So I am just getting some much needed rest after attending the first Steel City Ruby Conf (and my first ruby conf). I have to say it was definitely one of the best conferences I ve been to, it was more of a well rounded conference than a technical conference! The theme of the conference seemed to be more “meet each other and listen to people in-between” than the normal “we have a bunch of people talking to ya” thing.
After a lot of speculation and a lot of time waiting for Gana to receive his passport, we were all set to apply for our visa.
A WEEK BEFORE WE HAD TO FLY 🙂
In the mean time, we were busy taking care of other details. Speculating about the time we would spend there and the cash we would be carrying and the general rants and raves. It turned out we couldnt get the malaysian visa here. TOO BAD. Cause of Gana’s Passport coming in late and me misplacing the visa photos and the general traffic situation in chennai.
Well, there we were in college. Completely oblivious to the fact that we were going to be flying to Singapore later that night. It was like any other day in college, nothing special. Except a couple of leers from Kulla Karthi and a lot smiles and half a dozen teachers not being allowed to teach at our expense. Nothing out of the ordinary.
On we went to the airport that night and through the baggage check, we were 5 kilos over the limit. Off came the coat and on it went on me. Gana reshuffled some of his luggage and voila, we were just 3 kilos over. The good guy behind the counter decided to overlook the extra. Turned out only half the flight was full. After the busy immigration and the security checks and double checking if TIGER AIR really did exist, well our fears were out to rest on seeing the Airbus A3xx standing proudly on the tarmac. Ah, BLISS!!! 🙂
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!!!