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India 15-Oct-2011 through the 18th

My plan was to post a blog after arriving in India for vacation and TechEd.  Well, it’s still “after” and TechEd hasn’t started, though I’m at the Bangalore conference center.  I had a busy weekend, and did post a personal blog (or 2) and many tweets about my journey here.  From an SAP Mentor view, this is an event on a different plane for me having never visited India.

I can’t say enough about Dipankar and Abesh being hosts for my arrival and orientation here. These guys have helped me through aspects of travel that could have hindered my enjoyment, and turned it into a great experience.  I’ve stayed at both their homes, met their families, and been treated to terrific food and sight seeing.  I’ll link you to my personal blog for those out-of-band experiences.

There are a lot of thoughts and observations about my trip, both in electronic form, and hand-written in an SAP Mentor notebook.  I’d like to digest this a bit more, and focus on the SAP event rather than too much of a tangential rant, though a few ideas need to be shared.

  • My view of the country of India is evolving rapidly based on the past few days.  While I was certainly aware of the technical progress and growth in many directions, the population density, pollution, and poverty can’t be ignored.  It’s a moral dilemma to be from a prosperous nation and be approached by street beggars.  I hope I can contribute in some positive way through Doctors Without Borders, or one of the micro-finance efforts, and I’m open to suggestions.
  • Bangalore has grown like Topsy; seeing this is believing it.  Google Earth does wonders at displaying topography down to the finest detail, but captures none of the true flavor.  Seeing goats on the side of the road near office parks is quite striking.
  • Horn OK. Now I get it.
  • Tuk tuk?  Yeah, we took a ride in one.  But I am a little nervous about facing the mosquitoes in this part of the world.



Below are shots on the way to Bangalore, and in the TechEd center.  Sorry for my funny expression in the first shot – I had 3 hours of sleep before getting on the plane with my friends.





“Road” warrior at the Bangalore airport


Yup, an apparation of the mothership.


Chip and Aslann, ready for the opening kickoff



Last but not least, Marilyn Pratt and I meet in India!

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  • Hello Jim,

    Good observation.Now let me express my views:
    In Chandigarh(one of the Union territory of India)there are boards saying ‘Don’t feed the beggars else the place would become beggar’s place’.So people are not encouraged to do so.Now most of the beggars that I see are physically fit and can be made to work.Let me not talk about exceptions.
    Then we have another set of people as well.You would see the range is from Very RICH to people below poverty line.I have no idea how do we reach balance? Lately, we have seen many people inside/outside India, coming forward with acts of altruism.But there is still much much more to do.
    In case some philanthropy is in picture then I would say it would in terms of either educational,inspirational,managing oneself,sanitation,old age home,self-dependence and likewise.
    Please excuse in case I did not get your point.
    BTW the pictures are really cool!


  • Hi Jim

    Around a month back BBC hosted a show that depicted the two sides of India and this was done by travelling from Delhi to Chennai through a rural route (in an ‘Amby’) as well as an urban route (in a brand new Mahindra SUV). No one could explain India better.
    If India can boast of technical expertise and super talent , we also a few tribes in the north-east and eastern part who haven’t seen civilization yet. Surprised ? You shoudn’t be !!! We are maintaining a fine balance between good (our progress and growth) , bad (poverty , pollution, population) and the ugly (corruption) and will continue to do so.

    Finally , as I have always maintained, India is a rich country with poor people.. (take your time to decipher this !!!)



    • Hello Umesh,

      Just for your information: Jim visited eastern part of India before coming to Bangalore. 🙂
      And I think a greater part of this observation comes from there.