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Today was more of a chilled out day … with nothing much to do …
We went to the amusement park in the morning .. at about 12 and sat on the Ferris Wheel and the roller coaster … which I dont think I will be doing again for quite sometime now …

The Roller Coaster was uncomfortable and short and pretty scary … the Ferris wheel was more of a sight seeing thing than a joy ride …

Anyways … the rest of the day, went in watching all the short films which were submitted earlier by the participants and the 6 finalists of the Software Design Invitational … which were all pretty good …

The 6 finalists were : Slovenia, Brazil, Germany, Greece, China and Russia …

Russia had a really innovative app and China was scarily comprehensive …
Greece tackled a social issue of creating a speech to sign language and sign language to speech app for the hearing impaired …

The other team presentations were boring … and the Germany app was not that interesting …
Whatever they did, we could have implemented on our base system within a matter of a few hours … We had all the back end …

Only their presentation was slightly better …

My prediction is : Russia, China and Greece … lets see what happens tomorrow…

Note to myself : Next year, the presentation has to be awesome !!!

Anyways, we had this very sophisticated, formal, Japanese dinner in one of the poshest clubs in Japan …
Again, all of us could just not consume the food.
Whats with the food huh ?
I think rest all people from all over the world can still eat it … but we Indians just cannot …
We had an early Indian dinner before we went to the one at the club …

The dinner was supposed to be 5 course … and by the 2nd course … we had excused ourselves to go to the bathroom … and ditched the entire event … walking 25 mins to get back to the hotel …

Had two glasses of ( not so good ) starbuck’s cold coffee on the way back …
Anyways … next year’s Imagine Cup is going to be in India … so there is going to be a flag handing over ceremony and all of us are supposed to be on stage …
So, we have some sort of rehearsel at 10 am …

Thats all from me for now …

More pictures … :)

This was supposed to be our main course .. some boiled carrot and some seeweed look alike vegetable …
We had 9 types of cutlery out there !!! 9 types !!!

 

Yes … you can rub your eyes again … but this is Gaurang in formals !!!
Didn’t think that would happen before the world imploded in itself .. did ya ?

 

The Roller Coaster ride that we sat in … which solidifed my belief that these things are not for me …

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Okay …
First, the bad news …

We didn’t make it to the final 6 teams of the Software Design of the Imagine Cup …
It’s okay …

I think our presentation was the best we had given till now and the software was also working properly …
Only, the idea didnt click well with all the other international judges …

I’m happy for the fact that we atleast made it all the way here … and got to present our solution …
Would have been really depressed if we had got stuck up at Mumbai itself …

On the bright side, we still have one year to go … and besides, winning World two years in a row would be kinda hard anyways …
So, we’ll just win it next year … promise …

The other teams to make it were Japan, China, Greece, Slovenia, Russia and one another team which I don’t kinda remember now …

I seriously have no idea what the other solutions are … so, I have no basis for comparison … but we’ll come to know about it tomorrow …

Anyways, the entire ceremony was like an Academy Award dinner kinda thing …
We had round table reservations and all the short films were shown on the screen and we had a 9 course “Vegetarian” Japanese dinner … which honestly, I could not consume …
Nothing personal … but except the noodles, which I ate with a pair of chop sticks for the first time ( Yay !!! ), couldnt think of eating anything else …
Most of the veggie stuff … was … just bamboos … It tastest okay … no taste actually … something like boiled wood …

Anyways, as soon as the entire thing got over, we hit the Indian restaurant and packed some desi khana …

Thats all for tonight … just before I push off … picture of the day … clap, clap, clap !!!
We’ll hopefully be riding that thing tomorrow …

The giant ferris wheel … second in the world only to the one in London …
Comes with its own Roller Coaster …Me thinks, Microsoft India is going to pick up the tab on this ;)

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Hmm …

Day 2 at Japan … Yokohama …
Today is supposed to be a relaxing, chilled out, picnic day … and we’ll come to know whether we will be making it tomorrow or not for the finals …

We had a trip planned to the Sankeien Gardens at 9:30 …
We woke up at 9:20 … and made it to the bus departg for the gardens …

The gardens, as you would imagine were very beautiful …
Apparently, it is about 10,000 sq mts and was a private garden of a person … Sankei Hara …

They had also lunch there … but we vegi Indians had to fruits and salads and chocolate pastries.

