Sunday, August 19, 2007
Iam just back from a 2-week trip to Mumbai to help one of our projects, the phase 1 of which was scheduled to go live shortly. My services were specifically requested as the people there felt that my expertise and experience might come in handy. I however had my reservations because the phase 1 of the project involved only minor development which they could have handled themselves. It was only after I was told that I could use my time to work on phase 2 did I agree to visiting Mumbai. Little did I realize what an unforgettable experience I was about to have. I was hoping the team there would be friendly and great to work with. They were friendly alright, about as friendly as a room full of rattlesnakes. They somehow saw my presence there as a threat and were unwilling to treat me as one amongst them. No matter how hard I tried to make friends, they were unwilling to reach out. So in the end I had to cut short my trip and return much earlier than earlier planned. It was only the time I spent outside of office and away from the cut-throat corporate world that made the trip somewhat worthwhile.