Friday, September 21, 2007


SOA: Traveling to India

I may be visiting three cities in India in the January timeframe to speak on various aspects of SOA within a large enterprise. It looks like my agenda will be comprised of visiting Chennai, Bangalore and Pune. I would love the opportunity while there to meetup with a diverse set of bloggers to have a face to face conversation. While I am there, I would love to meet bloggers from diverse backgrounds that work for Indian outsourcing firms such as Wipro, Cognizant, Infosys, Satyam and TCS who are also christian, muslim, buddhist and jewish. Likewise, I would love to meet women who blog, those that are Dalits and even those of whose preferences do not align with my own. Nothing personal against those Brahmin class male Hindu's, but I probably won't have to make any effort to meet you folks.

Anyway, whenever I travel to another country I haven't previously been to, I tend to think of this as yet another opportunity for charity. If there are any projects in these countries that are sponsored by any of the large Indian corporations analogous to our Habitat for Humanity, where they are building homes for the poor, I would most certainly love to swing a hammer and do my small part. Likewise, I wouldn't also mind volunteering to work in a soup kitchen or two. Hopefully, I can find some India-based bloggers to keep me company.

My Nephew, who has recently entered the IT profession and is busy programming for a cool site that is in stealth mode may also be travelling with me. He has an interest in meeting single Indian women and hopes to find women who look like Rani Mukherjee, Isha Koppikar, Shamitha Shetty, Riya Sen or Priyanka Chopra. I think he will be out of luck, but will let others provide the opportunity to correct me. An Indian friend of mines once said that if you want to find beautiful Indian women, Bangalore and Chennai are the last places in India you want to go.

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