I was "lucky" enough to start my first day at work in India on a bandh (nation-wide strike) day... The whole country is exercising their right to express disatisfaction to fuel price hike - I would have supported that - if only I was Indian... Instead, we had to start our day at 6am. It means I'd have to have breakfast at 5am and leave the hotel at 5.30am the latest. The reason for the early start is that the strike will happen between 6am thru 6pm. In the meantime, it'd be dangerous to be in the streets. It could be risky for the drivers, for instance, to be out in the streets when angry mobs may try to stop those who don't join the cause.
I finally made it to work: IBM's largest site in the world. Considering I work on the second largest site (located in Brazil), it wasn't big impact to see about 4 large buildings with many other fellow IBMers. Just like in Hortolandia (SP, Brazil), Bangalore' site requires some considerable walking back and forth to get to the cafeteria and/or food court.
We were invited to join the project team for some breakfast. There
was no continental breakfast available since many workers didn't arrive due to the bandh. Not that it was a concern because I'm here for full India experience. You'd be surprised to
see how simple it can be to show interest in a culture other than your own and see how people would be so pleased and even grateful. I gladly had plain dosa (Indian pancake) and idly (rice cake).
Heading back to office, I was introduced to other fellow dotcom test analysts and began the knowledge transfer session for the day. Then we soon started our hands-on session and it soon revealed to be a productive day. It was productive but after lunch I was really sleepy either because I overate (very likely) or am still adjusting to jet lag.
On the way back I thought I had a glimpse of a temple I read about in the paper: Lakshimi's temple. Someone whose home had its home lease expired should have been evicted from the temple's land area. But it seems to be a situation that makes it a
bit more complicated for the man is muslim. I will try to learn more about it. I
asked the driver if that was the one, but he said he'd confirm it once we drive back to IBM the next day.
By the time I got to the hotel and everyone agreed on dinner's time, I was so tired I decided to skip dinner and just had some fruit. It was only 8pm and I fell asleep. I suppose jet lag is finally taking its toll on me. These coming weekdays are very likely to be all about work, but I'll still post something here and there. 😊 See you around!
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