Friday, December 31, 2010

Team outing @ AMI India

We had a team outing from our office on 29-Dec-2010. Once in each quarter of a year, we can have a team outing. And this quarter we had only couple of days to end. So we decided to have the team outing by 29-Dec-2010.

Going for a movie after having lunch is our usual for team outings. Most of us were not interested in doing so. In particular, I hate movie halls for team outing.

I wish team outings should increase/better the bonding between peoples in a team. Team outing should act as a catalyst to increase the team's performance. The performance of a team lies on team work. Team work is the secret for success. In my opinion, team outings shall comprise of games that needs team work so that people learn to work together by playing together.

Even though we are aware of the above said importance of team outing, for some reasons we followed our usual agenda.

We decided for a lunch and the movie 'Tron:legacy'. We booked our tickets for the movie at Express Avenue (Chennai) for the 16:15 Hrs show. We were at Express Avenue around 15:00 Hrs. Since we couldn't find a good restaurant over there, we finished our lunch at KFC. And we were at the movie hall with 3D glasses around 16:15 Hrs on time. By 18:30 Hrs, we were returning home successfully finishing our team outing.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A day visit to Srikalahasthi from Chennai

After some surfing on internet and discussions within my friends circle, I decided to take on the route to Srikalahasthi via Tada. Note, there are other couple of ways to Srikalahasthi from Chennai. I opted the route via Tada for the distance is less and also till Tada we can enjoy the four-lane road.

We (5 members) started from Shollinganallur, Chennai-119 around 7:00 Hrs IST 24-Dec-2010 on our new ford figo. We reached Srikalahasthi around 10:30 Hrs IST. In-between we had a break of around 40 Mins for our break-fast. Since the route is new to us, we thought it would be very hard locating hotels. So we carried the breakfast made home from Chennai.

We were there inside the temple for around three hours. We did the Rahu And Ketu pooja during the Rahu Kalam (which is considered auspicious). For doing this pooja, we took a ticket for Rs. 1000 at the entrance of the temple. On purchasing the ticket, we were given the bags with materials to perform pooja. For Rs.1000, at max two persons can do a pooja. At the end of the pooja, we were asked to pay Rs. 101 as dakshana.

It is around 13:30 Hrs, when we came out of the temple. And it is time for the lunch. We had lunch in a hotel opposite to the temple (i hope the hotel named saravana bhavan). We had meals and that is quite good.

We started our return journey by 14:30 Hrs. The same route via Tada. We reached Shollinganallur, Chennai-119 by 18:00 Hrs.

Distance metrics

The distance metrics mentioned below are based on my car's (ford figo) odometer.
  • Chennai (Koyembedu) to Srikalahasthi via Tada = 116 Kms
    1. Chennai (Koyembedu) to Tada = 68 Kms
    2. Tada to Srikalahasthi       = 48 Kms
Note: As we started from Shollinganallur (Chennai-119), we had to include the distance of 28 Kms between Shollinganallur and Koyembedu.

Direction to Srikalahasthi from Chennai (Koyembedu)
  • From Chennai (Koyembedu) get on the Jawaharlal Nehru road. Travel towards north, crossing the Poonamalle High road. 
  • After a 10 Km drive from Koyembedu on the Jawaharlal Nehru road, turn left to get on the NH5 road. This is the road that will take you to Tada. This is a four-lane road. You will find a toll-gate after a 10 Km drive from the point where you get on NH5 road.
  • After a 48 Km drive from the toll-gate, you will enter Tada from where you need to take a left turn to Srikalahasthi. 
  • After a 48 Km drive from Tada, you will enter Srikalahasthi

Note: The distance in Kms I have mentioned are based on the odometer of my car (ford figo). Actual figure may vary.

Points to take care on road
  • Beware of the lorry traffic on the Chennai-to-Tada four-lane road. You may often encounter lorries coming opposite on your lane.
  • Beware of the speed breakers on the Tada-to-Srikalahasthi road. Though the road is good, the speed breakers on this road are sure to pamper your car if not proper care is taken. I used ford figo. And I was very serious on caring the speed breakers. Inspite of that, my car got the beat on couple of spead breakers. The following pictures would give a better view: 

  • Toll for the NH5 road to Tada. There is a toll-gate at 20 Kms from Koyembedu on the way to Tada. My ford figo is charged with Rs 32 for a single journey. 
  • Toll for the road to the entrance of Srikalahasthi temple. My ford figo is charged with Rs 40 for the same.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Numerology over ethics

Would anyone dare to showcase his social irresponsibleness on road? Here is one!

I am sure, the owner of the car know the mix-up, the number plate of his car would cause.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Master health check-up

Last week on 04-Dec-2010, I took my parents to Apollo hospitals on Greams road, Chennai for Master health check-up. It's around 4 years since I took my father to Apollo hospitals, Madurai for Master health check-up.

After surfing enough on the net regarding the health check-up packages, I got the link to Apollo hospitals, Chennai. The site details on the various health check-up packages. I opted for the Master health check-up package for my parents. I called the Apollo hospitals over the mobile for booking only to find that no booking is required. We were asked to report at the hospitals by 6:45 Hrs to 7:00 Hrs IST on empty stomach.

We were there at Apollo hospitals at 6:50 Hrs IST. As required, we were there with empty stomach. Even no coffee or tea. The health check-ups are done at the Sindoori block of Apollo hospitals. After the initial formalities such as registration and payment of fees, the check-up started-off. I payed Rs 7700 as fee for my parents. I.e. Rs 3850 for an individual. During the registration, I was said that the report would be ready only by the day after tomorrow. Since my parents were to board the train the next day, I asked them to provide the reports by the next day.

The tests got over by 12:00 Hrs IST. After all the tests, as part of the package, my parents were offered complementary lunch. That day just the data on our body was collected. The data are processed for information and provided as report the next day.

My observation on the days at Apollo hospitals for master health check-up of my parents:

1. I could hardly see the hospitality with the nurses. May be they got bored of that over the period.

2. Initially I was asked to collect the reports after a day. I.e. We did the check-up by Saturday. They asked us to collect the reports and consult the doctor by Monday. As my parents were to board the train by Sunday evening, I asked them to prepone the consultation date by Sunday. But the staff over there said that the presence of my parents is not required as I can collect the reports and consult the doctor for my parents on Monday.

How could I have the consultation instead of parents? Who would be better at presenting what one feels about his body? The patient or the one who accompanies him. If I were to do the consultation, I have to just listen what the doctor says based on the reports. I.e. One-way communication. But if my parents are there in my place, there would be two-way communication which would be better.

I disliked this aspect of Apollo hospitals. But however I got preponed the consultation date to Sunday.

3. I could see many elderly people struggling on locating the counters they were asked to report. The staffs guidance for the same is very poor. Mostly they give some hand signals or some words with very little care.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

TIG - A tool that makes you humble

TIG is a tool that would help you in being humble. For one, his behaviour is the reflection of his ego.

Ego develops into one, as the thought of superiority grows inside him. When superiority grows inside one? Superiority grows, as one starts to think that whatever he achieves is only because of him. I.e. He own the sole credits for what he achieved/earned. And there-by not acknowledging the factors that influenced his success. Such a behavior would certainly raise the superiority in him.

Superiority heightens the ego. I.e. Superiority is directly proportional to ego. And since ego is indirectly proportional to humbleness, it makes an individual arrogant.

So for one, who is arrogant as such, to be humble, can use the tool TIG. TIG expands to Trust In God. This tool educates that there is an external power/force which is the most superior of all. This education would reduce the thought of superiority (and hence ego) in oneself, which in-turn make him humble.