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Dubai to Dar-es-Salaam - 25th April 2011

Indian time refused to part ways with the body clock.After readying material for the blog I ‘played’ around with the coffee maker for some time, even summoning additional sachets of coffee mix.I impatiently waited till it was respectable time for breakfast in the Hotel Coffee Shop.I was offered Dosa and Sambar, but opted for a masala omlette and accoutrements.A huge helping of fresh fruits briefly embellished my plate.Strong coffee with milk got me into the right frame of mind for the flight to Dar es Salaam. The Airline gave me a drop to the T3 terminal and I wandered aimlessly for a while in the Duty Free, at times comparing the liquor prices with that in Bangalore International Airport.The prices in Bangalore are definitely lower.In the Emirates airport lounge I downed an excellently made Bloody Mary and filled out a feedback form (on the experience yesterday) while awaiting announcement for the flight.The service on EK 725 to DAR was definitely better – the food and drinks I got wh…

Bangalore to Dubai - April 24th 2011

I am presently located in Toranagallu village, Bellary District in Karnataka.The once sleepy village has been transformed by the ‘House of Jindal’.JSW Steel is the largest steel producer in the country today. From a humble 1.6 million tonnes Hot Metal production in 2005, it has grown into a 10 million tonne Plant in 2011.Plans are already on the anvil to scale up the capacity to 16 million tonnes in 2 phases by 2014. The size and scale of the Plant can be appreciated by a fact that there are 145 kms of railway track within the Plant premises. The company has deployed 22 shunting engines of its own and will shortly be doubling their number. It is not untrue to state that many railways do not have as many shutting locomotives as JSW Steel has in Toranagallu! To be part of this historical expansion is exciting.One can also take pride in the yeoman service of the Company to society by way of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the spheres of community health, education, wom…

This time for Africa - 23rd April 2011

The railwayman is at it again. I am packing my bags for a short trip to Tanzania. I have never travelled to the African Continent before. This place, where human civilization is reputed to have begun, is still a ‘dark continent’ to many. I may be pardoned if I sound like David Livingstone, for I am all excited about the five day trip to the country of Julius Nyerere. Tanzania as we know today is an amalgam of the erstwhile States of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. While the former was a British colony the latter was under the control of the Germans till the First World War. Vasco Da Gama, during his exploration of the Orient, is said to have stumbled upon Zanzibar reputedly the center for spices, ivory and slave trades during that time. The reluctance of the Germans to let it go as a pocket of its influence after the World War is well documented.In 1961, Tanganyika won independence from the British under the leadership of Julius Nyerere. Some history books give more credit to the financial s…