Saturday, November 24, 2007

I hope you dance...

I close my eyes, center my mind and sincerely pray that everyone on encountering a choice choose to dance

Live your dreams...
Amit Desai.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Walking down the central streets of Zurich, I bumped into a few antique shops and I thought of checking them out.

Look what I found - this watch and how much it costs ......costs 5230 EUR which is a BIT OVER 300 thousand Indian Rupees (INR).

Crazyyyyyyyy... I have seen a watch veeeeeeery similar to this on the streets of Delhi - the guys say 200 INR (just below 4 EUR) and I have seen Indians still bargaining for this :)

Lads and lasses, welcome to Zurich

So, what's been up?

Another 2 weeks have whizzed by...but they have been extremely exciting.

The last week, I was chairing the AIESEC Austrian national conference - FUTURE . This was one of the key highlights of the last two weeks. It was a bit strange to go back to an AIESEC forum but at the same time I loved every bit of it. First couple of days in Vienna, and then to the land of Mozart - Salzburg where the conference was held - I had a memorable time.

I did not know the faci nor the MC team that well so it was a bit of challenge for me to see how the conference would be managed with four parallel tracks and ensuring the conference is ONE conference and not fragmented. However, I was impressed with the professionalism, attitude and approach of the facilitators team. Also, the delegates showed great amount of enthusiasm to learn. Thank you everyone for this. It is amazing how AIESEC continuously churns out such individuals every single year since the past 60 years. Also, I was moderating an alumni panel and to see how they view AIESEC's contribution in their lives all pointed out to the values, attitude and approach that the platform and environment of AIESEC had instilled in them.

It was also good to meet some friends and catch up with them. Overall, an exciting break from 2 months of work :)

Besides that, some restructuring going on in our Business Group, so well lets see how things affect my role, if at all they do.

This week Zurich experienced some snow and sub zero temperatures are becoming a reality now. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr......

Ah, and how can I forget this - ? I am a proud owner of a beauty - my new Apple iPhone - extremely slick and cool :) Good investment considering I didn't even have an ipod and I was thinking to buy that but then thought - why not pay some more and get an iPhone itself? :)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Die Zauberflote

Last weekend, Petroula, my friend - pilar and I went to watch the opera at the Zurich Opera house - Die Zauberflote (The Magical Flute), one of the most popular operas by Mozart.

I did prepare by reading a bit about these acts as it was in German - so though I could comprehend the story, the classical elements of enlightenment v/s obscurantism would have been more understood if it was in English. But in any case, one of the coolest experiences I must say and I look forward to going for more operas as I feel at peace with such an environment.