India - 2007
I got the chance to do my first visit to India in the autumn
of 2007. My destination was the Indian Silicon Valley - the
big city of Bangalore.
I spent most of the week just by working at our office that
was located on the outskirts of the town in the recently
established technology park of Whitefield. It is probably
going to be an impressive area in the future but now it was
basically a huge construction yard. The hotel was a walking
distance from the office but as the place was basically in
the middle of nowhere there were not many activities in the
evening. On the other hand this also meant that you did not
have suffer from the infernal traffic jams - it could take
up to two hours to commute from the city center!
After a week of busy work I spent the weekend in the
downtown area. You can see most of the main attractions in
two days - even though Bangalore is not the main
tourist attraction there are still quite a few interesting
spots there. There are many impressive temples in the city -
the huge complex of Iskcon being the most memorable one I
visited. Additionally there is a lot of interesting
architecture from the colonial era.
When it comes to traffic Bangalore must be the craziest city
I've experienced so far. Walking is not a pleasant
experience - using the numerous auto-rickshaws is the
preferred method of transportation.
The wide variety of local food was a really pleasant
surprise. I experimented with lots of strange dishes -
almost all of them being delicious. There are obviously big
differences between the Northern and Southern kitchens. One
thing you could not avoid was cricket (especially when they
had the world cup in South Africa at the moment) - I somehow
understood the basics after watching several games but still
the game was too slow for my taste.
Anyway an interesting introduction to this huge country -
obviously one week was too short period to experience India
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