Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Deepawali at Perot Systems India

Deepawali was celebrated with lot of zeal on our floor in Tower II of Perot Systems Noida office on 24th October 2008. The day started with getting flowers mainly rose and marigold were arranged. All associates were given a chance to give their imaginations a flight to come up with their own ideas of decoration. The various teams were formed which actively took endeavor of designing flowered floor arts(called Rangoli in Hindi) with creativity and enthusiasm.

We decided to dress up few of our assoicates as Lord Rama his brother Laxman, his wife Sita and his most favorite devotee Hanuman.This idea came out to be an instant hit.Everybody got real curious of taking their snaps and created an excitement amongst all of us.The slide-show narrates the whole story...





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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Paris Trip - Day Three(1st July,2007)

The third day in Paris and we set off for Notre Dam,a Roman Catholic cathedral and is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris.Notre Dam's construction began in 1163 during the reign of Louis VII & the foundation stone was laid by Pope Alexander III and this Gothic masterpiece got completed only in 1345.It was Sunday and when we reached here Sunday mass was in progress.The very striking thing over here I found was lack of cleanliness outside of the cathedral,may be because of lot of tourists mobbing in peak of tourist season.

We spent almost an hour in the cathedral.The next destination was Château de Versailles, or simply Versailles which is located 17.1 km west-southwest from the center of Paris.We took an RER from Saint Michel railway station.It took us around 45 minutes to reach Versailles(pronounced as versaii in French).When this palace was built Versailles was a small country village but now it is a suburb of Paris.

Versailles was the unofficial capital city of the kingdom of France from May 1682 (King Louis XIV moves the court and government permanently to Versailles) until September 1715 (death of Louis XIV and regency, with the regent Philippe d'Orléans returning to Paris), and then again from June 1722 (when Louis XV returned to Versailles permanently) to October 1789 (when Louis XVI was forced to move back to Paris by the people of Paris). During the entire period, Paris remained the official capital city of France, and the official royal palace was the Palace of the Louvre, but in practice government affairs were conducted from Versailles, and Versailles was regarded as the real capital city.(Source:wikipedia)




The gardens inside the palace, lakes, statues,there were so many things to explore.My wife and I enjoyed a great day at Versailles exploring all that it had to offer.One definitely needs a full day here to enjoy it to the fullest, and don't forget to pack a picnic lunch filled with your favorite drinks and eatables.

We finally left Versailles in the evening and after reaching Paris, we headed to Champs-Élysées and visited Arc De Tromphie.Champs-Élysées is the second most expensive street,from real estate perspective, in the world and said to be the most beautiful avenues in the world.One will find cinemas,cafés and luxury specialty shops of all leading international brands over here.

On the western side of Champs-Élysées lies Arc De Tromphie.The arch honours those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleon wars, and today also includes the tomb of unknown soldiers.

We ended our day with a lavish Indian dinner at Pooja, an Indian restaurant at Passage Brady.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Paris Trip - Day Two(30th June,2007)

The first day in Paris left us completely exhausted and we slept like log with an intention to get up late next day.So another brand new day in Paris and so many places yet to explore.The very first place we visited on day two was Basilica of the Sacré Cœur(Basilica of the Sacred Heart) on the Montmartre hill.It is situated in North of downtown Paris.This immense basilica was built by Paul Abadie in a Roman-Byzantyne style.It is worth the effort of taking stairs to reach at basilica which is quite different from rest of Paris monuments.
While going upstairs we encountered group of people who tried putting a multicolored thread on our wrists while narrating some story.This whole drama was only to demand money from unsuspecting tourists.We were virtually caught by these people but then we rudely ignored them.The best thing to do in such cases is just ignore them,do not look into their eyes and walk straight upwards.While going up the Basilica you pass through a street where a lot of wholesale clothing shops were found.I found whole of this street similar to Lajpat Nagar Market in New Delhi as loads of people were buying and selling cheap stuff with their bargaining skills put to their best.


In Sacré Cœur, time just flew away.The next destination was Palais Garnier which is also known as Opera.It was designed by Charles Garnier for Emperor Napoleon III which is the most important symbol of the 19th century Second Empire baroque style.The construction of the magnificent structure started in 1862 and got completed in 1875.The exterior of this structure was not as impressive as its interior.The interior seemed like "Indra Kee Sabha"(According to Hindu mythology the large gathering of Lord Indra,the king of clouds).The marble grand staircase and long grand foyer features a mosaic covered ceiling and a large number of chandeliers. Behind the Grand Foyer and below the green copper dome, there is lavishly decorated auditorium with red velvet, plaster cherubs and gold leaf.

