Thursday, March 30, 2006

Bangalore Visit Story - Part I

I had said that I will be writing about my Bangalore visit soon. But, I kept postponing it because of lack of time. Yeah, really I am busy in my work. Believe me yaar. Now, Stop laughing, will you.. Reallly, I work... huh... Anyways...

Well, I along with my colleague were supposed to go to Bangalore to do the transitioning of one project to the IGATE team sitting over there. Some guys from the IGATE team had already been to Mumbai, so we were already familiar with some of them which helped us in settling down quickly in Bangalore.

We left for Bangalore on the morning of 20th by Kingfisher Airlines.(haha..Will not leave any chance of bragging about my visit by an aeroplane). The flight was on time and we reached Bangalore at around 8:30 am. It was my second visit to Bangalore but during the first time, I was accompanied by my cousin everywhere I went. So, I didn't have much idea about the roads/routes of Bangalore. So, this time deciding not to take any chances, we decided to take the easy way out and started looking out for a taxi to our location. We were armed with the printout of the address of our guesthouse and we showed it to the leader of the taxi-drivers(atleast he behaved like one). Obviously, they had never heard of that place. Common, which taxi-driver knows the address of your place when you are new to that place. Anyways, he knew the bigger location(something like the bigger picture) , so he asked one of the taxi-driver to drop us off. And then the bonb, 200 rupees to take to that location. I haggled , he said "Saar, this is minimum". I tried to speak in Kannada. Big Mistake. Whatever chances I had of reducing the fare vaished in thin air. So, thus we started our trip on an auspicious note...

Next, our house in Bangalore. Our admin guys deserve a big Thanks from me. We have around 3 guesthouses in Bangalore. 2 guesthouses are in a very good locality and are in good proximity to transport,restuarants etc.
While the remaining one is in a God-forsaken place. So, by now you must have understood that we were in the third guesthouse. First of all, it is not too far from the airport but it was quite far from the main road(dont ask me to explain this) and the place had a deserted feel to it. And to top it, it had no restuarants/shops nearby. And no, you are not going to get any transaport to the main road easily. The guesthouse had a sumo ready at service but it was quite a pain ringing them up and asking them to send a sumo to the main road to pick you up and waiting for it on the main road. If it were not for Koushik(IGATE Team's PM) who used to drop/pick us up from the guesthouse, we would definitely have spent more time travelling to/fro the main road. Thanks Koushik :-)

To be Continued......

9 comments:

mattu said...

@HP
hey u dint talk much bout ur flite.......kya baat hai kingfisher pasand nahin aayi?

HP said...

@Mattu,
Common now!! That deserves an entire post to itself!! Surely will write about it :-)

Cheers,
HP

Snehal said...

@HP
i agree wit mattu that u dint write nething abt the fkight. Knowing u i can say that the flight had to be eventful.If nuthinh happened u cud hav atleast written abt the air hostesses or in ur case the stewards. If even this isnt worth writing about u cud have written abt the plane,the seats etc etc .
And u cant stop bragging can u ? First abt the plane ride ,the the fact that u know how to speak Kannada,tht u've already visited Bangalore,That u only travelled by Taxis or by a chauffer driven Sumo or by the IGATE team's PM .
On top of that u even hav work nowadays and ur very busy
Man ,tu toh bada aadmi ban gaya hai re.Kya kare.

Will comment on Part II also

mattu said...
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mattu said...

@Snehal
Bragging...... one thing ASE's hardly get to do...let him show off re......

@HP
once a Hari alwez a hari...haven't gotten over the prof's daughter as yet have ya?

HP said...

@Mattu,

Well, I cant get over the any girl I see :-)

Cheers,
HP

HP said...

@Snehal,
Well stating the facts is not called bragging. :-)

And surely, I am not bragging when I say I was lucky enough that Koushik agrred to give us a lift to/fro to the IGATE campus. Otherwise, we would have spent a lot of time thumbing fingers at autos :-)

And for the fact, that we travelled in autos was influenced by my colleague and the fact that there are very few public buses which would take us to a IT dominated area. Otherwise, main apni aukad nahin bhoola hoon :-)

Cheers,
HP

mattu said...

@HP
>"Well, I cant get over the any girl I see :-) "

understandably so....IT company u c....

HP said...

@Mattu,
hmmmmmmmnnnnnn