How to meet a person who is worth $ 1.3b?

With Sir Kishore Biyani

Exactly a year back, I was reading “It Happened in India” – a book about the story of Kishore Biyani and how he built his empire. I was flabbergasted by the way he built it one brick at a time. I like such persons who go beyond the odds and create something unimaginable in short amount of time. They are the ones who think possibilities and burn impossibleness to its ashes. Kishore Biyani who is now the King of Organised Retailing in India made every possible stride to understand the purchasing behaviours of frugal India. Then he built the entire concept around that, and I would say he is successful just because of that. Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar, Central mall, Pantaloons have this in common. While I was reading that book, I was thinking to myself that I must meet him one day! True to the words of Paulo Coelho,

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

I met him.

Oh coming to the topic, how did I meet him? The answer is simple. If you are lucky and sit in Mumbai International airport for hours, then chances are you can spot him and click a picture with him, just like how I did! As simple as that 😀 That is also a reason I like about airports. If you spend some time in the airports gazing at people around, you might be lucky to spot few people. That is how I met some cine-actors too. If you are super fortunate, you may spot extreme starts like Sachin Tendulkar sometimes.

However, few words about my experience meeting Mr. Biyani. I was super excited sitting in the airport (Even before I even thought I will get a chance to meet Biyani), because I was on a surprise visit to home and I was already imagining how my family members will react to me. While I was dreaming about that, I saw a man who was quickly rushing to catch some flight in a simple and elegant attire. “Oh wait! I know this guy! He is quite famous” was my reaction at once. He had already gone half way through the escalator. Then the bulb inside my head turned on! Kishore Biyani – That’s the man said my inner voice. At once I ran behind him pushing aside all others on the escalator. With heavy breathing, I put his hands over his shoulders and said “Kishore Ji, How are you”, as if he was my uncle 😛 . If you read “It happened in India, you will feel that finally 🙂 ” . He turned his head and smiled, and he was trying to recognise who I was. Then I told him, “Please don’t think hard, I am an ardent fan of yours and I was inspired reading “It happened in India”. Hearing that, he smiled and asked what I was doing. I told about myself and later he asked, “What is your dream ?” without any hesitation, I said, “I want to become like KB” (Kishore Biyani). He smiled more than he did before, and I asked him, “Can I take a picture with you Kishore Ji?”. “Of course of course”, he said. The person accompanying him was so generous to take a picture and thanks to him for the picture that you see above. Then he shook hands and wished me “All the best” and left. I was gleaming with joy and happiness!

Dream come true!

  • Met Kishore Biyani ✓

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10 things that a student studying abroad faces while returning back home!

  1. You feel like you are wrapped around with a hot cloth! 

Especially if your home is in tropical areas such as India and you study in cold countries like Sweden, you would feel this! For a week, I kept asking all the people in my family, “Don’t you feel quiet uncomfortable and hot?” and I get sarcastic “No”!

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2. You are most wanted in the Kitchen

Since you are well versed in cooking, be prepared to be called often to kitchen in help in cooking. Sometimes, you will be asked to cook something new for your family! And when you have some food-loving siblings, just like I do, yes, better manage your time 😛

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3. You are more prone to use tap water

In case if you happen to be in countries where you don’t have to treat the water before use, you might be in trouble when you are in countries like India and other Asian countries! I almost drunk the tap water in a couple of occasions!

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4. You will be taking extra care to save electricity 

When you have been in power-excess countries where people don’t care about saving electricity,  you must be attentive to switch off the appliances!

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5. You find lovely food all around and can’t wait to have a taste! 

When you are back home, you know where to get the best and tasty food. So while coming back, you will be having a check list to visit all the new places. Usually you come to know them from your Facebook friend’s check-ins! The first food I ate on landing India was a plate of hot Idly and Sambar 😛

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6. You start to mark you calendars more often 

Because of your extensive friends and relatives circle, you will often get many number of engagements – Your friends and family will be asking you over a date, and you will be welcomed to all your relatives home and so you will have to manage time!

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7. And so you have to repeat your one year of story often 

And so tell me, “How was your experience”, “How are things there?” “Have you got enough friends” “What do you do in free time?”, “How do you manage your food?”. So be prepared to answer these often and most importantly, with the same enthusiasm with everyone 🙂

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8. Be prepared to face the traffic congestion

Especially when you hail from a country who boast of one of the highest populations on earth, you better again have to learn to be with traffic congestions. If you had your time, then you might face something like these also,

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9. You are expected to bring candies lots of candies! 