The next place visited was Musée du Orsay,an ancient railway station turned into museum.It is situated along the Seine opposite the Louvre museum.As there was long queue of people to get inside and we did not have much of time so decided just to leave this place with some snaps clicked from outside.

The final stop of the day was Eiffel,the iconic structure of Paris.As per our plan we had to complete Tour de Eiffel by reaching at the top and wait till the lights go on in the evening to capture the beauty of Eiffel in night.The ascent started after waiting for more than an hour in queues at around 5p.m. and we were at the topmost floor in next 20-25 minutes.The view from third floor was breathtaking,an awesome experience.Paris is not a city of highrises, all you see from top are great and historical structures in different directions.All I can suggest to my readers is - go in the evening - near dusk. Take the first elevator to the second floor. Immediately get in the line for the elevator to the third floor. When you plan to come down,take elevator to Second level and from there you can walk down till the ground level.I can assure you that way you will have best experience of Eiffel tour and walking down will not kill you.The most beautiful view of Eiffel we got when night fell upon this monument and lights were put on at around 10p.m.They have two kinds of lighting to keep this whole structure lit-up,one the normal light which keeps the tower normally lit while second kind of lights gives Eiffel a sparkling effect.I could not make out why they kept those sparkling lights on for few minutes and not for the entire time.

At 11p.m. we took metro back to our hotel from Ecole Militaire station which is not far away from Eiffel.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Paris Trip - Day One(29th June,2007)

The recent four days trip to Paris was a memorable one.Paris was high on my holiday destinations' list in Europe and eventually I executed my travel plan with panache.It had left indelible mark on my mind for all good and mixed reasons.

Paris is one of the most wonderful cities in Europe with centuries old history and culture.It is the city where Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte ruled in different phases of times.It is situated in the North of France on river Seine.This magnificent city has a nickname 'The City of Light' (La Ville-lumière), a name it owes both to its fame as a centre of education and ideas and its early adoption of street-lighting.

We(me and my wife) took a bus of Eurolines from Frankfurt which left from Hauptbahnhof at 10 p.m. and reached its final stop in east of Paris next morning at around 7 a.m.The bus journey was not so bad but a bit tiring as you did not catch your sleep properly.Our hotel Etap,one of Accor group of hotels,was very close to the bus station so we dumped our luggage in hotel room and straightaway went to Gallieni,the eastern terminus of metro line 3.We bought three days, unlimited use, commuter pass, which is valid in metros,buses,trams and in RER for Zone 3.It is best way to feel the nerve of the city and gives you a lot of freedom to explore the city at your own pace and will.



On day one the very first place we visited was Eiffel tower for obvious reasons.Though the first encounter with Eiffel was not so exciting,and did not appeal to me from any angle.I wondered why so many people across the globe visit this one large electricity-transmission-pole lookalike structure.But then building such a structure way back in 1889-90 as a tribute to hundred years of French Revolution was a big feat and it remained the tallest structure of the world till 1930.Its lattice work of riveted steel beams is highly appreciated over the years.These thoughts had started giving me a reason to feel the grandeur of this structure and more time I spent there, an eerie fascination I had grown with Eiffel.The most striking thing which you find here is lot of fabulously dressed tourists from different parts of the world,some queuing up for going on top of Eiffel,some having romantic walks and some just chilling out in large green space of Champ de Mars.It seems one big gelling pot of different cultures and people from all walks of life. When I started from Frankfurt,it was predicted rains in Paris for next four days and I was a bit sceptical whether rain gods would play spoil sport during my entire stay but thankfully little showers neither in anyway hampered my travel plan nor dampened my enthusiasm to explore Paris to the hilt. We spent around an hour visiting Pont Alexandra III(popularly known as Alexandra Bridge),Palais-Royal and Invalides,which is popular army museum and houses Napoleon's tomb, by bus.We were very tired from overnight journey and decided to come back to hotel room for freshening up and catching some sleep and decided to explore planned areas for the day with fresh mood in the evening.

In the evening the very first place we visited was Museum Louvre,one of the largest museum in the world and is famous for housing painting of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.In just front of this museum you will find Jardin des Tuileries(Gardens of Tuileries) which was found crowded due to peak of tourist season.We spent the rest of the evening hip hopping in buses to get a feel of the Parisian life.Somehow I found Metros of Paris clumsier and dirtier than Frankfurt.Even catching one metro from a platform to another on the same station required a lot of walk and most of the stations are not supported with escalators and elevators.

