When I first went to Bangalore about seven years back, I had only heard that the weather’s brilliant in Bangalore. It was. And it surprisingly stayed so even while the entire city outgrew itself in a very disturbing fashion. It is this weather which made Bangalore India’s Silicon Valley, and propelled the city on a trajectory that caught everybody (especially the infrastructure and government authorities) by surprise.
I was at the Bangalore airport last week. There were (I had enough time to count) a total of 127 people in the queue ahead of me for the security screening. It appeared as if we were all going for a “darshan” or something. At least the feeling after the screening got over, was something quite similar.
The new International airport shall be operational soon, and while currently it takes about 1.5 hours to go from the airport to anywhere, it will probably take at least 3 times more after March ’08. Those of you who remember having seeing Shrek, would recall the kingdom of Far Far Away. The new airport at Devanahalli (incidentally, the birthplace of Mr. Tipu S) is exactly there – Far Far Away…It is believed that a few localites (perhaps in honor of Mr. T Sultan) have started new ventures (with 41% stake being held by Karnatic Local Groceries Capital which is based out of Bilekahalli) of horse-rental services, which is causing great worry to the CxOs of Avis and team.
Perhaps the early morning flights (yes, the ones for which you have to wake up at 4 AM) won’t be good enough to attend meetings starting at 11 AM. Because it will probably be already 7 PM by the time you reach your destination, and it will be time to catch the return flight. This flight, of course, would be at 4 AM the next morning, and for you to reach in time for the important security screening mentioned above, it would be advisable to leave almost immediately, on horses or other modes of advanced communication.
It might be a good idea for the tours and travels companies to start special “packages” catering to this new segment of “Airport Journeymen/women”. As our popular CNBC analysts would say, it is perhaps time to invest in KLG Capital, as it is about to start carrying it’s due diligence exercises on these companies...