Monday and Tuesday
Hyderabad and Indian School of Business
Today was our first full day in Hyderabad at the Indian School of Business which is strictly an MBA college with "the best of the best".
We began the day with introductions to a few of the faculty, a campus tour and a welcome lunch. The campus is beautiful and when you are in the gate, it really does not feel like you are in India at all. The school is only about 10 years old so everything is up to date and basically brand new. They only accept about the top 1 percent of GMAT scores as well as a very well rounded person in general.
In the afternoon we had two academic sessions and a panel discussion about business in India in general as well as the impacts that ISB has upon the economy. They were very interesting but a bit long since we were all antsy to get out in the warm weather.
We finished the day right before dinner and we decided to not eat the free cafeteria lunch and to venture out into the city. We ended up taking two taxi's, managed having them get lost, take much longer than expected, but successfully ended up at the Hypercity Mall. It was a typical mall and just like everything in America so we did not stay long as we were also very hungry. We went to a very American-ized place called Xtreme Bar and Grill where we all happily ordered and ate american food as well as enjoying the rest of the night there making new friends.
Today-finally I am caught up to the actual day! It's very nice having free internet!
Today we had an AWESOME day and a completely contrasting view of India. We started by going to Google in the morning. Carlson definitely pulled many strings to have a full tour and a short info session. Google is an amazing company! They have just colors everywhere, a very laid back place to work, a work out room, yoga room, free food places on every floor, a full cafeteria, a music room, and a daycare center. It was absolutely a great place to work. So that was very fun.
We came back to ISB to have dinner at the cafeteria and prepare to departure for the afternoon. The next even was quite eye opening. We traveled an hour and a half to see a rural village. It was amazing to see how happy the people there are and how different they act compared to the city kids. What we saw there was a branch of HMRI (look it up ha!) where they bring their nurses to these rural villages once a month where people can put in their information into the hospital database as well as get a monthly check up, get pills, and gain better health. It was very very very eye opening and definitely something that you would think of when you hear the about the country "India".
Tonight we got back and were also craving american food. So we ordered 5 dominos pizza and were currently watching Hancock on Indian HBO.
What a life-what a day-what a trip!