It was totally crazy. The shortest interview ever after the longest waiting time for an interview ever. Literally flying in to the city to pay for the interview on time only to find that the flight was late. The kind bank manager who not only accepted the fee late, but also somehow got it processed very quickly. Getting my finances ready in 2 days time. Booking a ticket in the mean time, taking a huge gamble. Getting all the shopping and packing done in 1 day.
And BAM!!! There we were at the airport, 6 kilo above the weight allowed. i was in quiet a fix when my family came through with a friend of ours – the head of International Cargo Operations at the airport. So, i got the 6kg excess for free and then a business class upgrade for the first half of my trip. Now that was sheer dumb luck!!!
A luxurious first leg from chennai to dubai in business class and a not so comfortable leg from Dubai to New York (I got to see the A380 parked right next to my aircraft in Dubai though). There i was sitting in JFK waiting for Ashwin and Danny to come pick me up. 2 hours and they were still in the subway apparently and i was in a fix cause i had to be in the univ in an hour to attend a mandatory session. So i took the taxi 🙂 Forgot i didn’t have a key, then lugged my luggage along to the univ. Registered myself for classes and got the guys to come back around 6 in the evening to take me back home.
That is the story of my first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Loved it though. Absolutely great!!!
One fine day, ganesh calls me and says, “Machan, paper selected da , Athuvum moonu conference la !!!” and immediately we do the oohing and aahhing gig (Well, not exactly). We were in cloud number nine faced with a dilemna , WHERE SHOULD WE GO?
c) (I forgot)
d) Dont go.
we thought and thought and thought and then thought some more, finally, Singapore it was (Moscow turned out to be toooo expensive). So the options became :
c) (I forgot)
d) Dont go.
That was november 2008, we went to college the next day and found out every single detail about how to get the sponsorship at college. Must have spoken to atleast 20 – 25 teachers about it, not to mention the seniors we called up :). Turned out ours was the only international paper accepted to be presented in this year, Oh La La!!!
After a month of toiling around , running back and forth between the HOD, the review panel and the principal, we finally got them to accept sponsorship for one person.
So there we were, January 2009 – with 50,000 INR from college as funding.
Two weeks ago we realized we had a problem, a small one actually… Ganesh did not have a passport.
Yeah, you read it right, GANESH DID NOT HAVE A PASSPORT!!!
Recently i saw an ad for the “HIMALAYAN Water”, a product of the TATA Group. Previously available only in their hotels (The Tag chain), this packaged water is open for sale all over India. The ad is an amazing display of artwork and creativity. A must watch for everyone.
The message delivered was awesome.
” Going Back To Nature ”
And depicted in a very fluid way. You should take a look at the ad to actually understand what i am talking about. Check it out below. Initially one would think it is an ad for some environment conservation gig. But then the bottle splashes into the water at the end with a promise to be just himalayan water taken and bottled up.
It retails at Rs.25/- per litre and there is definitely no discount on mass purchases. Its got a pretty good taste and it has a good amount of sodium and minerals in it.
And finally, for the “but” part,
The Packaging is very flimsy, you ll definitely spill some water when you open it cause a slight grip squeezes the bottle.