No reason for the title other than the Bee Gees song has been on my mind since dinner and I figure if I have to suffer... so should you.
02.15.2010 - 02.19.2010 70 °F
Well, I'm down to my last 5 hours in India and I'm repacked and tired but keeping myself awake by updating my blog and watching the Lord of the Rings...it's been awhile since I've seen the movies so I'm not sure if it's the second or third installment... (Return of the King - is that the final one?) - but I suppose you're not reading my blog to hear about movies, so I should catch you up on my week!
Let's see... the beginning of the week began slow enough, but by Wednesday everything was a rush. I was up early to fly to Pune, a city just outside of Mumbai. Admittedly I was a little nervous given there was a terrorist attack over the weekend, but being of the firm belief that "if it's my time, it's my time" I braved the trip anyway. Turns out all was fine and I survived the trip to our Design Center. For those of you who didn't hear, there was a terrorist attack at a Germany bakery in Pune over this past weekend.
From Pune we flew to Bangalore, which is officially the furthest south that I have been in India. I knew this not only because of the map, but because of the HEAT! Ha ha - we landed at about 8:30pm and it was still about 80 degrees out. Thursday was actually not too bad, though, which was a nice surprise. We started the day visiting my previous employer (and the company that first took me to India) before heading to our Bangalore office. The best part was lunch - our team there took me and my travel companions to a traditional South Indian lunch at a BEAUTIFUL hotel. It was very filling but quite tasty. Not as spicy as I expected it to be... We had a late flight back to Delhi and I was to the hotel a little after midnight.
Today was my last day in the office and I spent the day having some great conversations with colleagues and saying goodbye to new friends. The HR Director gave me a book on India - an in depth overview of the history of the country from the beginning of time through Independence. We've had some healthy debates and conversations over the last couple of weeks and I'm looking forward to reading up so that when I return in the summer I'm able to have a more educated stance to take! God knows I hate to lose a debate.
All in all it's been a great trip - I've learned so much about the ever-changing Indian economy and also had quite the education on my company. Since I've only been with the company for 3 months there is still a lot to learn while on these trips and I'm looking forward to continuing this journey in China.
I have a full day of travel ahead on Saturday (I'm struggling to understand the logic of flying 4 hours West to Dubai before flying 7.5 hours East to Shanghai, but who am I to question a free upgrade to first class on Emirates Air?) and have to fit in shopping on Sunday! Keep an eye out for Chapter II of my Around the World: China!!