Archive for the ‘Induction’ Category

Pavement Plants

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

 Pavement Plants

Today was the last day of induction training. We finished off with presentations on comparing the Indian and western cultures. In the evening we ate at a restaurant that cooked some excellent chicken roasts. It was also Gaurav’s birthday, so there was everyone from the UK batch and some from the US at High Octane. Gaurav seemed quite merry as expected. I rode the scooter in the evening for the first time too. It was fun as always but takes a lot of observation, especially at busy cross roads where there are no ‘Give Way’ or ‘Stop’ signs. There are also all these unexpected bumps that are visibly hard to see at night.

Photo: A view of a road on campus that has flowers every 50 cm. This is how literally all the pavements are here. They are groomed manually with scissors by the gardeners here. That’s Jason there.

Respecting the high commissioner

Friday, September 7th, 2007


Today we went to meet the high commissioner of the Mysore police department to settle our registration in Mysore. We had to stand up when he came into the room. He didn’t speak much … except to say “No, sit” as he saw us standing when he came in.

In the evening we went into town and after shopping around a bit. Friends from the American batch recommended to us a few places to eat for dinner. We went to this really nice Chinese/Thai restaurant called Tao. Jason knew everything good to eat, and boy did we eat! It’s great to be able to eat such delicious food and lots of it without worrying about the price.

Photo: Jason looking a bit thirsty outside the Tao restaurant.

Chicken 65

Thursday, September 6th, 2007


Today we discovered differences in cultures such as those that have monochronic or polychronic people; low power distances or high power distances between people; and individualist or collectivist societies. For example, countries like Germany, UK, US are generally contain high number of individualists (people tend to do things on their own) as opposed to Japan or India where people are generally more collectivists (people tend to do things in groups). I hope it helps in the workplace in understanding why different people from different cultures act in certain ways.

In the evening we went to a local restaurant. The food was really good again! I discovered a new Indian menu item: Chicken 65! Jason hyped it up before it arrived on the table … and yes, it did live up to expectations … though quite hot, but enjoyable to eat. Apparently 65 chilies are used to prepare one kg of chicken! However, this might not always be the case. 

Photo: Another shot of the Infosys Leadership Institute. The previous photo didn’t include the trees.

Indoor greenery

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Indoor Greenery 

Today there was more induction training again and another good day overall.

During lunch we went to the food courts again and met more Indians. We met three women that went to IIT (this is India’s equivalent to the American Ivy league)! We asked kindly if it would be okay to join them of course … Jason and I were not sure how they would react, but they were very welcoming. They started a few days before us in a batch of 850 new freshers, one of Infy’s highest ever single intake apparently.

After work some of us played football except it was inside a track and field area which is still being built. It is just next to a futuristic ‘origami’ building and more like it … I keep pinching myself I’m in India here. The match was between ‘The West’ Vs ‘India’. The Indian Infoscions thrashed us Brits/Americans!

Later in the evening it was Peter’s birthday at the floating restaurant. There was a cake for him, a signed card by everyone and afterwards he got chucked into the outdoor swimming pool for kicks!

Photo: This was taken just outside the conference room our induction training has been taking place at. There are quite a few fountains and lots of greenery inside the Infosys Leadership Institute building. L->R: Kusum, Akhil, Jason, Rick, Ecta, Sanket, Sumit & Keval.

First day at work

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

First Day 

Well actually it was more of an induction day. We learnt about the company, had a team exercise (which included getting to know some Indian names by role playing family members – I was “Uncle Bottolanda” ), setting up bank accounts and last but by no means least we got to ask the CEO questions via a video conference!

For lunch Jason (a friend from Colorado) and I decided to eat what most Indians eat here instead of the really nice food at the “floating restaurant” (a restaurant that is on a moat) which costs four times the price of a meal at the food courts. We ate with our hands and sat next to some friendly Indians. It was nice meeting them and understanding what the South Indian food was, which tasted great, and learning where they are from in India. They are in production now and are working on a cheque processing system for a Canadian client.

Later we played badminton, table tennis and went bowling which cost 50p! There were high quality bowling lanes with couches, air conditioning (as are most buildings) and they played Ibiza music too. A friend, named Rizwan from the American batch, got lots of impressive strikes. The campus record here on the white board is 268 I think.

Oh, the UK batch here is great. Everyone comes across open mindedness, humorous and generally very friendly.

Photo: One of the team activities was to have one member of the role playing Indian family to be dressed up by only using newspapers, a stapler and sellotape. My team transformed me into a Roman soldier with sword, shield, a stylish skirt, toga, hat, a ring, necklace, shoulder pads all in 15 minutes. Thank you to Kusum for the picture!