Whenever you return from abroad, whether you are a student or not, you are expected to bring tonnes of chocolates, toffies and candies for your friends, relatives and others!

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10. You get frustrated with the speed of the Internet 

When you will be cruising internet at the fastest speeds, you will easily lose your temper at speeds which are just a fraction of those high speeds!

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Åland Islands – Checked ☑

I told my parents that I am on a weekend trip to åland islands (You pronounce it as Oland), my mom replied, Hey didn’t you just go to Netherlands? Sorry it is not Holland, its åland. This island lies exactly in between Sweden and Finland. Mariehamn is the capital of åland. The best part was we did not pay for the tickets. (No no, pls don’t think we just sneaked in 😛 ) Thanks to Pressbyrån who sponsored the trip through Viking Cruises. You don’t have to feel jealous that we got a free ticket. We ended up paying something at the end. Stay tuned to the story 😀 . We planned the trip for two days. As usual, we got a place to stay, again free of cost. Thanks to Couch surfing. Frans Johansson was our host. He writes many articles for the local daily. While we were sitting at his couch and chatting, we saw him in the news channel too as he also reports news. I was looking at the channel, of course with my jaw dropped! But he is such a humble person that he doesnt feel much proud about himself. Until we reached his home, we took some time to go around the city to have a feel of this charming place. We had gone crazy watching this video,

So we folded our sleeves and started to plan for a big photoshoot. We had high expectations of the city after watching this video. As soon as we stepped out of the cruise and into the city, we had that Meh feeling. Nothing in the video was matching what we saw. We explained this to Frans and later he took us out. In fact he planned to take us in his speed boat but unfortunately we did not have enough life jackets. So he drove us to an idyllic place. He says many guys often come there for booze! It also seemed to be a little adventurous. And there we had the best moments of the trip!

My name is Leif and Let me go!!!! It's time to sleep. 😴😴😴 #couchsurfing #cat #instacat

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The happiest times are those when you are solo 😂😁 #mariehamn #åland #photooftheday #photoshoot P.C: @prasanth.korada

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I was about to jump. But I remembered my mom's words. 😏 a missed chance. #åland #mariehamn #visitåland

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We also learnt from him that he had already been to India and especially Tamilnadu. What surprised me was he had an album of Danush – Kolaveri. He said that the song was so famous that it was played in so many places. Talking about the places that we visited, the first day was spent in the cargo ship – called Pommern. It seemed to be small from the outside but it was really big inside! It is essentially a cargo ship museum that contain many artefacts. Thi cargo ship was owned by Gustaf Erikson and was used to transport grains from Australia and all the way to England. We got to understand how difficult it was in those days for the people who work in those ships. https://instagram.com/p/5Wz8RfGkEH/?taken-by=sandheepkumarvb The next day was spent in maritime museum which displays the maritime history of mariehamn. The town itself grew because of it’s strategic location between Sweden and finland. As it was in between the trade route, the sailors halted here. So the industries related to shipping grew!

Now, coming to that story of how we paid! We are basically two smart people right? So we decided to make the ultimate use of the tickets for two days. On day one and two, we booked two tickets from Stockholm – Mariehamn. We boarded the cruise on day one and spent that night there. On day two noon we arrive at the port, about an hour in advance. We went to the counter to get the boarding passes. There was a beautiful lady smiling at us, as she got the ticket printout from our hands. In a matter of couple of minutes, her beautiful smile turned into an ugly pout. She responded, “Sir, please go to my colleague’s counter”. We immediately turned back and there was this guy who looked like Stone Cold in WWE. He seemed to have some cold looks too. Nevertheless, we went there just before a huge queue started behind us. Now this man gave us much worse pouts than the previous girl. (Just imagine Stone Cold giving that pout. It was exactly the same). I guess at the first place, he did not understand this “Jugaad” and so says, “Sir, you must have checked in today morning at Stockholm. Since you did not check-in, your ticket was cancelled. So you must pay for the ticket now”. A big lesson well learnt! and we said “Ok!” and happily swiped the card with Prasanth and myself exchanging big smiles. So here ends the story of åland and begins the voyage back to Stockholm 🙂

#finnish #flag #viking #cruise

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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was not only famous in India but he was a guiding light to the world also. His loss is a very big one. A small tribute from my part,

SUN HAS SET BUT IT WILL RISE

Out of nowhere, you came
To bring India, lots of fame.
Sun has set but it will rise.

