D-Day, We are on Road...

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 03, 2012

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Flag of India  , Karnataka,
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Much anticipated day is here, probably this years vacation is the most hyped one till now. Everything seems to be be hyper planned I.e. Flights booked 6 months in advance, hotels booked 5 months in advance, bus booked 3 months in advance...and many more. Everything said and done, all three families are at airport as of now.

Day started early at 6:30 am, I had couple of business meetings in the morning, which got completed by 11 am and reached back home. Wife had already completed packing and three suitcases were waiting in the living room. Next 2 hours were spent in taking printouts, deleting the contents of the SD cards, copy music into the portable music player, charging the phones and camera batteries, organizing the backpacks followed by lunch and a quick nap.

By 4:30 pm, we exited the home, got into the Volvo bus to the airport. Having arrived at the air port,waited for the other family which had started from their home at 3:30 pm. by this time, received that SMS that the flight has been delayed by 70 minutes. Everyone went to the CCD and spent next 30 minutes chatting and drinking coffee over samosas, doughnuts and sandwiches.

checkin, security check etc were quick, security guys took out the spare battery cells and disposed them in dustbin. Visited the crossword bookstore and bought some books. now I have to complete the choice of reading three books over 12 days.

By 6:30 pm, settled down and started browsing using my recently bought apple iPAD and 21 Mbps 3G portable router. Technology has changed the way we access Internet. For the first time, I am not required boot a PC or notebook, just switch on the router and the IPAD connects via WIFI and voila, I am on Internet. My backpack weights some 4-5 kilograms less the backpack from my last vacation. currently we are two users connected to the router. When we tried to connect another smart phone, it was not getting connected. testing the router and collecting feedback is also one of the tasks for me during this holidays. Some business with pleasure, as always !!!

This also the first time I am blogging live as it happens. technology is changing behaviors of the users, Indeed !!!
My wife is amazed by this. I hope my gadgets continue to be with me in coming days...one never knows.

Bangalore International airport is buzzing with travelers, It badly needs, more lounges and the being built new terminal. Please bear with us for a better tomorrow seems to be the favorite message of the authorities.

21:30 hrs : Rajiv Gandhi International airport

Boarding started by 20:00 and flight took off by 20:30. This was my first journey by Indigo airline. I liked it. The attention to details is excellent, announcer also thanked boys and girls apart from ladies and gentlemen. I felt nice being considered a boy after many many years !!!!. The Inflight announcement was a detailed one and included display of inflight shopping guide and menu card. The catering service was swift and so was cleaning service. Soon the pilot announced landing and we landed at Hyderabad nat 20:25 am.

I soon switched on the router and got connected to the network and now updating the status.

just now the security guys asked for baggage identification and boarding card checking.The Boarding has also started, hope they will catch up with some time as the flight was delayed by over 80 minutes in Bangalore itself.

The Mumbai guys were also delayed by some 50 minutes and are currently on way to Jaipur. we hope to meet them by 00:00 hrs on 23rd Dec.

More, once I land in Jaipur...
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