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!