We later came back and pigged out at a buffet at an Indian Restaurant …
The place is only about 5 mins walking from our Hotel …

We have a digital theatre program in the evening along with the preliminary results of the Software design invitationals …
In the digital theatre, they will be showing us all the entries from the Short Film category …

There is also a team from BITS Pilani among one of the 6 teams … so we will be rooting for them …

Check out some more pictures below ….

Until later then … :)

The Sankeien Gardens … Entrance

Lawns at the Garden

Our ADE ( Academic Development Evangelists ) taking a nap :)

More garden shots

We guys … and Tejas and Pratibha ( 1at and 3rd ) from the left … They’re Microsoft ADEs from India accompanying us for the trip

Bamboo plantations

Our Hotel … Pan Pacific International

Hotel Lobby

The Giant Ferris Wheel opposite our Hotel

The Imagine Cup welcome board at the Hotel

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Some pictures that we clicked today from Japan …
Will be putting up lots more when I get the time … and when I click it …
Clicked them only today after we got into our rooms …

The harbour … the bridge can be seen clearly in the background … from our balcony :)
We have some very nice views … yet to come …

Our hotel room … I’ve tried to hide most of the messy part of the room … but it still shows :)

Night view of Japan from our balcony again :)

The Pacifico building opposite our building …

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Finally … writing this from the comfort of my hotel room in Yokohama, Japan … but this trip has not at all been easy …
It has been an adventure … sort off … here is an account …

We were supposed to fly to Japan on the 26th night at around 11:30 from the Sahar Airport in Mumbai …
Just to be safe, we decided to leave early morning on the 26th by train …

I woke up in Pune, at 6:00 am to heavy torrential rains … like there was no tomorrow …
When we reached the train station, it was still raining …

We got into the Pragati Express and headed to Mumbai …
The rain was unrelentless … it was just pouring all the while with no letting down …

On the way, the train stalled at the Vittalwadi station, as the tracks were flooded with water and the train could not proceed …

We were stalled at the station for 3 hours … before Gaurang’s ( my team mate ) dad arranged for a car to pick us up …
Gaurang’s grandparents were also accompanying us …

The car picked us all up and took us to Mumbai …
On the way to the Airport, the road ahead got flooded and we got stranded …
All the cars stopped on the road and there was a pathetic traffic jam …

Somehow, we switched roads and ended up in front of a eating joint at around 5 pm
The rain was so bad, that all the umbrellas and everything was useless …

We were stuck there till about 10 pm

Then, once the rain got a bit less, the water started receding and we decided to make our way to the airport …

On the way, got stuck up at a very bad traffic jam …
We then got the news that our flights had gotten cancelled …

On our way out, we landed up at another water clogged place … where the driver just stopped the car and let it stand …
There were 5 of us … trapped inside a car … with knee deep water all around us ..
We even couldnt open the windows as the rain water would come in …

Finally at 3 am, we started moving … and landed up at a hotel at 4 am in the morning …
We luckily got a room there, and stayed there for 2 days … before Mumbai got back on its feet …

The flights were still not leaving … so we came to Pune, took a flight to Delhi and then to Japan …
Though we missed one day, the people here, made arrangements for us … so it was not a problem …

More about the Japan trip later …
Here are some pictures that we took of the entire rain onslaught thingy … the next day … once most of the water had pulled away and we could analyse the damage done …

The worst thing was that people had left their cars … thousands of them on the street and walked away … many of these cars were still lying there when we saw it the second day after the rain …

Motorcycle abandoned on way to hotelCrap in car … Leaves, sticks … water hyacinths even … that were stuck in car radiators, motors, etc …

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Yes.
Sorry to disappoint you all, but contra-ry to popular mis-belief I am still alive and breathing … and very much ‘all’ there …

I’ve been in a cocoon kinda thing of late … emerging out of the house, only in the search of that ever elusive job … our college is having all the placements going on from week one itself …

However, I have not attended a single lecture or practical in what has been my largest, ever, bunk exercise which has lasted for about 20 days as of today, and plans to continue till the 3rd of August.
My teachers have given their kind consent to let me …

We are working the ‘big daddy’ of student contests … the World Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2005, and I’d stay home regardless of whether we got permission or not …

We have to get flying in less than 10 days and we’re still running to get lots of things done …
So, I’ll probably hit the blogging scene after I get back … with loads of photographs from Japan …

Till then, adios … or … umm .. err … Sayonara ?
( hehehe :) )

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