And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.
This crusade was a culmination what I would like to call 'Shamz's matured Mutual Funds'. Legend is that this crusade was initiated by Shamzeer after his MFs matured and bore fruit, tagged in the rest of the guys in his apartment in search of nothing but a long trip from office work. So Shamz and his fellow knights planned a week before the trip which turned out to be the most memorable trips of my life, opened out a whole new part of India I never saw before.
5 guys in IT , snail paced projects, and a long weekend now that's the ingredient for a GOYA trip. GOYA the gloss for Get Of Your Asses trip is a trip exclusive to a lethal combination of Anurag, Vasu, Bijou, Dinesh and Laukik(we have to mention Aman Soniyae and Ragz who had a good chance to make it to the trip- but were so bone headed not to come). Hardly a few days of planning for a Wine Tasting trip in Nasik ended up in an amazing wine tasting trip and a rocking trek to Bhandardara.
A crusade of Unfortunate Events
Another year went by since the historic crusade in search of the Golden Triangle. We promised that we’ll rejoin for another crusade to the un-charted east (India of course). Well we did have the crusade, but we had to sacrifice a few crusaders. We lost Shamz to his marriage which is soon to be in December, lost Ranjith to an on-site gas chamber in the form of a ML project in the US. We did gather another soul rather 2 souls. One in the form of the great Aswin Nair and the first non mallu crusader in the list Raghu.
With Sujoya at the helm of affairs planning was picture perfect. Everything went out fine, now this was a major problem, trips like this can’t go that smoothly, well as feared we had our share of Unfortunate events. Pathla Aswin (Aswin Nair= pathla ash and the Aswin bala will be –mottu/lambu ash) pushed the button (EXIT button)… he’s assigned to KT like some secret society in GSK… RM gets to be a pain in the @$$... we started treating the whole issue, in the whole traditional Mallu way… well my dear friends, it was time to play ‘the Good Cop, Bad Cop’ with the RM… well seems these bloody IT companies have a superb EXIT policy 1000 times better than the Appraisal Policy… ‘Good cop and Bad Cop’ failed pathetically… we ended up making the painful decision to make the crusade without Pathla Ash… yes we sacrifice a crusader to the stupid notice period of an IT company… not a perfect way to lose a crusader… but he went down fighting…
So that left three guys… a girl and …. The whole of the east to cover… more details here