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/dev/india – Day 9-12 – Aw, damn!

21/06/2011

So just when I was in sync with my blog posts and everything was going so well, fate rears its ugly head at me. I’ve been having some pretty bad food poisoning over the past few days, hence no blog posts. (And as you can guess, nothing pleasant to write about.)

Today is the first day I’ve felt better. (That’s the best birthday present my body could give me, let’s hope it sticks. :))

I do have some pictures and videos from the High Street Phoenix mall area from saturday that I’ll try to post asap. But for now it’s a cup of tea and relaxation – tomorrow work begins anew.

/dev/india – Day 8 – First week in India!

17/06/2011

I can’t believe it’s been a week already!

India has been great so far. It’s had both it’s ups and downs but I’m looking forward to the remainder of my stay.

Oskari finished a great logo concept today – wish I could share it but the whole thing is hush-hush before the official launch.

Got a picture from Oskari of the highway we crossed the other day in “Rikshaw madness“. The thing still gives me the chills when I look at it. You have like 30 centimetres of space where the cars aren’t actually driving, and there’s a culture of honking all the time in India, so you feel like somebody is going to run you over at any second.

No work tomorrow, and we’re gonna go shopping and also get to sleep in, that means browsing the net, blogging and chatting, woo!

As you readers have probably noticed I’ve tried to publish my backlog of daily posts over the past two days. I haven’t really had reliable connectivity at the hotel until now (picture proof below) and there’s been so much going on and so little time, but starting today we’re going to do one steady blog post per day. Thanks for reading so far and hope you keep on visiting now that the post schedule is a little less erratic. 🙂

Pinging my box at home, 3G connectivity isn’t always working so well at the hotel.

/dev/india – Day 7 – It’s getting hazier, Captain!

17/06/2011

Yet another day at the office.

We’re coming to work pretty early and never leave before the sun sets, the days start to kind of float together. This blog is really helping me to keep track of what’s happening, it’s great.

Today everyone from the office were going out for shopping and drinks, but I was still not feeling well since yesterday so I stayed home, grabbed some tea, catched up on the news, reddit and social stuff. First real me-time I’ve had since I got to India, felt great.

In other news, it”s been raining a lot lately, it’s monsoon season – video courtesy of Oskari:

/dev/india – Day 6 – Design progress

17/06/2011

We agreed on a new design! Oskari presented this completely awesome Web 4.0 concept. It’s gonna be groundbreaking for sure! Paul expressed his love for the design with passion you could only expect a frenchman to have. xD

Some of the employees haven’t really been doing HTML and CSS a lot, but we’re needing that more and more in the next week so I try to teach the guys HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and all that good jazz that comes with modern web design. It’s going very well, we made great progress in the first day.

Got a pizza from the local pizzeria. I never thought a veggie pizza could taste so great. Amazing stuff. GSL finals is coming up in a few days, can’t wait!


As featured on Twitter!

After work me and Hermine went up to her room for dinner, watched some Frasier and discussed the project further.

Started to feel a bit queasy after I got back to the room. Been pretty much just eating Indian food since I got here and I think it is taking its toll on my stomach. 😦

/dev/india – Day 5 – Rikshaw madness, again

17/06/2011

Today was a good day at the office. Paul came to India today and talked a lot about the look of the web app we are creating and decided to do a complete overhaul of the current design.

Heading home, it was trouble with the transportation again. After failing to find a rikshaw or a cab (it was rush hour) we took the bus. The traffic was awful and the bus was pretty hot, but I think that I am adjusting to the climate, and I still felt worn and tired, but relaxed when we got off.

The bus dropped us at Goregaon station, and we walked home again. This time we were a larger group, and the road that had seemed scary the day before felt much easier the second time around.

When we got back we celebrated Pauls arrival (and the completion of our team) by having a meal at the hotel restaurant. Paul suggested I try the Tandori chicken and it was just a-mazing. Who knew you could do so much with just grilled chicken.

At dinner we got into an argument about whether you can taste the difference between Coke and Coke Light (I understand the general consensus is that you can, but I still don’t taste the difference.)

/dev/india – Day 4 – Rikshaw madness

17/06/2011

Chicken and mutton biriyani!

Met Hermine for the first time in the hotel lobby on the way to work! She seemed very nice and had a quirky personality. 🙂

Also met all the workers at the office. They were all very friendly. Didn’t snap a picture but promise to post a group photo later!

After a productive day, we planned on going to mine and Hermines hotel with Oskari for some dinner and TV watching. (America’s Got Talent has started again!)

Unfortunately faith had other plans for us. India doesn’t use addresses in the same extent we do in Europe, and instead people explain where to go by major landmarks, intersections and names of larger streets. Since none of us speak Hindi, and the rikshaw drivers generally don’t speak English, it’s always a challenge to get back to the hotel. (From the hotel, the portier helps us get a cab.)

The rikshaw accidentally drove us to Goregaon station, and we had no idea how to gesture our ways back to the hotel, so we just got out and found ourselves lost in the night. After checking the GPS, we slowly made our way to the hotel on foot. It was about 8PM and pitch-black. The streets at night didn’t feel very welcoming, and it was kind of an unnerving experience for me.

The “boss stage” of the walk as Oskari put it, was crossing the street to reach the hotel. There are no pedestrian crossings around the hotel and the traffic on the four-lane highway felt almost as dense as the evening heat. After some hesitant flinches we ran over the street and found us at the hotel, home at last.

Once at the hotel, we ordered Biriyani, which I thought was a bit bland. (Think I was expecting a bit much from rice and meat.)

/dev/india – Day 3 – Getting settled

16/06/2011

Stopped by the office today and settled in a bit. Since it was Sunday, it was just me and Oskari. The offices are really nice and clean, with pretty decent computers (Spotted a few Core i3’s!)

The Office

Then it was off to the mall for shopping!

Short video of the mall below – lots of people!

The mall had a huge food court and seeing a familiar brand i quickly made my way to the Subway takeout. Interestingly, the vegetables that are being used for making vegetarian sandwiches are separated from the vegetables being used in meat sandwiches. Indians take their vegetarianism very seriously. I opted for a orthodox Italian BMT, which was delicious.

After that we stopped by a home and lifestyle store and purchased a small water boiler, some cutlery, a cup and a really cool bowl with engraved ornaments on the inside. Now i can make tea, noodles and soup in my room if I get hungry. 🙂

At the convenience store, I found a section that sold wines and asked the clerk to suggest me a good Indian wine:


Oskari came up with me to the hotel, and we watched Frasier and Seinfeld (Which Oskari did not seem to enjoy. 😦 )

We also uncorked the wine – it was really forceful with a strong woody taste. It was probably one of the strongest wines I’ve tried in terms of flavour. Think I’ll have to bring home a bottle!

After Oskari left, I watched some Frasier on the telly before drifting off into sleep.