it’s been a month since I wrote something here, reason being I’m travelling a lot for the past 1 month. From attending meeting in Hyderabad to project management in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. It’s been a tough month for me.
So i was saying that I was handling a project in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, it’s a Immersion Programme where Singapore students visit India to study two electives. And these students happen to be from my Alma mater and they are my juniors.
12 days in Bhubaneswar, 14 days in Rourkela and 5 days in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra
But I didn’t manage the delhi project, so I was back the day before the students went to Delhi trip, so here’s my journey.
Had a presentation in Institute of Public Enterprise and I learn a lot from the Founder of our Company: Rajesh Panda. The way he portray himself in front of the student was different, he opens up to them, making them understand the importance of being a global resource.
In the evening we had a small break at a place named: Heart cup coffee, I know the name sound like a cafe but it’s nothing like that. The environment is nice, soothing, calm and the food was good the only thing is that the beer that we had was too pricy: Rs 500 for a 300ml beer, judge yourself people!
I too had a dream; a dream of opening up my own restaurant, what kind of restaurant? You guys must be wondering. I always imagine my restaurant to have this calm, soothing environment, it has to be mainly make out of wood structure, having my own brew, showcasing all my mum’s recipe in the menu and most importantly a stage for unplugged Hindi songs. So who’s in to open a restaurant with me? My two housemate: Dev and Hardic definitely, unconditionally raise their hand if I ask them, they were they one who suggested me for the past one month.
23 Hours drive from Hyderabad – Vizag – Bhubaneswar
So, a long and tiring journey ahead for us! Yes, you didn’t read it wrongly, My boss actually drove 23 hours from Hyderabad Via Vizag to Bhubaneswar! You can imagine how painful my butt was! We simply had to experience it once isn’t it? And how often can we have a road trip like this?
And finally we reached our destination: Bhubaneswar @ Empires Hotel the day before the students’ arrival from Singapore via Delhi
It’s my first time here in this hotel, previously when I manage the students in Bhubaneswar we stayed in Sun green hotel, a hotel near Big bazaar area. So what’s so good about this hotel? This hotel is bigger than the previous hotel we stayed in, environment wise, it’s clean and having a traditional look just makes people feel like they are in India. They have a swimming pool at the top level which I think wouldn’t accommodate all the guests if all of the guests in the hotel visit it all at once. They have a so call gym at the top level beside the swimming pool which accommodates I think 5 people and massage service is available with only 1 masseur, so tell me about it how I enjoy my stay there?
Okay, at least the food there was good, but good food comes with a expensive cost.
Wifi is available at Rs 500 per day, which connection gets cut every 5-10 minutes, net speed is slower than my 2G net package in my phone, perhaps they are using 0G, I got no idea how anyone can provide a service that is so bad and still charge. If you guys are staying there, I would recommend you to just use that money to get a 3G network in your phone or even better, get a dongle.
Okay, fine, at least the swimming pool looks really nice, it gave me a ‘Delhi 6’ movie scene feel when I visit the swimming pool, who knows someone may use this place as movie scene, you guys can thank me later.
Can’t help but took a panorama photo at the top level, the security guard over there must be wondering why am I turning one big round with my phone.
And here we go, our first Industry visit to Tech Mahindra in Bhubaneswar, okay, it’s not my first visit, I have been here for the 4th time even way before they changed their name to ‘Tech Mahindra’. I like this place, it’s a place where dreams do come true, I like their concept, especially their concept of Young ‘CEO’ when they shared with the students from Singapore and not forgetting a group photos with the presenters from Tech Mahindra and their newly built building at the background with the Logo ‘TECH Mahindra’.
Okay, I’m caught red handed, I’m enjoying myself on the beach at Bay of Bengal, Puri. We brought the students to Chilika lake to look for dolphins and then to the Puri Beach to enjoy the big wave!
More information on Puri Beach: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puri_Beach
On the boat back to where we came from after a hot afternoon on the lake and the beach. The sun that is setting gives the water a reflection of it’s diamond glaze.