Nevertheless,the spirit of the city just takes over you in a mystical way.The architectural grandeur,glamour,culture and rich history are reasons enough for enormous numbers of tourists flocking in throughout the year and with no exception we were also amongst them.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Frankfurt 'Parade der Kulturen 2007'

The annual Cultural Parade 2007 was organized yesterday in Frankfurt.The inhabitants of this beautiful cosmopolitan city, coming originally from more than hundred countries, participated in it.The parade representing cultural variety started at 12 o'clock from Untermainkai, passing through Willy Brandt Platz,Hauptwache, up to the Kaiserstrasse and taking a round trip and eventually ending at 3p.m. at Untermainkai.

The Frankfurt youth-circle called all groups of cultures,associations and citizens to take part in this parade. Here creativity was highly in demand, multicolored,traditional clothes and tastefully decorated cars and exciting group formations were the elements which constituted the parade course.Both international and native groups of cultures show how varied the spectrum of the cultures in this city is. In grand finale the groups of winners received special prizes and certifications.

It was great timeout from hum drum of life to witness such vivacious and high energy event.

Enjoy these snaps which depict varied culture and fabulous skyline of Frankfurt..

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Heidelberg:The Most Romantic City Of Germany

As enough of exploring and sightseeing of Frankfurt city had already been done, on weekend,June 3rd'07, I went to Heidelberg with my college friends.It was a great weekend spent in one of the most visited and romantic places of Germany(as per records in history of this city) with great touristic value.Heidelberg is situated south of Frankfurt/Main in Baden-Württemberg state.

The main attractions of the city are old city,churches and Heidelberg castle.In different phases of a bright sunny day one gets different moods and shades of this city from the top of the castle.The awesomely beautiful valley surrounding the Neckar river mesmerizes its visitors.

We reached Heidelberg in the afternoon at around 1:30 PM after one and half hours of journey from Frankfurt/Main. After getting down in Heidelberg, we roamed around the old city,Hauptstrasse,visiting famous Heiliggeistkirche,Rathaus,Church of the Jesuits and St.Peter's church.A brief history of Heiliggeistkirche (Holy Ghost Church) says that it was built from 1344 to 1441, its tower completed in 1544. It was the burial place of 55 Prince Electors and hosted the famous Bibliotheca Palatina until 1623.

After visiting main attractions of old city,we took 'Heidelberger Bergbahn' way up to the castle.This majestic red sandstone castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is situated 300 feet above the city. The construction was begun around 1300AD during regime of Prince Elector Ruprecht III (1398 - 1410) who had erect the first representative building as a regal residence in the inner courtyard and lasted over 400 years.One gets a beautiful aerial view of old city from the castle.

We stayed up there for around three and then walked down in the evening to the old-city.This time we visited the river banks,the old bridge.

Here goes the list of features of this most romantic places of Germany:

- Heidelberg was the center of the main phase of Romanticism in Germany and inspired generations of poets of romanticism.
- The city of the oldest university(
Heidelberg Universität) in Germany (established in 1386) looks back on over 800 years of history.
-Monuments like 'Church of The Holy Spirit'(Heiliggeistkirche),Heidelberg Schloss(Castle) which is surrounded by a park where the famous poet Johann von Goethe once walked.
-The Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway runs from Heidelberg's Kornmakt to the summit of the Königstuhl via the castle.
- A center of forward-looking science and research activities, is a quickly growing business location.
- A lively centre of the Rhine Neckar Triangle.
- A City of Science is one of Germany's most important centres of research and development. In addition to the University of Heidelberg, the German Cancer Research Center and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, five institutes of the Max Planck Society are based in Heidelberg. Worldwide enterprises such as ABB, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and IBM run outstanding research centres in Heidelberg.

Overall a fun filled trip which have left marks of Heidelberg's romanticism,glorious past and its beauty on our minds, forever.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Accommodation in Frankfurt

Being an expat and moving to Frankfurt for a longer duration(minimum more than six months),then finding an appropriate,reasonably priced,well appointed accommodation was a challenge for me.I just had one preference not a tiny hotel room but a hotel apartment with all basic provisions.I would like to thank one of my college friends, Mayank Agarwal to make my search easy.Mayank has been living and working in Frankfurt for almost two years now.He arranged a Hotel Apartment(a sort of serviced apartment) in Preungesheim,FFM. I have posted some snaps of this apartment in this post, which has area approximately 40 sq meter.



Note:FFM is abbreviated form of Frankfurt am Main

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