trees in Connecticut. Say, it’s winter in Bangalore, too. Wonder what the snowfall total is there?


Safely arrived at the airport. Ready for some fly-time (a lot of fly-time).

Safely arrived at the airport. Ready for some fly-time (a lot of fly-time).

Wings again.  This time wings being de-iced.

Wings again. This time wings being de-iced.


Much better.  Leaving Washington, DC, for Frankfurt.  And...we're...off!

Much better. Leaving Washington, DC, for Frankfurt. And…we’re…off!

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My inflight entertainment included "Return of Singham", in Hindi (with subtitles, which I was unable to remove).

My inflight entertainment included “Return of Singham”, in Hindi (with subtitles, which I was unable to remove).

"Ladies and gentlemen, we've begun our descent into Frankfurt"

“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve begun our descent into Frankfurt”

Frankfurt, Germany, before the sun hits.

Frankfurt, Germany, before the sun hits.

I have arrived.

I have arrived.

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Oracle...Oracle Practice....hmmm, I could come here and do some Oracle-ing!

Oracle…Oracle Practice….hmmm, I could come here and do some Oracle-ing!

Having had several soft pretzels and a banana I'm ready for my next flight.  Lot's of colorful planes here in Frankfurt.

Having had several soft pretzels and a banana I’m ready for my next flight. Lot’s of colorful planes here in Frankfurt.

the 747 is a huge plane.

the 747 is a huge plane.

Time to go!

Time to go!

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This is what numerous personal entertainment centers look like with all the plane lights dim.

This is what numerous personal entertainment centers look like with all the plane lights dim.

Namaste! Vanakkam! Welcome to Bangalore!

Namaste! Vanakkam! Welcome to Bangalore!

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India - where there's always a cricket game on TV.

India – where there’s always a cricket game on TV.

Even if the teams are from Australia and Pakistan.

Even if the teams are from Australia and Pakistan.

Even if the game is four years old.

Even if the game is four years old.

Now I can sleep!

Now I can sleep!

(Later that Monday) - Hello Bangalore!

(Later that Monday) – Hello Bangalore!

Mohan and I venture to A2B for lunch.

Mohan and I venture to A2B for lunch.

mmmmmmm...dosa!

mmmmmmm…dosa!

I love the juxtaposition.  "Here's some beautiful art, and please don't forget your phone"

I love the juxtaposition. “Here’s some beautiful art, and please don’t forget your phone”

Phoenix Marketplace - the only mall I will ever go to willingly and with intent.

Phoenix Marketplace – the only mall I will ever go to willingly and with intent.

I have a coffee...

I have a coffee…

...buy another Titan watch...

…buy another Titan watch…

....and take in a movie.

….and take in a movie.

Mohan recommended we see "I", which was a great show.

Mohan recommended we see “I”, which was a great show.

Of course, it had the mandatory dance scene.

Of course, it had the mandatory dance scene.

and....this...which was sort of a dance scene.

and….this…which was sort of a dance scene.

A2B for dinner? Why the heck not! :-)

A2B for dinner? Why the heck not! 🙂

Tuesday morning - Bangalore beckons.

Tuesday morning – Bangalore beckons.

My driver - Kamalesh! Same gentleman as last time.

My driver – Kamalesh! Same gentleman as last time.

First time I've seen someone purposely carrying a basket on head.

First time I’ve seen someone purposely carrying a basket on head.

Not the first time I've seen a cow roaming along. And...not the last.

Not the first time I’ve seen a cow roaming along. And…not the last.

Tuesday Night Traffic.

Tuesday Night Traffic.

Check out the truck with a whole gang of guys hanging onto the back.

Check out the truck with a whole gang of guys hanging onto the back.

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Flowers and Concrete.

Flowers and Concrete.

Wednesday morning traffic.

Wednesday morning traffic.

Sign in the gentleman's room.  Someone has a good sense of humor :-)

Sign in the gentleman’s room. Someone has a good sense of humor 🙂

Ciber office building.

Ciber office building.

Panoramic view from the outside deck of the Sports Bar.

Panoramic view from the outside deck of the Sports Bar.

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Thai curry for lunch.  I should have stuck with Indian.

Thai curry for lunch. I should have stuck with Indian.

Oracle Practice Town Hall Meeting.  Mohan....

Oracle Practice Town Hall Meeting. Mohan….

...Louis, me...

…Louis, me…

...Jesse...

…Jesse…

and the entire team - which took several photos to capture.  (thanks to Anoop for the pix!)

and the entire team – which took several photos to capture. (thanks to Anoop for the pix!)

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Post-Meeting Cake! (no, t'was not vegan.)

Post-Meeting Cake! (no, t’was not vegan.)

Dosa place, where I had something I have no idea what it was called, but it was new and YUMMY!

Dosa place, where I had something I have no idea what it was called, but it was new and YUMMY!

Last morning in Bangalore.

Last morning in Bangalore.

Office of the Global Oracle Practice.

Office of the Global Oracle Practice.

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Back to Phoenix Marketplace for lunch at the Copper Chimney.

Back to Phoenix Marketplace for lunch at the Copper Chimney.

Does India really need a Chili's? Really? This is sad :-(

Does India really need a Chili’s? Really? This is sad 😦

Street view.

Street view.

Need one of these for the office!

Need one of these for the office!

Traffic is crazy once again.

Traffic is crazy once again.

...wait for it...

…wait for it…

...not yet...

…not yet…

...wait...

…wait…

...alas! a gap! go! go! go!...

…alas! a gap! go! go! go!…

...to traffic freedom! (at least for the next block!)

…to traffic freedom! (at least for the next block!)

A2B? Yes, of course!

A2B? Yes, of course!

This is not mood lighting. This is a power outage.  Brief one, thankfully.

This is not mood lighting. This is a power outage. Brief one, thankfully.

With sadness, bleary eyes, and little traffic, I am heading to the airport.

With sadness, bleary eyes, and little traffic, I am heading to the airport.

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Y'all need Disney about as much as you need Chili's.

Y’all need Disney about as much as you need Chili’s.

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Time for boarding.

Time for boarding.

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Eka Villain.  With subtitles.

Eka Villain. With subtitles.

This looks cool. On the flight between Bangalore and Frankfurt everything is in  Hind, German and English.

This looks cool. On the flight between Bangalore and Frankfurt everything is in Hind, German and English.

Frankfurt in the daylight.

Frankfurt in the daylight.

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Yes, that is another plane.

Yes, that is another plane.

Landing in Frankfurt. Time for a soft pretzel in the Lufthansa lounge.

Landing in Frankfurt. Time for a soft pretzel in the Lufthansa lounge.

I don't remember what this movie was, but it was in Hindi, had a dance scene, and was good.

I don’t remember what this movie was, but it was in Hindi, had a dance scene, and was good.

Approaching Newark.

Approaching Newark.

NYC from Seat 24K

NYC from Seat 24K

Landed on American soil.

Landed on American soil.

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The little plane that will take me on my last flight.

The little plane that will take me on my last flight.

...after a slight delay...

…after a slight delay…

...or a couple.

…or a couple.

Back from where I started!

Back from where I started!

And back to our regularly scheduled Winter in Vermont.  Cheers!

And back to our regularly scheduled Winter in Vermont. Cheers!

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