I am back @ Mangalore after a one day hectic trip to Mysore. Clearly, one single day was not at all sufficient. We started Sunday afternoon at around 2.30 PM. The roads were pretty decent. Infact, the road from Hassan to Mysore is currently being worked upon. For the first 1.5 hrs, the road from Hassan to Mysore is really excellent. Its like an express way. Just too good. After that, for around 20 kms, work is in progress, and the rest 30 kms or so, its still the old “hopeless” road.
We stopped by at a place called K R Nagar near mysore for dinner. We reached mysore at around 10.00 PM at night. At around 10.30 PM, we went out for a night campus tour. One of the key persons from the mysore facility, who is a good friend of my colleague took us around the campus. Showed us some unseen-‘behind the scene’ stuff. etc. Finally, came back slept at the in-campus guest house at 12.30 AM.
Monday was the day.! We started the campus tour at around 9 AM, and it went-on.. building after building, seeing what’s good and what’s not.. Basically dos and don’t kind of stuff. The mysore campus is really vast. Its around 315+ acres. Its kind of a mini city, with 4000+ people living within!.
For a normal employee, a S/W engineer, its just the workplace, the cubicles, the pantries, the conf rooms, meeting rooms and the rest rooms that come into mind. But thats not all. When you are running a mini-city, one needs to take care of hell lot of stuff. Basically, the backend of any campus. The behind the scene stuff. Generators, which generate enough power. UPS to support thousands of PC’s and Servers, Diesel storage for the generators, Server rooms, switch rooms, sewage treatment plant, water harvesting facility, recreation facility – and the backend of it, pumping stations, parking facilities, hostel facilities, saloon, shopping, food courts, Air conditioning…chillers.. and what not!…….. For many of us, lot of these things were totally new, which we had never thought about.
Now that we have seen all that’s there, and know the +ve and -ves of each of the facility, it would definitely help us when we come up with the new campus. We are looking at those small things which make a major difference! The normal things would anyway be there by default.
The mysore campus is really stunning and beautiful. I was kind of the official photographer, or atleast I looked like one (courtesy : my digital rebel and the big bag around my neck). So I managed to click quite a lot of snaps.
Check this plant that was planted by our prime-minister :
The next one was shot at the employee care center (recreation, shopping area, etc):
Finally, this flower shot was taken at the global education center, which is our corporate university and can train around 4500 trainees at a time.
We went around the campus till around 5 PM in the evening exploring almost each and every part of it. All of us were really exhausted, and we had to rush back home!. After seeing it all, we started back to Mangalore at around 5.15 PM in the evening. The trip back was again pretty good. No issues as such. We stopped for dinner at Sakaleshpur at around 9 PM, and reached Mangalore at around 12.30 AM!……
Then followed the sleep……..grr………
Tuesday 8.10 AM : Wife wakes me up………and me back to work!