Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mumbai-Pune-Bengaluru-Chennai: Action packed week

This week was really action packed for me. Giving a brief update on what’s keeping me busy.

Sunday, 4th April: Went to watch a live music concert by Guitarist Prasanna and grammy winner Victor Wooten. They were assisted by Dr S. Kathick with Ghatam and Bangalore Amrit with Khanjira. The jugalbandi was a treat to ears. Some photos of the event are published here

The event was part of Victor Wooten’s India tour, sponsored by Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM). SAM aims to bridge the void created by non availability of quality music institutions. Initially SAM would conduct residential 6 month diploma courses in Music, costing Rs 2.5 lakhs. Details:

Wednesday, 7th April: Was in Mumbai to attend IAMAI’s Mobile Advertising Conference. I live blogged the event, listening to each speaker and publishing excerpts of their talks. Standby for a separate post on this on this event. For now, you can catch all the updates here at IAMAI blog

After the event took a hotel in Juhu went for a walk in the beach, met Sandeep Srinivas.

Thursday, 8th April: Explored the Bandra Worli sea link, went to Dadar and got on a Pune bound Shivaneri (Govt Volvo service). Requested the fellow passenger to give me the window seat, so that I can check out Mumbai Pune expressway. He agreed.

Met Shekar Malode for the first time in Pune, next day, rented a cab and explored some of the prominent tourist attractions of Pune. Visited Parvati hills, Saras Bagh, Aga Khan Palace, Shanivar Wada, Lal Mahal, Jungli Baba Samadhi, Pataleshwar Cave etc. As I was taking photos of Pune city as I was being driven around, looks like Pune police noticed it and raised an alert. I got a call from Cab company asking me not to take any photos, as they got a call from Police in this regard. Exact reason and details not known, but I appreciate their alertness.

Saturday, 10th April: Reached Bengaluru from Pune and got to see the BIAL for the first time. Avoiding all cabs got into a Jayanagar bound Vayu Vajra, reached home in about 60 mins, which as impressively fast. Met some friends, went for a play in Ranga Shankara. The play, titled “Dreams of Taleem” was just ok ok.

Will be attending SME Legend 2010, SAP Talkshow tomorrow at Taj Westend. The invite only event organized by SAP would exhibit the how SAP is best suited ERP for SMEs.

In between, was also updating Everest Climber Sandhosh Kumar’s blog with his day to day experience accounts. Read it here. If time permits, pls checkout to participate in an initiative against Child Sexual Abuse.

The action packed week would end once I reach Chennai tomorrow night. Will publish detailed blog posts where appropriate and as & when time permits.