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“The World Is a Book and Those Who Do Not Travel Read Only One Page”- St. Augustine

As a part of our Annual Outbound Learning Activity, we, the SAP S/4HANA Procurement team had the pleasure of staying at The Tamara Coorg for a fun filled yet enlightening three days accompanied by our trainers from Trebound. If you enjoy lush greenery, breathtaking waterfalls, hills with twisted roads, and misty landscapes; Coorg is an ideal place for you.

We left Bangalore in the early hours of Thursday to bypass the treacherous city traffic. We danced, sang, ate and made a lot of noise on the way. Some of us tried to cover-up for our scanty sleep of the previous night too. We woke up to the scenic beauty whizzing past us as we left the concrete jungle for the untamed vegetation. Tamara had a lot of pleasant surprises for us!!

After checking in to our cottages, we were mesmerized by the aesthetically crafted landscape, and the strategically positioned bungalows in the lap of nature. The kaleidoscopic views from the balcony were spectacular to say the least. Yet the availability of the modern luxuries left us spellbound. On Thursday evening, at the Convention Centre, we performed the final act(s) of the famed Procurement Sports League (PSL). It included a “ramp walk” with the theme of nature, a “talent show” and a witty quiz competition. All the teams showcased outstanding talent and the competition was literally neck-to-neck; but team Vikash stole the first prize with immense grace and flamboyance. Team Saurabh was the overall winner of the PSL.

On the second day (Friday) some of our overenthusiastic selves carried our tired bodies for an early morning trek where we discovered yet more lush coffee plantations and multiple scenic waterfalls. The training which was supposed to be outdoors was mostly held indoors because of the incessant rainfall which Mother Nature gracefully showered on us. The trainers had judiciously targeted various organizational values like “team work”, “effective communication”, “one size doesn’t fit all” and most importantly “execution of a strategy” to carefully craft various activities like “The human Knot”, “Build a machine”, and “The Plank Challenge”. The climax was the “Kon Tiki Boat Challenge”, where the five teams not only had to build a boat each as per the blueprints given, but had to row them across a swimming pool to win the race! The excitement was electric, the tension palpable and the energy was infectious.

This was followed by a round of pool volley and then some of us let ourselves loose with a generous dosage of “high spirits”!! In the evening the organizers had arranged for a party with a select collection of “poison of your choice”. Till late in the evening we sang, got to know our fellow teammates more personally and played board games. Though our spirits were high, there were no unfavorable incidents at all!!

All’s well that ends well!! The incessant rains couldn’t dampen our spirits. We enjoyed this experience to the fullest. A special thanks to the organizers and the participants both, for making this event a memorable one; which are to be cherished for years to come.

 

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