Friday, December 16, 2005

e Conferencing in Hyderabad

Left Delhi for Agra (where the Taj Mahal is) and Hyderabad. Met some real cuties at the Agra station

Saw the Taj - one of the few travelling sites that actually choked me up a bit.

Made a bunch of friends when my train to Hyderabad was late

Saw crazy sights on the train (which was very comforatble, served great food and offered no end of good conversationalists).

And then I woke up in Hyderabad and found myself in a different world, far away from the reality outside.

I gave my paper and have been meeting some really great folks here.

who i'm sure i'll be seeing more of.

Today We took a trip out to Cybercity, a mega development sposored by the world's most rich and powerful computer corporations.

I was sickened to see the 'worker's quarters' behind the development.

It breaks my heart to see this boy (wearing no shoes and in pants that must be years old) smiling proudly in front of the looming corporate master behind - a master that knows full and well that what it takes from this boy's belly to line the waistlines and pockets of its shareholders.

On a brighter note, I saw some very traditional classical music and dance called Cootchi Pooti (my two friends and I were the only westerners in the audience and we were treated to the seats of honour - embarrassing really).

Today is the last day of the conference, then I'll have a whole 2 days till flying out - i think i'm going to the country for a bit of a look-see...


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