Friday, October 21, 2005

Check-Out The "New" Mumbai Airport

How much earlier do you need to reach the Airport so that you can Check-in for your flight? Of course I know that there is Tele-checkin facility. But one has to finally check one-self in physically! And try doing that at Mumbai Airport during the morning time.

I telecheckedin a day before (some luxuries of loyalty program!). I reached the airport at 5:30am for 6.45am Mumbai Chennai flight. I waited for 10 minutes at the baggage screening counter, 15 minutes at the Check-in counter, proceeded for security check and spent 50 minutes waiting for security check and finally boarded the plane at 7.45am! I was early because rest of them took about 15 more minutes to get to the plane! And this is the new terminal at the Mumbai "International" Airport.

For more than 30 check-in counters they have 4 security check counters and 7 Boarding gates leading to one Bus pickup platform! (Thats right there are no aerobridges!!!) Now anyone will tell you that these proportions seem to be TOTALLY wrong! They did not read "The Goal!". What a shame that all this investments have yielded almost nothing!!!

So much for infrastructure!! And to think of it Mr. Prime Minister wants to make a Shanghai out of Mumbai!!!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Music to My Ears

I have always been a fan of Old Hindi Music. Except for Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow and some pop numbers my love of English songs is quite limited. Few days back, I discovered Frank Sinatra and Elvis (Can you believe I never heard them before except some remixes!)

I have found Sinatra and Elvis quite unbelievable. The songs are really good and best of all I can understand the lyrics when they sing!!! Now that reminds me, I have to go out to buy another Frank Sinatra CD! See you soon...

Saturday, October 15, 2005

A long absence

Well,

I am back after juggling a job and a long distance courtship (which happily ended in marriage) I now have the "proverbial" breathing space. So many days have passed that I realise my ICE post is no longer relevant (God that industry moves fast!!) So I am chucking it and moving on to here.

currently I am tracking the blogs on IIPM after what I read about Gaurav's post. Will be back with some more ideas. So see you soon...