When we see you, we scream your name!
But you made us dream in our game.
Sun has set but it will rise.

Though you had crossed a difficult path,
You had showed us our path!
Sun has set but it will rise.

You had no children for your own
But every child knows you as the next father of our nation
Sun has set but it will rise.

While we were lost in cricket 2020,
You reminded us about India 2020!
Sun has set but it will rise

I rejoice, rejoice and rejoice
For I have seen you, but
I mourn, mourn and mourn
For I will not be able to see you again
Sun has set but it will rise.

Although you are lying on fire,
You had set us on fire
And our wings also on fire!
Sun has set but it will rise.

Every rising sun has to set
But it will rise.
And so shall we!
Sun has set but it will rise.

We shall dream that dream
Which will not make us sleep!
Sun has set but IT WILL RISE.

Sandheep

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Touring Kattegat ~ Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Malmö and Lund – Checked ☑

Although, it has been more than a month after this tour, I really did find time just now to pen down this experience. Please don’t think I’m that busy as a beaver 😛 I was just hibernating. Okay okay fine! Alright, I just had a couple of weeks. So, I started to think about the places that I can visit. When it comes to Europe, there are quite a lot of confusions with respect to the group of countries that are being referred to. There is something called as Schengen area, Eurozone, EEA, European Union, Scandinavian countries, Nordic countries… Uff!!! People love complicating simple things. Having thought too much about this, I got extremely frustrated and I did Inky Pinky Ponky on the google maps! I suppose I didn’t hurt my computer screen 😀 and guess where I landed? It was gulf of Kattegat! Unfortunately that was a water area. But there were lands around it. It is in west coast of Sweden and east coast of Denmark. Yaaaay! So immediately booked my tickets to Denmark and I figured that I could also visit the nearby towns such as Gothenburg, Malmö and Lund! I still haven’t seen much of Sweden except for Stockholm and Kiruna. So the list goes like this – Gothenburg, Malmö and Copenhagen and Lund. Another reason why I loved this trip was this area was often spoken in Vikings!

The only thing I had been knowing about Denmark was Danish pastries until I stepped into the land of Danes! Surprisingly I had known from the tour guide that either the Danish pastries nor the great danes are not originally from Denmark! BAM! A big blow on my cheeks :D. Other interesting thing to note here is that Bluetooth is named after King Harald Bluetooth, a Danish king who united two tribes although though their languages were different. Ericsson was developing the technology and incidentally on of the team member got to read about King Bluetooth and so his name was given to this technology! Bluetooth symbol is also a combination of initials of Harald Bluetooth. A must say about the boat ride through the waters of copenhagen! Added to that was a brilliant sun shine. See for yourself in the video. I have captured some amazing clips 🙂

Rest of it, watch the video 😉

Gothenburg is the second biggest city in Sweden but it didn’t seem so for me. It was quite huge! Unlike Stockholm, my friends there told me there isn’t much to see and so they suggested me to visit an island called Styrsö Bratten. If you can’t understand how to pronounce it, just chuck it. It really does not matter. But what matters here is about the journey to the islands! Cruising over the North sea and the gulf of Kattegat hopping through the islands of the archipelago was incredible! The whole noon was well spent just roaming in the island. I seriously wish I had a summer retreat home there!

See for yourself about my experience there!

Next stop was Malmö. This particular part of trip would be a milestone in my memory because I completed my Advanced Communicator Bronze program in Toastmasters here in Malmö Toastmasters club. However more fantasy was added because of my couch surfing experience. Haven’t seen such a warm and welcoming host anywhere! Added to that, there was already a PG at his home who apparently was from Chennai and so we all bonded together. Having seen the white sandy beaches of porsche Lomma, had sometime to go around the city with my new chinese friend who also happened to be a couch surfer like me 😉 Next day was at Lund, a historic old town, oops a small town! It was so small but it was not compromising on elegance! It hosts one of the oldest universities in Sweden – Lund University. If you ever happen to be at Lund, do visit Kulturen – a

Photo and Video collage of Malmö and Lund,

In Conversation with Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, RBI

Dr. Raghuram Rajan is a very influential person in today’s Financial India. Perhaps I must say, the globe too because he warned in prior about the soon to happen fall of the markets in 2008-09. When all the others casually neglected his warning, it was only during the rough patch, everyone understood that, “Hmm, this guy has got something!”. Today, his voice is heard throughout the globe and his critical thoughts are widely appreciated and accepted. Having said that, other achievements of his can be known from your friend Google 🙂

Other things I could say about him are his down to earth personality and humbleness. Amidst other people especially in political circles who make more noises, Dr. Rajan who, I must say should have mastered the whole concept of economics, doesn’t seem to have settled. With a pleasant smile always, he makes people around also comfortable. I almost did not have a feeling of speaking to one of the top-notch delegates of the country, however to a person who felt like my close relative.

