Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Taj Mahal and more

I wrote this in India, but the hotel had Internet connectivity it is now...originally from August 5, 2012

Yesterday we were at the Taj Mahal, quite amazing. 
The wild 5.5 hour bus ride each way (Delhi to Agra and back) was also a memorable experience. 

Snake charmers, elephants in the river, rikshaw races and more!

Today, we visited a temple of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was a torchbearer of Indian culture and spirituality. The temple was astounding inside and out 

After lunch, we went to an outdoor bazaar and bought artifacts of Indian culture while testing our negotiations skills. I bought a leather work bag, and helped several friends buy some leather items. Small world: I met an MBA student going to Kellogg - and we exchanged emails. 

Only a sore throat and 5 or 6 mosquito bites in all, but wow they're itchy! Let’s hope these anti-malaria pills work...I suppose I should be grateful that I'm not running to the bathroom like some of the others in our group. 

10 days in India seems like a short trip to some, a long trip to others, but all in all, it’s just about right to visit enough companies, study their business models, make presentations, study, take a test, see several cultural and historical landmarks in three cities, and have a little time to experience the culture in person talking to students, professionals and Indian citizens. 

It was a great trip, and I feel much better prepared to work with Indian firms in the future, and look forward to that opportunity.


1 comment:

Tom LaFrate said...

Professor Bromley, Arturo and I spent the entire afternoon at the Bhagwan Swaminarayan temple. After completing the "Disneyesque" Imax/Diorama/Boat Ride, you learn that Sahajanand Swami (as he was also known) is considered much more than a torchbearer. He is regarded by millions as the embodiment of god on earth, not unlike Jesus. He performed miracles, ordained some 500 apostles, wrote a book of scripture and taught his philosophy throughout his adulthood. There are currently over 1,000 temples erected in his memory spanning five continents. He lived from April 3, 1791 to June 6, 1830.