Trudging through India...
By mrbill on May 27, 2009
I've been in India for about 10 days so far, meeting with customers and partners. Our India crew is strong, with business doing well and some really good projects in flight. Kudos to Neel, Satish, Bhaskar, Suresh, and Bobby for making me feel welcome and keeping me busy with interesting challenges.
I thought that China was busy with construction and dust, but India puts it to shame on "improving infrastructure". There is a ton of building going on, but the really impressive pieces are in supporting infrastructure. There are new metro lines going in, flyovers (bypass to us Americans), and real progress being made to support the new economy of more cars and trucks.
Outside my hotel in Delhi (in the Diplomatic Enclave), I met a few new friends:
And if my new friends and I get into any trouble, I'm pretty sure that we can outrun the local police... on foot... without really breaking a sweat:
Delhi does have some righteous coffee for keeping the jetlag at bay with caffeinated infusion.
I did find a new girlfriend in Chennai. She is kind of quiet, but a very solid woman of good standing:
My favorite way to get around over here is "auto-rik", or auto-rikshaw. Imagine if someone took an old Honda motorcycle, and had a 100 kph accident with a Malay rikshaw. If Rube Goldberg took the pile of leftover bent parts and put it back together into a single vehicle, this is what you would get. Especially fun after a few beers, late at night, racing back to the hotel. Offer the rik driver 100 rupees if he beats your co-workers back to the hotel, and you are sure to have an exciting ride that eclipses the best western roller coasters!
Kingfisher is not only my favorite airline here (truly top notch for domestic travel within India), one of my favorite Formula One sponsors (go Force India!), a strong cricket supporter, but they also make a quite nice refreshing alcoholic beverage. Vijay Mallya has quite a set of quality brands going.
I'll dump more pics and write more when I return home next week. This has been a great trip!