What a Month!!

Disclaimer: This post may go to long. So if you don’t have anything do, just like me, then you are welcome to pass your time here :).

I think there are less than 2 readers at present who come and visit this ever dying website. And the hope taken even deeper plunge that after this post the number will reduce to 1.

So here is the run down of the events of last one month or so.

Let start from January End.

1. I started my night shift. Yes it was the last thing they could have done. I was asked to come to office at 12 and leave by 8 in the morning so none of my team mate could meet. In true worlds of my manager “Without you in the office the whole team’s productivity increase many fold. I never knew that just by reducing 8 men hours (that is mine) I could get extra productivity of 40 men hours.”

2. Around the same time XAT (XLRI Aptitude Test) score were declared. And your truly score a mere 97.06 Percentile in that. For those unknown XAT is entrance exam for the one some of the best B-Schools in India. Yes, I am planning to get a degree in Ymmm Bee Aye.

3. Left my last room which I shared with my class mates and shifted with a colleague. Reason of leaving None!!

Some time in Feb

1. Got a call for college interview from the best place in India, GOA (Institute of Management). Yeah. Party time!! I was so drunk that forgot the close the door of the house. The next morning I had lost 2 phones total worth 17,000 INR. Yeah GOA did it to me. Again. This was the 4th and 5th mobile and 4th theft.

2. Started the regular office shift.

3. Went for the Interview for GIM. Screwed it up big time. Yeah. Again. Bloody Incompatibility.

4. My roomie was sent on exile to Nigeria. Why the heck he was so happy going to such a place. Green Paper still rocks.

5. Got another interview call form worst place to go, Chennai. Interview on 12th March. More updates soon.

6. Was down with cold and Fever so no Holi this year. And no booze too.

Now in March

1. One of my friend’s Friend called, “Hey Santosh me at Airport. I am off to Canada for 11 months. My company is sending me. See you after that.” Bloody Green Paper.

2. Got another Interview call from 2nd Place in India. Mumbai. (NMIMS, the best call). Will in Mumbai for the interview in the month end. IF you are in Mumbai than meet you there!!

India VS India.

In my last post I said i will try to tell you guys about my observation of different entities while i was traveling through out India. If you have not noticed i was in north @ Delhi, South @ Hyderabad, East @ Kolkata and Home, West @ Goa in last 3 months.

So instead of writing about few of them lets pitch all of them against each other.

Round 1: Travel.

I won’t say a thing about the journey but the first hand experience of destination or origin.

  • By Train –  Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Home
  • By Bus –  Goa, Bangalore
  • By Flight – Bangalore, Delhi(Terminal 1-A), Kolkata

I don’t know what’s your travelling preference but i always felt that train journeys are the best. if it satisfies one condition “You have a good company” I leave the choice of the companion to you it may range from sleep depravation to love or from a book to Girl Friend.

So here is quick comparison between the stations i have visited in recent past.

Hyderabad (Secundrabad to be precise):- A small and clean station. They have got adequate security and even though the same station is used for local trains it not that crowded.

Bangalore:- Its been quite some time before i gave bangalore station a visit. It was still the same crowded platform and even crowded ticket counters. But clean and chaotic.

Kolkata:- Huge station loads of people and little security. Its not that clean, though there are people taking care of cleaning but something, somewhere has gone wrong.

Home:- Really small station, not clean, no security, is in process of getting a face-lift. That include a new ticket window, generator, lights and fans on the platform but that betterment is still few years away.

Now comes the bus stands.

Bangalore: Has got a huge bus stand. lots of people. well marked platforms and dirty.

Goa: Medium sized, semi clean, not well marked and crowded.

Airports:- The fastest and (now not so) cheaper mode of transport. I chose this for last for the simple reason that i have been adding loads of air-mile.

Kolkata:- Really old airport. Small, crowded, Really slow security checks, No WI-FI, Shady Buses used for aircarft transfer(Most of them look like old city buses). But they do have a rail ticket reservation counter and post office at the arrival waiting lounge. fewer baggage claim belts and No AC taxi for stand. (One had to call for AC taxies)

Delhi:- Big, clean, with almost no crowd departure terminal. Even though its a new terminal baggage scan is mandatory(as compared to bangalore), WI-FI signal strength fluctuate every second.(In short it sucks, just WI-FI). Lots of shops including a Mc-Dee’s The arrival terminal is too crowded. even though they have 7-8 baggage claim belts the baggage arrival takes a life time. which makes the area even more crowded.

Bangalore:- Big, really clean, little crowded, No Baggage checks (which makes the check in really really swift) The check-in counter itself are dynamic(There no individual airline counter but any counter can be used by any airline. All the counters have a LCD screen showing the airlines name.) 3-4 ATM machine. 8-10 Self-Check-in counters. The arrival area is large and the baggage arrival is really fast max 5-10 min wait time. The only bone of contention is the location of airport. 25 KM from the city limits.

So if you are planning to go to any of these places plan accordingly.

The Ordeal

I dont know how many of you have seen this TV ad. The ad is all about how few friends want to reach goa but their flight is delayed. Somethng of the same sort happened to 7 of us.

Off We go
Off We go

We were off to goa this weekend, but as the luck have it we were just 90 KM away from goa and there comes the news of floods and land slides. We are stranded on NH17 with no where to go. just to top it off our bus left us stranded in middle the road. We got a lorry which took jsut 500 rupees for 3 KM of ride..

The Lorry Ride
The Lorry Ride
Lorry ride
Lorry ride

The lorry dropped us to a small station called Harwar. For us to find the train to Goa is canceled. :(

Railway Tracks
Railway Tracks
Harwad Station
Harwad Station

Next step for us was to go back to bangalore and good bye to our weekend gate-away. Or Go back to and take another route. we chose the former later and started our journey once again.

On Way to Hubli
On Way to Hubli

Reached hubli at 8 in the night. We were to reach goa the same day by 10 and we were no where near goa.

Dining at Hubli
Dining at Hubli

The day was 2nd of October. It was dry day so i had a Battle of VAT 69 to give us company and surely gave us some company. It was the only thing that got me and some of us drunkards going :). Took another bus from hubli and reached goa on 3 rd full 24 hours late. A journey of 14 hours took us 38 and it was the utmost fun.

but as there is always a BUTT. True to it legend Goa is the best place to enjoy urself. so here are some of the pics we having fun @ goa.

Goa At last
Goa At last

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Stumpped
Stumpped
Colava Beach
Colava Beach
All of us
All of us

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Steps to heaven
Steps to heaven
We have conquored the word
We have conquored the word

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Boat Ride
Boat Ride
On the boat
On the boat

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if you are still not able to figure out which of them is me than here i am.

ME the Great
ME the Great

those who are thinking where are the chichs than i amsorry we awere jsut guys out there. But just for you j\guys who came all the way till here looking for chicks. Take it away.

Chicks..
Chicks..