Day 15 – In Chennai on a training

They say, “Think before you wish”
After a hectic training schedule in the previous week, we wished that the training this week be a bit relaxed. But if wishes come true, they come true in extremes. Out of 9 hours we spent in the training room, the effective training was only 2 hours. In the morning, we were asked to shift to another room for an hour so that another team can take some test. A series of time wastage incidents continued further. Sometimes, getting so much free time also creates lot of boredom.

Training skills
I have attended much training and have even taken a few trainings. Hence, I guess I have a slight amount of knowledge to be able to comment on this subject. Irrespective of the training subject, a trainer is never successful unless he/she is able to be friendly with the audience. This is one basic basic thing, which a trainer cannot ignore, even if he/she is extremely well qualified in the subject. Moreover, it is very important for a trainer to be natural and not show pseudo-professionalism. No, I am not criticizing any trainer or trainers, but am just collating my experiences so far.

Day 13 & 14 – At Chennai on a training

Lunch at Murugan Idli Shop

Like last Saturday, this time also we went to this place for lunch. Food was amazing, especially the idlis and sweet pongal.

Watched Socha na tha for 6th time

Watched this movie on my laptop on Saturday afternoon. Amazing movie by Imtiaz Ali, where Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia are both looking very innocent.

Besant Nagar beach

We planned to spend the evening at the Besant Nagar beach. However, due to our miscalculation of Sunset time and traffic, we reached when it was already dark. There were plenty of food stalls on the beach and the adjoining road, which reminded me of Juhu beach. We ate lot of junk stuff like mirchi bhajji, pizza, ice cream, etc.

(I am there in the 2nd pic 🙂  We are at a fast-food place called Vgan. Nice food here.)

The raw material for mirchi bhajji is stocked in a style…

This is not a search engine, but an ice-gola brand… and that too trademarked…

Lunch on Sunday

We had exactly the same lunch at Murugan Idli on Sunday as we had on Saturday. Yes, each and every item same, with filter coffee at the end..

Visit to Temple

We have this beautiful Jain temple (on G.N. Chetty Road) near our guest house. Visited this place in the evening – very nice place with grand marble structures.

Day 12 – At Chennai on a training

And it’s Friday

Friday always brings a lot of joy for everybody – because the next two days are free from any work, meetings, trainings, etc. You can get up late, watch as much TV as you want, surf internet, etc. So planning to relax a bit for the next two days.

Back to junk food – but only for a change

We went to Pizza Hut today for lunch, for a change. That is, after having sambar and chutneys for so many days.

There was this nice piece of art on a wall inside.

Day 11 – At Chennai on a training

Weather report

Weather in Chennai has become quite unpredictable. It was sunny and hot till the afternoon – but rained quite a bit in the evening.

Co-curricular activities during the training

Tried some photography skills during the training session. Below is one such snap of sunlight passing through water bottle.

Reflection for the day:

Do not see your achievements in the way other people perceive them. First think what you are landing yourself into.

Day 10 – At Chennai on a training

Some reflections first
With the advent of science, human beings are now able to counter mostly anything – but not uncertainty. The mystery of what’s going to happen next is really quite unnerving and unsettling. Whenever there are circumstances, where a lot of varied scenarios (both suitable and unsuitable) are possible for the future, one really gets perplexed about the days to come.

…and now some foodie time
I had wanted to go to Shri Krishna sweets for lunch for quite some time, which finally got accomplished today. The food options, especially different types of combos were really great. I tried out a combo, which included Kesari (a sweet dish) and Pongal. Entire meal was really awesome. The ambience was quite clean and the staff showed great hospitality.

Moreover, at the end of the meal, we came to know that the meal included a complimentary mini-filter-coffee also. And as you must have guessed, it was quite welcome.

We are definitely planning to visit this place again.

Day 9 – At Chennai on a training

Food reviews continue:

We were planning to go to Hot Chips today for lunch, but ended up in Marry Brown, as there were no seats available in Hot Chips.

The food here was ok, but there were very few options for vegetarians.  Moreover, the serving quantities and burger size were quite small. I would prefer McD or Subway to this.