Friday, November 18, 2005

Home Less in Bangalore

Couple of months back, I had set a target of doing 3 posts a week.  But as you can see, I am remiss on that big time.  I could give lot of excuses but that would be 'arguing for my limitations'.. So I won't.

Home Less in Bangalore
We all know that Bangalore is sizzling hot these days with so much IT activity.  But I wasn't ready for this.. I am now stuck in Bangalore with no place to stay.

Before I commenced my trip, my travel agent tried find a room for me in the hotels listed in our corporate directory and a few others but has came back empty.  She also looked for rooms at higher rate than the usual corporate rate and couldn’t find anything.  So, I gave up the idea of staying in Bangalore and decided to commute daily from Chennai for 3 days.  But guess what?  All flights to Bangalore are solidly booked as well.  I wonder where people are staying.

I am in Bangalore now with no place to stay tonight.  I am keeping my fingers crossed while my travel agent does some last minute search.  I am not panicking as I do have a fall back plan of going to one of friends / relatives’ place.  But I don't want to disturb them when I am on a business visit to their City.

I checked my corporate travel site and there is a warning in bold about this room shortage in Bangalore.  The site strongly urges the employees to plan well in advance and avoid last minute travel.  I only wish we could follow that suggestion and always make our plans couple of months in advance. (Hasn’t worked for me...)

While this situation might be good for the hotels, it is certainly not good for the city.  This will turn people away from Bangalore and they might take business elsewhere.

What do you think?