My fourth time visiting the Konark temple and I think that the price range is so unfair, I know there’s a difference between Indian and tourist price but to have India origin priced at Rs 10 and tourist at Rs 250 that’s a freaking 25 times more. At least have some leniency on the poor tourists.
Anyway, If you are here in Bhubaneswar, it’s a must visit place! But don’t expect the magnetised floating temple, because that existed hundred years ago.
I went to Rourkela two days before their arrival to settle on the accommodation in National Institute of Technology Rourkela, and also to prepare one of Singapore delicacy for them: Chicken Rice, having that thinking that they probably are missing the food in Singapore.
At least I did manage to make the ‘Aachar’ that every one recognise, and the chicken was smooth enough after the 3 hours of ‘Cold’ bath and the soup was indulge with chicken flavour after using 6 chicken to cook it.
Students experience Rangoli for the first time in India
The students are here like I said for an Immersion programme, and experiencing the culture in India is part of the curriculum and that too for learning Rangoli in NITRKL.
Not forgetting to mention the firecracker experience for all of them. It’s illegal to play with firecracker in Singapore, ever since the fire outbreak in the olden times (as houses were built by straws and not bricks) and other injuries accident that is related to firecrackers, firecrackers is banned in Singapore. It is only during festive/national event, under supervision, and by the government, that we get to see and not play with firecrackers.
Death of our Founding father
We are all in India when our founding prime minister #Lee Kuan Yew has passed away, and nothing much we can do about it, we could not abandon our programme and send the students back to Singapore. All we can do is to create a memorial session for him in India on the state funeral day 290315.
Everyone was feeling really sad, especially when you are not in your own country to do that, even I lost the chance to see him one last time. Without him, Singapore wouldn’t be so developed, without him Singapore wouldn’t have last this long, Without him Singapore wouldn’t have their own water, it’s because of his far vision that Singapore has become a 1st world country.
This time round, I’m not really satisfied with my management, in terms of programme were cancelled, didn’t manage to get permission to one of the Industrial visit, schedule being ‘hijacked’ by whatsoever reason, I felt that I can do better in that, but me doing better is one thing, but if whatsoever people that is coordinating with me is not doing the same thing, I feel that it will not work. You see, it takes two hands to clap, how can I manage everything?
I understand one thing after all the management projects: Not everyone is cut out to be a coordinator, it takes passion, you don’t ask for monetary in return, you have to do it unconditionally, we complain because we want them to improve, if you can’t even accept the feedback which is also the fact, then how can you grow as a institution?
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.
Just like how Willie Mays had said: You must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport and for what I’m sharing it is the dedication to your chosen role, if you are not prepared to work hard for it, and keeps on telling that things is not possible, it’s impossible, then I can tell you that you will not go far in your life, and to not do things just because you are scared of taking the responsibility, well, I’ve got nothing much to say about being that way, you are just not the cut out for the roles.
I’m a very emotional person and I hate bidding farewell, it’s not a very long time with these guys, but the bond has been built and this bond will stay forever in my heart.
On the very day of our leaving, all of them came to hug us goodbye, tears were floating around my eyes, I didn’t want to let them see it, I really can’t bear to leave them, they are like our children, taking care of them, not letting them fall sick even though I fall sick during the trip with them, getting worried if one goes missing, locating the best restaurant for them just so they will like the food here in India, all this things, It’s really hard to manage, and then I realise, my parents has been doing that for me all these years, and I can really understand from their shoe how bad I was.
My tears rolled down my cheek as I boarded the train, having a stack of cards and photos given by them to me and my colleague, we both were crying while reading it (只差没抱在一起). All this messages:
Thank you Gary, if not for you, we wouldn’t know how we can enjoy our trip
Thank you Gary for bringing us to many good places
Thank you Gary for taking care of us, we will miss you!
Thank you Gary for cooking for us, we won’t forget you.
You don’t need any monetary return, and I don’t need that, because being appreciate for all the hard work that you had done, that’s really enough for me.