Day 3: Sightseeing in Bangalore

Today the group counted around 8 people at 8.30am instead of the expected 20. The night activities seem to be exhausting. 🙂 But 15 minutes later the waiting students doubled and were ready to start.

Our coach drove us through the whole city with a lot of traffic jam and crowded streets. Almost everybody took this opportunity to have a nap. One hour later we visited the Bull temple in south Bangalore – an impressive temple which is sacred for Hindi people. We found a granite monolith of Nandi there, built by Kempegowda in the 16th-century Dravidian style. Almost everyone left the temple with a red dot between his eyes and found shelter in the coach to avoid the begging children waiting outside.

The second stop was at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden which is famous for roses and flower shows. Unfortunately July is not the best time to visit the huge area. However we found a few  monkeys having lunch and posing for pictures, a lake and a lot of different flowers.

BIT09a in the botanical garden Bangalore

BIT09a in the botanical garden Bangalore

As we were running out of time we hit the road again and went back to our guest houses to get our baggage. On the way to the airport we pulled over at the Orchid restaurant again to try typical Indian food which was very delicious even though it was – typical India – very spicy.

The flight to Hyderabad was smooth and we got squeezed into a bus to chek-in in our new guest houses. The contrast in India couldn’t be more present: Next to a field of tents for homeless people the world’s biggest companies have their modern and luxury office buildings. Tired but happy we had dinner in a very good hotel with a buffet providing food from all over the world – especially Indian food.

We’re looking forward to our next company visits tomorrow!

Day 2 – Visit to Cognizant’s Headquarter in Bangalore

On Tuesday morning we managed to be on time. Our bus had one hour for the 8 km ride to Cognizant’s headquarter in Bangalore. We received personal “visitor batches” with pictures of each individual and headed towards the 8th floor where we got placed in an oval meeting room already provided with different soft drinks, nuts and cookies.

The presentation gave us a good insight into the whole outsourcing industry and services offered by Cognizant. In addition they showcased how they add value to customers. In our opinion, it gave us a better insight than the presentation from SAP. Very fascinating was that a ‘Chai Walla’ brought us tea. This expression stands for someone who delivers tea during a meeting or office hours. You might know it from the movie called ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. This was the first time we experienced something like that but it seems to be a common job in big companies.
Unfortunately we received for lunch some American style pizzas from Domino’s delivery service instead of typical Indian food, which we have expected. But this might be because we first have had to get used to the spicy Indian food. By the way they eat spicy food for breakfast, too!

After the interesting speech we took some photos within the Cognizant building. Actually this was against regulations but as the vice president allowed it, we took some more shots to remember this awesome and especially exciting day. As appreciation we gave the speaker team, CH Murali and Shrikant, some Swiss chocolate and original “Swiss Army Knives”.
In the evening after dinner, nearly all of our class attended small house party at Raj Comforts. There we have had an own living room. We drank some drinks, mainly beer and some non-alcoholic ones. This party was going on until 4 o’clock in the morning. Imagine how sleepy some of us were at the day after.

Day 0: The Arrival

After some complications at the Zurich airport, where both Matthias (Schütz and Litzke) from our group had to stay on ground, we left for Frankfurt. During our stop in Frankfurt, we saw the famous US Rapper “The Game”. After a long flight we arrived safely at Bangalore airport. Most of us experienced a cultural shock – cows were walking on the highway, crazy taxi drivers drove on the road and a chaotic traffic were some of the main reasons. Welcome to India!

Later in the residence we found out that the intercultural communication had some minor lacks. Our group was located in three hotels, where each of them received different sized rooms. Some of us had to sleep in the same room with locals. The reason was that room sharing is for Indian commo
n and the trip management hasn’t expressed it exactly, that we only want to share rooms among Swiss students. After complaining at the reception we achieved the reallocation into other rooms without unknown companions. At the end everything worked out well – typical Indian manner.
At 7 o’clock we met at the ‘Barbeque Nation’ restaurant, where all of us ate Indian food with a western Barbeque touch. After the lovely dinner with dancing servants, we decided to get some sleep to be ready for the next day morning.

Center for BIT goes India 2011

This summer the Center for Business Information Management organizes a study trip to India in cooperation with Cognizant Technology Solutions. During the period between the 17th and the 30th of July the class BIT09a will visit the 4 famous outsourcing destinations Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and New Delhi. Cognizant is going to open their doors in every city to give a deep insight into their daily business. Beside visiting companies there will be plenty of sightseeing and also a sight behind the curtain of a unique India culture. We’re sure it will be an impressive experience for the students and also for the organizers.

We’d like to take the opportunity to express our gratefulness for the support given by Cognizant. Without Cognizant it wouldn’t have been possible.

We hope we’ll have an interesting study trip without any accidents. Stay up to date and follow the students on this blog!

The following places will be visited:

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About Cognizant:

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Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 50 delivery centers worldwide and approximately 112,500 employees as of May 1, 2011, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at www.cognizant.com or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.