October 31 – Halloween out in Bangalore!
I went out with a couple of the staff for dinner and drinks at Beire Club in Bangalore. It was a really nice place that had 3 different floors and brew their own beer here. Januk and Karen from work and their friend from Mumbai came out and was a great time!
They are so funny, we started talking about differences in the US, since one of them had gone to school in the US for a couple years. He was saying driving in the US is so hard – automatic cars, and “You have to get in the left lane to turn left!”. I thought that was so funny – because here yeah there isn’t many rules in traffic you can cross traffic and turn in front of people and somehow it works. Januk also said, “You have can’t go through red stoplights!” Who would have thought? Even if there is no-one there you cannot just go through a red-light. 🙂 Januk is from Mumbai and had his friend in town from Mumbai (Bombay) for the Metallica concert that was on Sunday night at the Palace Grounds. Metallica was playing here and one of the first main rock bands to come to India. It was a pretty big deal! They were supposed to play in Delhi as well and it got cancelled and then had major riots with angry fans since they all traveled from all parts of India just for the concert. Glad Bangalore’s went on without a hitch. Lady Gaga was also in Delhi and opened for the F1 car racing new stadium. This was the first car racing track and said there was 80,000 in the stadium. Januk tells me I have to visit Mumbai since it’s the New York of India. He also said Goa too, but I don’t think I’ll make it to either of those places – but I have seen a lot! There is just so much to see and wish I was here longer!
Karen will be coming to the US in Des Moines, Iowa (my old college stomping grounds) and can’t wait for her visit! She may have to get a license there that she is a little worried about, but should be downtown most of the time I think. Karen is from Mangalore, that is west of Bangalore a few hours.
Karen and I at Beire Club in Bangalore – they brew great beer here! Karen is going to be a rotator in the Des Moines, Iowa office in January through March so I am very excited for her rotation to Iowa!!
November 1, 2011
On Tuesday night we decided to go to Hard Rock Cafe…everyone was kind of craving some Beef and some good American food. 🙂 We met in our hotel bar below that really can’t beat their happy hour free drinks for hotel guests! Below is a picture of many of the rotators here, mostly from US, UK, Germany, Caymans, Netherlands. We ordered some nachos at hard rock and were amazing! Missing guacamole here – but was fun to check out Hard Rock even though it definitely didn’t feel like I was in India when I was there.
November 2, 2011
Chung asked to borrow my camera today at work and said they wanted to take some photos of the GTH staff to send teams in the US. So they went out and did a little photo shoot. 🙂
Tonight we took our staff out to dinner and was so much fun! We had a blast!
Seniors at GTH
Pushpa took us to a Sikh temple worship in Bangalore. It was really neat inside (couldn’t take photos in holy place), but was a lot of gold over the shrine in the middle. Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is one of their main places of worship that is on the Pakistan/India border. The majority of Sikhs are from Punjab in India (in the north and borders Pakistan). They also had some great music they were playing at the time we were there. 3 men were singing and playing drums and an accordion type music. Above in the photo is me, Pushpa, Jenn, Nazareen, and Dominique.
Pushpa told us a little about Sikhism (she is Hindu but thought it would fun for us to see this place), and said there were five major things that Sikhs always have with them at all times. They wear a bracelet, carry a sword or knife, traditionally wear long hair and beard, and carry a comb, and wear the turban hats. It was fun hearing their music and seeing one of their religious places. We have seen now many Hindu temples, Muslim Masques and now Sikh place of worship. So interesting learning about their different religions and ways of life.
Dinner at Tandoor – Fabulous food!
Pushpalatha and I at Tandoor Punjabi restaurant – it was so good!!! Pushpa is one of the staff I am working with at GTH. She has a lot of spunk and enthusiasm. She is such a hard worker and really love getting to know her! She may take us shopping next week and show us some good spots!The food was awesome! Pushpa ordered 3 different curries for us, with rice, naan, and some appetizers. We had some dessert also that was very interesting. It looked like noodles with some ice cream on top. Was very good – but I was so full I couldn’t eat it all! We also at the end had some leaves with some spices/sweets inside. They were good – took me a while to chew since it was a large leaf taste to eat! There was also this interesting tray of different little ingredients you were supposed to have at the end for your digestion. We all tried them all, one we felt taste like soap, another like perfume, and another – just interesting I will say…! Check out Jenn’s faces – I think the photos say enough. J Altogether though the food was amazing and had fun taking the staff out to eat. I only started sweating a bit from the spice and calmed it down with some buttermilk so it was all good!