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
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!
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.