The following entry comes to us from teammate Andrew Harrison:
After a couple of months of interacting with our client through phone and Skype conversations, we finally made it to India where we got the chance to finally meet them in person. But first we had a day of sight seeing around Delhi. On the first day we arrived, the professor had a busy day for us in order to keep us awake and try and get accustomed to the time change as quickly as possible. We first drove around New Delhi where we saw the president’s house, parliament building and the India Gate. New Delhi is a planned city with a European feel to some of its streets and avenues, which makes sense as it was developed during the British rule here in India. We then went to the creamation site of Ghandi where they have now made a memorial, and continued on to old Delhi where we took a rickshaw ride through the small streets that were filled with Sunday markets. We drove by the Red Fort and made our way to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Delhi. From there we made our way to Qutb Minar, and finished up the long and tiring day at Humayuns Tomb, the first Garden Tomb on the Indian subcontinent (prequel to the Taj Mahal)
After a good nights sleep we made our way to visit Maruti Suziki on Monday, where we got a tour of the car manufacturing plant before each group presented to both the Maruti Suzuki managers, as well as each organizations point of contact. This was very interesting to see the relationship that our suppliers had with Maruti, as well as see the reactions and feedback to the different projects.
The rest of the week we spent each day visiting our client site at Mindarika. It was a good hour and half car ride every day through the crazy streets of Delhi, but we had a great driver who got us to and from safely. As we worked with our clients we got the chance to see their factory, as well as visit a number of their suppliers in order to better understand the issue that we were dealing with. And with all of these visits and new informations, our problem was redefined yet again. We spent the first couple of days nailing down the actual issue and determining the problem before we could actually come up with a solution for them that could work.
After a long week of working with the clients, we got on a long bus ride to head down to Agra for the weekend. We were able to get some work done on the trip, but the bumpy roads made it a little difficult. We started off with a stop at the amazingly intricate and beautiful Hindu temple Akshardham. Then we continued on to Agra. Our first day in Agra we headed further south to where the Mughal Emperor Akbar temporarily moved the capital, Fatehpur Sikri. This was a beautiful city made of red sandstone, but was later abandoned because of a poor water supply in the area.
The next day we got to visit the most famous site in India, the Taj Mahal, and it lived up to its reputation. We went at sunrise in order to not only get great views, but also to beat the heat of the day and the crowds, which was a win win win.
After the Taj, we made our way to Agra Fort. This is where Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned so by his “naughty son” as a power play. He had a room where he could see the Taj.
After a hot couple days in Agra, we returned got back on the long bus ride back to Delhi to finish up our work with our client.