OTN Yathra 2014 : Jalandhar


Day one did not start well. I woke up and couldn’t stop throwing up. I got to the Lovely Professional University, thinking it would stop, but it didn’t. The people at the University were really helpful and took me to the University doctor, who gave me an injection to stop the nausea. A few minutes later, things calmed down, just in time for my first session…

As soon as I hit the stage I felt fine and the session went well. Adrenalin is a wonderful thing! After the session I started to flag a little, but I was taken to get some food, which picked me up. India is a great place for a vegetarian. I was a little nervous about eating after the events of the morning, but the food was great and I felt much better after it.

In the afternoon I had two back-to-back sessions, which I got through without any incidents. After that, we spoke to a number of University staff members, including the Chancellor of the University, about the event and what we thought we achieved. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at the University for helping the event run smoothly and the much needed medical treatment!

From there it was off to get some food before our journey to Noida. Once again, the food was great. Thanks also to Aman Sharma for organising everything and for our presents. 🙂

After the food we got in our cab for the drive to Noida. We were told it would take 6-7 hours. By my estimate, it took about 10 hours. This included a couple of suspected tire problems and several breaks for the driver, who was falling asleep at the wheel. Towards the end of the journey, Raj Mattamal fell asleep, but I felt duty bound to stay awake, as I was having to stop the driver hitting curbs, launching headlong into barriers and missing our turnoffs. We eventually got to the hotel in Noida at about 03:30. By the time I had checked in and got to my room it was 04:00.

I was meant to be up this morning at 06:00 for a trip to the Taj Mahal, but after the events of the previous day I figured it would not be a great idea. Instead I slept until 14:00 and I’ve woken up feeling a little disorientated, but generally OK.

I’m going to try and do as little as possible today and hopefully be back to normal tomorrow for the next event. Fingers crossed!



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

9 thoughts on “OTN Yathra 2014 : Jalandhar”

  1. Wow, 10 hours in a taxi? not a coach? Nice name for a uni 🙂 was the event available/aimed at the students or was it just being held there?

  2. £5 per hour? Not bad 😮 cost my sister £5 for a taxi from Soho Road to Oracle Midlands #1 with samosas :f

    Will you have much time for sight seeing in the different places?

  3. Hi Tim
    I am really fortunate to meet you and listen to you at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar.

    I really enjoyed your PL/SQL session. It really felt great to meet the Man who really helped thousand of DBA’s across the globe in Oracle learning and implementing Oracle Stuff..I still remember my first experience of installing Oracle RAC in 10g…where I just followed your document…Thanks really for all these wonderful doc and sharings….I hope you enjoy your stay in India…

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