Watch the video, and let me know your thoughts as well in the comments 🙂

Stockholm Postmuseum – An Experience!

Only until recent days, an ultimate aim of a museum has been to impart a sense of knowledge and deep understanding into certain subjects and topics of interest. With the rise of technology, museums today are radically transforming the people’s experience and along with the above two, they also impart inspiration. One such example is Postmuseum situated in the old town, Gamlastan.

Post Museum, one of the oldest museums in Stockholm

Post Museum, one of the oldest museums in Stockholm

Postmuseum was established in 1906 in the same building which dates back to 17th century which also used to be the capital’s only post office until 1869. This makes the Post museum to be one of the oldest museums in Stockholm.

Two external factors inspired me to visit this museum. One was the delivery cycle and the other being Riktiga Vykort – an app. The Delivery cycle is a no ordinary cycle. It is so carefully designed that it eliminates the stress on the postman and the compartments in the bicycle are ergonomically arranged. The application is a smart move by the Postal department to boost the use of postal system. Users can use their own pictures in their smartphone and send it as a postcard to the people they wanted. The bottom line here is Innovations! I fell in love with the postal department of Sweden and I understood that they are quite different and dynamic. Myself being an enthusiast of Postal system, (I used to send home a postcard on several occasions including birthdays and whenever I am in a new city, I send home a post card from that place, thereby having a big collection of postcards), I decided to pay a visit to Post Museum to understand further.

Some interesting points to note:

Although the postal activities existed as early as in the beginning of 17th century, the foundations of were laid in 1636. Before the establishment, much of the work was undertaken through farmers. Horse drawn carriages were deployed and because of bad roads, it took a long time for the parcels to reach.
Surprisingly, it was quick in winters because of the frozen lakes and streams and so these horses can be manoeuvred in the shortcut routes. These are clearly demonstrated in the post museum through artefacts.

One motivating factor to establish the postal system was that during the Swedish war, when King Gustav II Adolf was shot dead, it took several weeks for the message to reach stockholm. So a royal charter was passed and the postal system was established.

The replica of the royal charter at the museum

With the improvement of technology and upliftment of society, the postal service was also improved with the usage of all means of transport – be it boats, trains, and now through air to the latest usage of electric vehicles, making the process as environmental friendly as possible. Posten has to its credit that it has the highest number of electrically operated vehicles in the world.

Apart from the main activities, Postal service in Sweden was the first to publish newspaper in the name of “Ordinaries Post Tijdender”.

The post office was built in such a way that it was a place to hangout and chat to exchange news and information. Usually the retired soldiers became post masters and it was their home which was usually a post office. The post master puts up the names of the people who have got a mail in the board outside his home. People used to flock there enthusiastically to share news and catch up with new buddies!

Posten, the then Swedish Postal Network again differentiated itself in 2011. It established the Climate Foundation and the money was used to implement the ideas of the Posten employees. Almost 100 million Swedish Kronas was generated in one such year.

During the times of Industrial era, where there were shortage of men, Sweden was a bit clever in utilising the resources of women, who were mostly free at their homes. They also were happy with less wages.

Likewise, the innovations that happen in Postal department in Sweden are countless. One such big project was called “Letters to myself”.

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In 1994, 20000 people were asked to write letters to themselves and the concept was that they shall get back in 20 years. “As said, they were exactly returned back to them in 2014 which created a lot of buzz”, says Lotte Edsbrandt, one of the directors of the museum as her face gleams with happiness and excitement. She also added that there were lot of emotional moments when some people wrote letters to their spouses and now they have been expired. Some of their letters are displayed in the exhibition and it was fun to read. You must visit it if you find time as these are soon gonna be removed!

Lotte gets excited as she explains me about some interesting cases of the Project,

Lotte gets excited as she explains me about some interesting cases of the Project, “Letters to me”

Another engaging section in the museum is “The Little post Office”, an exclusive section for the kids where they can drive a postal van, learn to sort the cards and deliver them at the right place and make their own post cards.

