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Some great ads by Vodafone

Some of the recent ads by Vodafone India have been really great. They’ve carried on the great stuff that Hutch used to do with their ads and with the most recent one brought the Hutch “puppy” – really cute.

Here’s two of my favourite:

Vodafone – “Happy to help”

Now I just hope they really improve their customer service! Its pretty crappy here in Hyderabad.

Vodafone – “Elevator”

The new Hyderabad Airport

The new Hyderabad Airport at Shamshabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport) is all set to open on March 16. Apollo is setting up a Medical Center at the airport to cater to the medical needs there. Recently there was a disaster drill (which unfortunately had to be aborted) and a visit by Apollo’s senior doctors and management. I’ve got some nice pics of both the visits on my flickr page. Check them out here:

Airport Disaster Drill
Visit to the New Hyderabad International Airport

The new airport is one huge thing and unlike anything you would have ever seen in India. The current structure is supposed to be designed to handle 12 million passengers a year (current Hyderabad traffic is around 7 million passengers). When the whole airport is completely built it would be able to handle 40 million passengers a year, but that’s still quite a few years away. They’ve built loads of check in counters and huge baggage claim areas, so I guess long queues should be a thing of the past.

The only problem is the distance of the airport from the city. Currently it’ll take about 1 to 1.5 hours from Banjara Hills to reach the airport. The expressway is going to take ages to be ready. So if you’re planning day-trips to Hyderabad, think twice!!

Update: Right after the inauguration they announced that the new Airport’s launch will be delayed. It seems that the airlines are not ready to tie up with the new ground handling agencies since they are charging a bomb! Well whatever the reason, atleast I’m happy that Begumpet airport is open for a little while longer 🙂

Some photos:

Apollo’s Airport Medical Team:
Apollo's Airport Medical Team

The airport:
Hyderabad International Airport

The departure area:
The departure area

ISB ranks 20th in FT

I’m sure you’ve heard this a dozen times by now… but I couldn’t resist sharing it again!

The Financial Times has ranked ISB 20th in their global MBA rankings.

Not bad for a young school and its the only one from India….

In true ISB tradition there’s some cool parties planned for the weekend! Looking forward to that.

Solstice 2007 – updates & pics

Over the last 6 months I’ve been back to the ISB campus on many occasions. However, Solstice was a completely different experience, especially since we could see some familiar faces around!

All our gang was back and we spent 3 great days together. Friends, parties, booze, Indian Ocean live, paintball and, of course, gyaan sessions (with anyone who’s company name had the word “consulting” the most sought after!) It was amazing stuff. And since a picture says more than a thousand words, here’s some snaps from Solstice…

Solstice 2007, Indian School of Business by Rahul Khandelwal

Paintball, Solstice 2007, Indian School of Business by Rahul Khandelwal

Bind Unwind, Solstice 2007, Indian School of Business by Rahul Khandelwal

Indian Ocean, Solstice 2007, Indian School of Business by Rahul Khandelwal

Party!, Solstice 2007, Indian School of Business by Rahul Khandelwal

Sunset, Solstice 2007

All my Solstice pictures here.

Solstice 2007!

Its time for another Solstice at ISB. I still can’t believe that its been 6 months since we got done with ISB and started our jobs….

I’m pretty excited about being back to campus with all my friends around! 3 days of fun!!!!!!!!

Look out for a ton of photos next week 🙂

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