69 things I will miss about Oman September 15, 2010Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations, Oman.
Tags: Living, Muscat, Oman, Tourism
In no particular order of importance…
- My den.
- Calm, quiet and almost soporific pace of life.
- Star Cinema and their very friendly staff.
- And the box seats in Orchestra, Star Cinema, usually Seat #23 or #25. Seat #4, Row 1 at any of the Mini Cinemas.
- The madness at Wadi Adai Roundabout: Thank God a signal junction is replacing the roundabout.
- Parking woes at City Cinema Shatti.
- City Cinema Sohar.
- The drive from Muscat to Dubai and back.
- The official superhero of my building: TopCat Ramos.
- Moviestudio and his amazing collection of movies.
- The crazy airport flyover.
- Muscat International Airport. Small but convenient. Friendly immigration, e-gate, reasonable duty free selection and helpful staff. And the free WiFi at the airport that made this post possible.
- Annapoorna restaurant in CBD.
- Lunch Thaali at Saravana Bhavan.
- The service station at Wadi Kabir omanoil filling station. For giving my rides ‘Cleopatra Shower’.
- Green Clean at Qurum City Centre. For giving my rides such amazing shine.
- Early morning drives.
- The luxury coaches of Muscat. The Beasts of Al Khanjry, Comfortline, GTC, CTC, Salalah Line, ONTC, Happyline, Al Turki etc.
- My ride.
- Friendly locals everywhere. Oman is really one of the friendliest nations on Earth.
- Times of Oman.
- My Laundrywallahs from Unnau, Uttar Pradesh and their chaste Hindi.
- Rajan’s Barber Shop at CBD for close shaves.
- Brands Elite and their casks of Stanley’s White and Red Lambrusco.
- The superb view of the hills from my den.
- The flowers at Al Fair Sarooj. They have made many a diva happy.
- Shell Filling Stations.
- National Bank of Oman Cash Deposit Machines.
- The Dodge Chargers that make my head turn.
- The crazy shop names.
- Beef Ularthiyathu at Divine. Also the lunch thaali at Divine.
- Chilis at Muscat City Centre.
- Aldo at Muscat City Centre.
- When it rains.
- Uptown. The entire gang with a special mention to Nash.
- Split Chili at Uptown.
- Murgh Malai Tikka Masala and Garlic Rice at Uptown.
- The uber cool Oman tweeps.
- Marina Bander Al Rowdha.
- Dolphin Watching.
- Wahiba Sands.
- Bus stop at Thumrait.
- Counting the million stars at Haima desert.
- Landing and take off at Muscat International Airport.
- Amazing Shawarma at Muscat Bakery in Wadi Adai.
- Swami’s Hotel at Ruwi High Street.
- Happyline Transport.
- Woodland’s for the occasional takeaway.
- Nirvana. Because I love red and the ambience and the Corona is just spiffy.
- Khyber. For their excellent service and garlic pickle.
- UMS. For the memories.
- Wunderman Oman. For broadening my horizons.
- Bus Street at Ruwi, next to Sultan Qaboos mosque.
- The Grand Mosque at Bausher. For its grace and elegance.
- The Royal Oman Police. For being such stars in uniform.
- Ghazal at Grand Hyatt. For the great band.
- White Tiger Restaurant at Barka, next to omanoil. For the superb Beef masala.
- Al Bahja cinema.
- Plane spotting at Muscat International Airport. The Oman Air A330s make me beam.
- All the friends out here who are like family.
- How the roads go quiet during Ramadan. Lame.
- Shopping for Jeema water and 6-packs of Coke.
- Ranjan, Man Friday who cleans my den every Friday.
- White Chocolate at Starbucks.
- Nuts & Bolts. The newest pub in town. And themed on automobiles.
- Driving Chargelina around Muscat.
Happy 27 to me! July 8, 2010Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations.
I have an annual tradition of writing a blog post on my birthday (June 22). Usually, it is a recap of the best of the year that went by. This year, I wanted to go off the beaten path. Year #26 was one of the most transformational years ever in my life. A year that caught me by the ears and gave me a thorough shakedown. A year that revealed a lot of me to me. And many other things. However, I am very thankful for the year and everything that came with it. The focus of this year’s post is on the future. Rather, a couple of lessons/observations from last year that I hope will be a part of my journey in the years to come.
- Everything that happens is for the best.
- Rule #1 works only if you believe in it.
- It is important to keep moving ahead.
- Whatever has happened has happened. The future is always promising if I believe in it.
- Higher, faster and stronger but without losing my essence and being.
- The world may be unfair, but life is always fair.
- I believe that I am watched over and taken care of.
- The universe always conspires to help the dreamer. I will dream on.
- I am ready to move away from wine and white rum.
- I am the difference.
Tom Peters has a message for Oman April 19, 2010Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations, Marketing, Oman.
Tags: In Search Of Excellence, Khimji's Training Institute, Management Guru, Nawras Business Solutions, Oman, Tom Peters
World-renowned Management Guru Tom Peters will be in Muscat on 4 May 2010 for a one day seminar on ‘Excellence – Continuing The Search’. The seminar is organized by Khimji Training Institute LLC and presented by Nawras Business Solutions.
Tom describes himself as a “gadfly, curmudgeon, champion of bold failures, prince of disorder, maestro of zest, professional loudmouth, corporate cheerleader, lover of markets, capitalist pig.” (An impressive bio by all means).
When he wrote his best-selling book ‘In Search of Excellence’ with Bob Waterman over 25 years ago, Tom was the first to introduce the corporate world to the concept of Excellence which is today a universal idea-ideal that translates and transports across all borders.
In 1999, ‘In Search of Excellence’ was honored by NPR as one of the “Top Three Business Books of the Century”—and ranked as the “greatest business book of all time” in a poll by Britain’s Bloomsbury Publishing.
This morning, I asked him on Twitter about what his 140-character motivational message on the theme of Excellence for Oman was. He was very kind enough to reply and said:
Don’t think of Excellence as a “lifelong aspiration.” Forget that! Instead: HOW CAN I EXPRESS EXCELLENCE IN THE NEXT HOUR??
Reflecting on that, I think we focus so much on the future that we lose sight of the present picture. We think we will strive for excellence in some big action in the future while we can do better by applying excellence to an action right away. Yes, so it’s better to focus on excellence with a sense of immediacy in everything we do, however minute or mundane the task may be.
This is Tom’s second visit to Oman and I wish him & the attendees of his seminar an excellent and productive session. I also hope that the ash cloud over Europe dissipates in time so that he doesn’t have to circumvent the globe to get to Muscat.
More on Tom Peters:
Tom is widely credited with almost single-handedly “inventing” the “management guru industry,” now billions of dollars in size. Since 1978, he’s given well over 2,500 speeches, flown 5,000,000+ miles, spoken before 2-3 million people and presented in 48 states and 63 countries.
Tom was the first guru to stress on the importance of design as an extraordinary competitive advantage. He was also the first to voice the need for employees to re-shape their careers around the idea of “brand you” (every person a “businessperson”) if they were to add useful value to their firms and survive the perils of cutthroat global competition.
You can read more about Tom Peters by clicking here.