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If you think its the place only for kids, you might be wrong. There is another interesting section called “Hej”, where there are typewriters placed and you can type a letter and send to your loved ones! I typed a letter to my dad on his birthday and he was happy to read a typewrited one!

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Listen to what Lotte says to me about the Museum,

Special thanks to Lotte for letting us know more about the Museum in detail

Special thanks to Lotte for letting us know more about the Museum in detail

Midsummer – The gala festival of Sweden

You might have not seen a Midsummer celebration happening in Sweden but the chances are that you might have heard about this famous Swedish gala.

If any Swede is asked about the Midsummer celebration, the common answer that one could get is that, “Hmm, Yeah, We celebrate the festival by erecting a maypole, singing and dancing around with wineglasses in hand”. But, getting the facts straight, “Mid”summer gives the meaning. It marks the summer solstice when the people experience the longest day of the year. In fact some people say, the sun never sets. Although assuming the truth was a bit stretched here, for the past few days, we did see that the daylight was available for most of the time. A lot of green will be seen during the celebration because the vegetation shall be seen at their highest. Its also interesting to notice that exactly 6 months down the line, people shall be celebrating X-mas!

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Midsummer Maypole

It certainly is the day for children, as a lot of kiddos shall be seen looking so happy. A number of games are held to engage them. I too did participate in one such game, where I figured out that its a trick, but still children feel happy playing it. Fish a parcel, Nail it fast, Spin the wheel were some games being arranged in Vitabergsparken.

More people spreading the spirit of summer day! #midsummer #visitstockholm #visitsweden #sthlm #stockholm

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The traditional dresses are worth to make a mention. One such person, whom I met was with her daughter. She said me that, the dress what she wears belongs to her grandma’s and the dress what her daughter wore was worn by her when she was young! And she was proud to say that!

Flowers are also an integral part of the celebration. You can see a lot of people wearing flower head garlands. I too managed to borrow it from a benevolent soul! 😛

😎#midsummer #picoftheday #sthlm #visitstockholm #visitsweden

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Another interesting belief is that, as said by one of my friend, young girls keep the flowers beneath the sleeping pillow during the midsummer night and the tradition is that they shall dream about the man of their lives. It would be funny to see if they dream an animal, a cow or something! 😛

You can ask me that being Midsummer, why does it rain! Hell yeah, that bewilders me too! :O Check this video and see what people say to me during this midsummer.

Don’t forget to enjoy this crazy song in the video! It’s damn good.

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se. (The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.)
Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.(The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.)
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.(No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.)
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de. (No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.)

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa. (This is super fun!)

Live Blog on the talk of Shri Pranab Mukherjee in Sweden

On 2nd June the Honourable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Uppsala University gave a talk on “Tagore and Gandhi, do they have contemporary relevance for Global peace?”

Some of the to-be noted points from the Public lecture,

  • Two reasons why Shri Pranab Mukherjee had spoken on this subject : 1. In respect of, the erection of statue of Rabindranath Tagore in the Department of Foreign languages in Uppsala University, commemorating the centenary of the award of Noble Prize given to him. 2. In respect to Dag Hammarskjold, a well known and Prominent Swede, also the second secretary general of United Nations.
  • “Tagore was a renaissance man and such men are found rarely in history. In their personality, they capture not just the times they live in but also many complex questions that transcend geography and are pertinent for all countries and communities across the world. “
  • “If Tagore was the intellectual and spiritual torch bearer of global peace, it was the Mahatma or the great soul who showed the world that Satyagraha or Truth force and amiss or Non-violence can be marshalled to create a more just world.”
  • “The simultaneous presence of Poet Tagore and mahatma Gandhi is a unique blessing that modern India received and we believe that this good fortune places upon us a special responsibility to involve ourselves actively in the promotion of dialogue amongst different religions, faiths, cultures and civilisations. “
  • “I have no hesitation in stating that the ideas of truth, openness, dialogue and non-violence espoused by Tagore and Gandhiji provide the best way forward for a wold confronted with intolerance, bigotry and terrorism.
Credits : Indian Embassy of Sweden

Credits : Indian Embassy of Sweden

Bestemming Nederland  🚲🌷f

Aren’t you not eating well🍝?, “Why are you so lean☝️”?, “Put on some weight”!

