Planning a holiday!


I had always been the kid who was extremely lazy to do anything. But when it came to travelling, I would be the first one to get ready and pack my essentials. Travelling excites me. Come March, my family and I start jolting down different places and check the feasibility of visiting it, keeping in mind factors like weather, places, cost and so on. And then, we would have a week or two of short listing that to one. This was always the most difficult part. We would google away experiences, ask people we know, check the places of interest and we finally come up with the name of one place. This year, it came down to Hong Kong.

The next task in hand is to google the different travel agencies and find the package that is most suitable. Now a days most of them offer customized packages, but some how I find their standard ones the best, because they know where best to take their customers.

So we choose the 5 nights, 6 days package with 3 days in Hong Kong and 2 days in Macau – which is an island nearby, and is known as the Vegas of Asia (famous for it’s casino’s.) Since gambling is prohibited at HK, Macau attracts a lot of people from inside and outside the country. We had options of the air+land or just the land package (you’ll have to book your air tickets yourself), but we choose the air+land, as the prices didn’t seem to vary much, from what it would’ve been, had we booked. The package took care of everything – our flight tickets, hotels, entry tickets to places of visit and pickup-drop. It was extremely comforting.

So having all this ready by April, we planned the trip from the 13th of May. Again, being a travel-crazy person, I jolted down separate lists with the things to carry, things to buy (there), apps to download (for easy navigation there) and did some of my own research about the places.

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At the airport! 😀

So there we were all set to fly. How was it there? Was it as seamless as it seemed in the package? Or did we have glitches. Well, wait for the next part of this series (Well, told ya, I am lazy!) Mean while, check some of my clicks in my insta page.

Oh, and do you guys have any suggestions for the next trip? Maybe 2017 could have one more international fly! 😀

Till the next one,
~The Crank ^_^

New year resolutions – DOA?


A month back, we celebrated the new year with a lot of pomp. Though, we all say, that resolutions do not really happen, don’t we secretly wish for something? Mine revolved around turning to healthy eating habits and organic food, instead of junk. But healthy food cannot mean bland food. (Fine with me? No ways.) So, featuring a set of brands that have launched healthy tasty snacks, as alternatives for the junk. They strike the chord between nutrition and taste. This is the first of a set of posts.

Ambroto

They are a brand aimed at combining the concepts of a balanced diet and great taste. Theey have a variety of snacks – including chips, nuts, cookies, dry fruits and so on. They have recently launched a “Detox Oats” which is nothing but oats+ dry fruits+ berries. They taste amazing, and will definitely suffice as a meal/snack. All you have to do, is add milk or water ( my case milk and sugar 😛 ) and enjoy your meal. This has a tri-motto of burning fat, purification and regaining strength. The snack tasted yum, and is nothing like bland oats. It also looks so good, that it attracted both my grandmother as well as my nephew! My nephew eating this since it looked “colourful” made the job so easy for my sister 😉 You can check out this product and buy it here.

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The packaging

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My kind of snack!

Stay tuned for the other posts of this series.

Till the next one
~The Crank

The Internship (My Version)


I got out of the AC coach with my trolley baggage. I saw people rushing out the train, some waiting for their beloved to receive them, the vendors yelling out the names of the edibles that they were selling, small babies crying and porters struggling their way through the crowd. Amongst all the chaos, a yellow board stood with “BENGALURU” written in bold letters. The pleasant weather gave me the assurance that I could survive here, in peace and beat the Chennai-heat. Yay, I had finally arrived at the Bengaluru Railway station, from Chennai for my two month internship. Engineering is considered one of the most prestigious courses to be taken up by students in India. To flaunt your degree without an internship experience makes it incomplete, for, the very exposure into the professional world when you are still a student is amazing. Getting an on-campus internship offer was ‘a dream come true’ for me, and it took me a few days to sink into the feel that I had got an internship in an extremely reputed organisation. I immediately caught a cab and told to driver the name of the five-star hotel where the interns were given accommodation for a week. Well, being away from parents, was fun, and spending it in a five-star? I was at the horizon of my excitement. The stay helped me self-realize that I could be independent and that I was not a pampered spoilt-brat, for I knew how to handle money-matters. The orientation program on the first day, introduced me to a lot of amazing people whom I held as role-models for the rest of my time there. The organisation had people from different walks of life, and a lot of interesting talks with employees and other interns, happened over the coffee. Being a student is a synonym for being care-free. The two month internship period, helped me gain skills for the brain and confidence for the heart. I had a half an hour cab travel everyday which helped me note interesting places to visit over the weekend with my friends and cousins. My weekdays began at around 8, when I would finally decide to leave my bed. Within an hour, I would be all dressed up and ready for the cab, which would pick me up at 9:30 am. The cab drivers were friendly and took us on time in spite of the traffic hub that Banglore was. Work began by 10:30 when I would arrive at my desk all perked up for a great day ahead with coffee in my favorite mug. The work environment was very pleasant, making it a fun place to accept challenges and work efficiently towards them. My mentor was extremely patient in explaining the project details to me and didn’t mind me asking him the silliest of questions. He would let go of the small mistakes that I would commit, for he wanted me to concentrate on the ‘Big Picture’ rather than the mistakes that were part of the learning experience. The satisfaction when I completed a task successfully was ineffable. I was also introduced to professional communication skills and leadership skills. Being a part of a team that worked very closely I learnt to be a efficient team-player. One of the best moments at the end of the first month was to get the message that my ‘salary’ was credited in my account. I spent that weekend in pride, purchasing a saree for my mom, a shirt for my dad and sneakers for my sister. The next month was as great as the first and I was now getting better at it. The weekly status updates, conference calls and video calls gave me the real insight into how well I was performing. I also had one-to-one catch up’s with my mentor where he would give me suggestions on the project work and feedback on my performance. This helped me become better with every passing week and it eventually helped me ace the final project presentation which I had to deliver. Team catch up’s over lunch or team dinner sessions were very effective in bridging the gap between the employees and the interns. In the 8 weeks, almost never did I feel inferior, in front of employees with many years of experience. The firm encouraged all of us to be ‘ourselves’ throughout. The work culture was very diverse, making it possible for us to interact with people from all walks of life. We also had a day allotted for community service which gave us the satisfaction of being a part of the community which helped the others who yearned for it. We were a team of around 30 and we went to a school where we could interact with the kids and help them plant vegetables. The kids showed over-whelming enthusiasm and proved it once again to us, that it was our love and time that they asked for. We spent the day singing and dancing with the students and had lunch with them at their school garden.  The team bid adieu to the interns with a mouth-watering black forest cake and inspiring words. My last weekend there was spent roaming around the different places, doing street shopping, which the girl in me loved.  I bid goodbye to Bengaluru sitting in my seat 10,000 km above the ground level, looking at the Bird’s eye of the city, a part of it covered by the flight’s wing. After all this, getting an offer in the firm was a double treat for me. Concluding in one line, my internship has made me a “Jack of all trades”, which is what today’s competent world expects from the youth.

-Signed
The Crank