My First Trip to India
In 2003 I went the first time for RIETER to India. Before Christoph Schönbächler
was in charge. Shandeep was then in charge of the sales of New Products in India and was guiding me on this trip. His Moto:
If you can't Convince them, Confuse them!
He was very successful with this approach since customers did not wanted to argue theories they don't understand! He himself was fully convinced about his adventurous mental constructs and wins! I learned a lot from this
"bullshit" and many times it helped me to close a deal!
I arrived in Mumbai where I staid at "Sun and Sand"
a Hotel at the Juhu Beach. As it turned out, Shandeep was very intereste in the sights of his homeland but also annoyed about the neglect these where treated by to public and the politicians.
Anyway our first "sightseeing detour" was to Elephanta
, a Island near Mumbai. We took the boat from the Gateway of India, near the TajMahal Hotel and crossed over choppy water to reach the place.
A funny train brings you to the entrance and than a long steep stair to the caves. You can get carried on the back of a porter up the stairs. Considering my weight I did not border them!
From Mumbai we proceeded to Gokak Mill
, an old Textile Mill looking like an old fort. The mill is situated "near" Belgaum and connected by a very bumpy road.
Actually Gokkak became one of my favourite places. I liked the Waterfall and the old suspension bridge where crossing of 2 people is tricky for a 120kg man!
Sanchi Buddhist Monuments
The Great Stupa in Sanchi
From Gokak we made a "short" detour to Sanchi
to visit the Buddhist Monuments (Stupas), a World Heritage Site.
The drive was long and each time I asked how long, Shandeep shouted only 5 minutes each 30 minutes I asked the same with the same answer from him! It was a hot day and
as always on these sites their is not much of an infrastructure. So we wandered thirsty through the extensive site but sure we did something for our education!
BOHPAL (Union Carbide catastrophe)
, another Textile Industry Center in state of Maharashtra we travelled to Bohpal
"Die Katastrophe von Bhopal, auch Bhopalunglück, ereignete sich am 3. Dezember 1984 im indischen Bhopal, der Hauptstadt des Bundesstaats Madhya Pradesh. In einem Werk des indischen börsennotierten Unternehmens
Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL, 1984 zu 51 % in Besitz des US-Chemiekonzerns Union Carbide Corporation UCC; die restlichen Aktien befanden sich im Besitz des indischen Staates, indischer Finanzinstitute
und privater Investoren in Indien) traten aufgrund menschlicher Fehler und auf menschliche Fehler zurückzuführender Fehler in der technischen Ausrüstung mehrere Tonnen giftiger Stoffe in die Atmosphäre.
Es war die bisher schlimmste Chemiekatastrophe und eine der bekanntesten Umweltkatastrophen der Geschichte. Tausende von Menschen starben an ihren unmittelbaren Folgen."
Back in Mumbai we took a flight to Coimbatore in the South to visit some key customers as my introduction. Via Mumbai I got home again.