These are some of the frequent and often questions/advice I get from many people. Sometimes, not to be surprised that I get mocked at too! 😝  Recently I got an interesting offer – To drive an advanced state-of-the-art  student developed car that runs on fuel cell in an international competition –  Shell Eco Marathon!  I suppose that I got a chance not because I’m a good driver but rather I can fit into the vehicle 😄. An apple pie on everyone’s face who asked me those questions!  In life, there comes many a time when we have to choose a decision between two important things! At the same time, I got an opportunity to anchor a very big Indian program – Namaste Stockholm in Kungstradgården which happens on the same date! Taking this opportunity would have been a golden chance to make a performance in front of thousands of people! Thinking that I might get a second bite at the cherry in this case and not otherwise, I took up the opportunity to race! An awe and excitement to drive the future of automotive in an international race😍! But the added benefit of having taken this opportunity is that – I TRAVEL NETHERLANDS! Voila! That’s what this post is about. I was curious because of three reasons – Tulips🌷, Bicycles 🚲and Windmills💨!  But as always in any other tour of mine, there was an obstacle! I had three presentations back to back in two days – 19th and 20th. The team had already left on 19th! Then because I persisted that I won’t miss presentations, the race team supervisor booked me a flight ☺️✈️. Even then the constraint was that I had to rush to airport after the presentation in the noon. My professor here was so helpful and supportive that he gave us special  consideration by allowing us to present first! Immediately after the presentations, I had to hurry and the only choice was Arlanda express! Their tag line says ARN Sthlm Central in 20 minutes!  It was an SAS flight, which is neat and decent as always! This time, the pleasure of the trip was seeing Netherlands from the sky! Beautiful architectures, flat landscape and lots of green and inland waterways.  The race happened in Ahoy, Rotterdam, a very big fare complex. I directly joined some of the team mates in hotel, Hotel Hampshire savoy,whereas some were still working in paddock, as there were some problems which were still yet to be fixed! ! Being the driver, I had to wake up early for a meeting and so I went back to bed early. (By 12AM)😝.

An NFC tag for checks

Having gobbled up the food early morning, we all arrived and unfortunately, the team was working on the car for the whole day! But there were some perks for me! Of course, clicking pictures going around all the participants’ paddocks. Interesting to see different designs and technologies being used by many teams. Some brought small milling machines while some, 3D printers!

3D Printer

They made parts on the spot and used them in the cars!  While most of them were from universities, it was interesting to see some were school students who were studying in 8-10 grades! But all the teams aimed at efficiency, greener and cleaner transportation! During the noon, we had photograph sessions,

With the team

That was really a fancy suit!

Before the cars go on track, they must pass technical inspection. We hoped that we would do it by the evening, but  we couldn’t! Finally, back to hotel by 10PM, and straight on the bed! 😴 There were high hopes on the next day as all the 10 inspections were yet to be done. The team was wrapping up their sleeves and geared up the process. While I spent most of the time learning swedish with my new friend, Elin Skoog here.

Me, Roshan and Elin

By 3PM, we were already in the TI centre and finished the entire inspection by 6.

happy faces after technical inspection!

By 8PM, we started back to hotel. Since we had some time, we went around the city a bit and for the first time I had Wok, of course Veg 😝! With high hopes again, back to bed!  The next day morning, the team fixed the issue and made it run, while I had the pleasure of driving the car for a short run! As the luck had it, there were some issues again! Two times we went to the tracks but  unfortunately the car didn’t move😞😣. Amidst this, I was happy to meet an year long friend of mine from netherlands, Teun Jelle Lasche who helped me in getting many information about the universities in Netherlands an year back. It was an interesting experience to meetup with someone with whom I had been communicating over facebook!

P.C: Teun

After some more tuning, team made it work but as it was too late we left the place! We were left with just one day. The last day was rather a quick one! We lost the third chance as there was some hydrogen leak detected! Finally we made it in the last and final attempt. I was asked to throttle very slowly and steadily! The car started to move at a snail’s speed and in a matter of seconds, wohoooo!!! The car gained momentum…It was pure bliss to drive a car completely made by students, especially that runs on future technology! Unfortunately, the car busted at the end of second lap, and we were back to paddocks with drooping heads but little satisfaction that something was achieved!

Finally, although I had high hopes of seeing tulips, windmills and cycling, I was happy that I had seen enough enthusiasm and dynamism from thousands of students all across Europe!