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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 15th 2013

Global Residency in India Monday morning was the first day of our residency. The morning began fairly early with breakfast at the hotel. There was an assortment of different foods – Western, Indian and everything in between. While I wasn’t sick, my stomach was beginning to gurgle, so I stuck to a more conservative breakfast. Although my favorite thing was the papaya. I also had some watermelon juice and BACON!!!! Seriously! They had BACON! This was probably the most pleasant surprise one could find in India for breakfast – BACON!!!! Yum! We all piled into the bus and were off to the first company - Mytrah. Mytrah is a wind energy company that has an office in Bangalore, India. They work off of independence power producer wind farms. Many of the obstacles that Mytrah faces deals ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 14th 2013

On Sunday morning, I had to wake up at 4 am to finish packing and take a shower and checkout. This time, since I was just flying to Bangalore to meet the group, I packed a bunch of extra stuff that was previously in my carry on into my larger bag. I was nervous it would be too heavy. My driver was early which was a relief! It was still dark out and the drive was quite peaceful. There were no other cars on the road. An occasional truck here and there, but nothing else on the road - very different to see. The driver made good time to the airport. Upon arrival, I had to check in through ‘foreign’ lines. It was sort of nice b/c there weren’t many foreigners. I was then able to ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore June 30th 2013

My first ever trip to Bangalore and to South India was in the year 2006 for an induction programme with the multinational organisation i had joined. I do recall the HAL airport and that it was small and not being able to cope with the pressure of Bangalore having emerged as the Silicon valley of India. We left for the training facility and it was part of a sprawling over 100 acre property where the corporate office used to be. I remember the weather to be cold and raining, this was in November and I had dinner and called it a day. I was sharing my room with another manager and she arrived in the middle of the night and scared me out of my wits. The next day our induction began and I think we ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore May 14th 2013

What to have for dinner is a question which always leaves you in trouble. And dealing with such questions is quiet difficult. And in such situations agreeing of everyone is important!! And weekend it was; my parents, my brother, my sister and I were sitting together and playing cards. We all were having a great time as the game was becoming interesting, when out of nowhere I just recommended that we can go to Chokhi Dhani today. With least interest in what I said everybody said “Okay” because everybody’s attention seeker at that point of time was that card game. But our Chokhi Dhani plan was executed also. So we all went to Chokhi Dhani. It was quiet far from our house but drive was fun indeed. We finally reached the place – and the food ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore May 13th 2013

Days 221 - 225 (Tues 16th – Sat 20thApril) Bangalore A very early start for me being around 7am to give me time to get showered and to the station in Chennai to head onwards to Bangalore. The trip took around 6 hours and it’s safe to say that the second class seating is not comfortable at all. It certainly isn’t as good as a virgin voyager service back home. I arrived mid afternoon and got into a taxi and headed out to my guesthouse. Obviously being the way here the taxi driver took me saying he knew where it was when he didn’t. After a phone call to the guesthouse I waited for a couple of minutes with the taxi driver and a bloke on a motorbike turned up to take me to the right ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Banashankari April 23rd 2013

Yes, I'm still in Bangalore, enjoying a lazy life and good company, however, that is all about to change as I prepare to go it alone in India. I finally pulled my finger out and started planning a rough itinerary, although I've only pin-pointed and booked one destination so far. It's a start. I'll figure the rest out as I'm going along. In the last few days, I've experienced more amazing food, but also what I'm assuming to be meat withdrawal. For two days I was devoid of all energy and unbelievably sleepy. I wasn't consciously craving meat, but my body clearly was. On Friday, I chilled at Big Straw (Vidya and Ashish's bubble tea cafe), and sampled various fruit lattes with aloe vera chunks, mango stars (awesome!) and mango bombs. They knock the socks off ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore April 23rd 2013

Hey again, So....I made it to India in one piece. Erica and I spent the last night in Amsterdam with our two friends and got on the plane at 5 am the next day. We met up with Robyn, another girl in our program, in Paris, where we met at the gate for our flight to Bangalore. Everything went fine until Paris, where we were stuck on the tarmack for three hours because of technical difficulties with the plane. Not an encouraging thing to happen just before a 9 hour flight. However, we landed in Bangalore safely, and spent the night at a family owned hotel near the airport. Now, this is where the networking began. We talked with the wife of the hotel owner in the morning and she had connections in the city which ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Banashankari April 18th 2013

I touched down in Bangalore just before midnight on Monday, and was greeted at arrivals by Veena and her friend, Indu. We took the hour's drive back to V's place and after a short catch-up on the balcony, my tiredness got the better of me and I turned in. For some reason, I'd stayed wide awake for the full four and a half hour flight, which is very unlike me. I usually can't sit still for five minutes without drifting off. I somehow managed to zonk out whilst riding in a Cambodian tuk-tuk for goodness' sake! And those of you that have ridden in Cambodian tuk-tuks will understand how difficult a task that should be. The next day, we just chilled before heading out late afternoon. We went to Frazer Town and had a coffee at ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore April 16th 2013

How to reach there The shiva statue is located in the old airport road of Bangalore. If you are going from MG Road side, you have go on the old airport road for about 4kms till you find a shopping complex called “Total Mall” (earlier called Kids Kemp). The Statue is located behind this building, slightly visible to outside. There is an entry at the side of the building, mentioned as “Pahadi Siva dhama Yatra”. You have to mark it from close or you may miss it. About the temple The interesting fact of the temple is that it is open in 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. This is something rare for any other temple in India. Although people feel that the place has been commercializ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Banashankari April 3rd 2013

When in India it wont take long to realize that power outages occur frequently regardless of the standard of City living or small life towns. Throughout my stay in India I've learned to deal with the power outages in various places. In my first apartment in Delhi I learned very quickly to take the stairs the three stories rather than the convenience of the elevator. In Himachal Pradesh I spent a chilly night without a heater or candle in my flat and instead relied on my fading laptop battery to keep the cold and darkness out of my mind as I sat alone in my room. And in Bangalore the daily power outages were so common to me that my ability to shower in complete black became an odd skill set of mine. Electricity is something ... read more




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