Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chennapatna Toys and Mysore Pak

If anyone is following my blog,I have permanently moved to India in february of this year.
I am working with Wipro in bangalore.

Life is wonderful and I am enjoying my time with family.

Last week,as part of PM Training,I went to Mysore for a week long program.It is an excellent training program for Project managers.It has 3 international certifications.

I met a group of wonderful,very talented people.I had the privilege to spend a week's time with them.
It is lot of learning from the program and from the individuals.

We had lot of fun and it was like revisiting my college days.

1st couple of days,it was 7 habits of highly effective people by late mr.stephen covey.
The faculty made this very light by his humour.
Excellent program for leaders.

We went out for shopping on the 1st day of training itself,setting new standards!
We bought nice silk sarees,very famous in mysore.
We bought statues made out of various woods like sandal,redwood,etc.

On tuesday,we went out in rain but luckily it was gone when we reached KRSD(Krishna Raja sagar Dam).
It is a huge dam and the musical dancing fountain is a nice one to watch in the evening.
Brindhavan garden is in the same place and one of our batch could make it to both(They choose garden 1st and joined for the musical fountain later as garden is closed at 7.30pm).

After the visit,we had dinner at United 21.Food was nice.And the drinks too.

Wednesday was very hectic with high impact presentation.We were amazed by the energy level of the faculty.Very opt choice for this program.
On thursday,we were forced to come out of our comfort zone.
We acted,sang songs,danced,etc.It was real fun.(My wife commented to my kids like someone made your Dad also to Dance!)

Some of us went out for couple of drinks to destress.
We had a very good time.

Friday was again a stretch on high impact decision making.
Again,this is very useful in personal and professional life.
The faculty was an intellectual.I noted down lot of books during his presentation.

We had a special dinner in the night.
The boys at kitchen were very pleasing and the food was excellent.

Then,it was the last day of the program.
It was about change management.We have seen a video of the famous book 'Who moved my cheese'.
Many of us could relate to the characters in the movie.
Then came the congratulations and certificate distribution ceremony.
We felt very proud of ourselves.
We packed our bags after lunch and we exchanged good wishes and good byes.
On our way back to Bangalore,we picked up lot of wooden toys at chennapatana.(In fact,I felt very happy to pick up those in this world of smartphones,tablets and smart TV's).

It was a break from the routine for all of us.
Anyone who wants to become a leader,this program is a must.
Primarily,it was lot of fun,thanks to wipro.

Note: Maddur vada was very tasty,thanks to Abhinay.
Mysore pak is of excellent taste,thanks to Dinakaran.Half a kilo was gone in few minutes within my team.
I have missed 'Thatta Idly' though,may be next time.
I will visit mysore again with my family later this year.

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