I had wonderful weather and views from various camps and high places along the summit journey of Kilimanjaro.. I kept thinking about the commitment I had made to Prof Anindya sen about my visit to IIM C campus.
My self and Ravi Kumar (A Young man from UP, his claim to be 1st person from UP to summit Kilimanjaro) reached the summit in the early hours to the mesmerizing views of sun rise savoring the shadow of Uhuru peak (Kilimanjaro) stretched for scores of miles. We descended with out much trouble and walked out of the beautiful Rainforest of Kilimanjaro nestled at the foot of this massive tallest peak of Africa.
After reaching the Hotel in Moshi, I made my plans to go for IIM C campus as soon as I arrive in India. Soon I was in the Campus and sharing details of my various travels, climbs and other pursuits to the earnest questions that several Profs. I guess, I am fortunate to be one of their affectionate students/alumnus. Then I went for a walk round the campus. It was wonderful. Spent time near the "Jetty" which brought memories from the student days of IIM C.
The next day was my talk to the graduating students of First International Batch of IIM C Dubai chapter.
I presented my pictures and narrated my journey.. The pictures were from some of the rare places which evoke awe and amazement in any kind of audience. They are nice to have appreciated my talk as well and gave me a standing ovation which put me thinking ... oh, what was happening!..
Lot of people approached and asked to give autograph.. and amidst this, I guess Prof Saibal and Anindya Sen as well as some those people who were couldn't make it to the take .. suggested ---
"Hey, Why don't we invite him to Dubai? for another talk!".
Around this time is when I met lot of people who warmly extended their invitation to stay with them while I will be in Dubai. It was very warm gesture and i felt smug.
Later I met Mr. Manoj, head of "eSquareWorld Academia" who assured that will extend his invitation and take care of the visas, travel and my Dubai visit expenses. It would take awhile.
then I got busy with planning my other mountain pursuits and Motivational Talk opportunities at various places.. I received a mail from Uma Devaguptapu Chief HR at ITW Signode India. It was went well as well and one of them suggested my name for a talk at another company called "PALL www.pall.com". I did this talk in Bangalore.. mean while I had been communicating with Mr. Manoj and his team who had been working towards planning my visit at one of their events in Dubai.
I think towards January/Feb mid we were able to finalize the event, and my visit to Dubai. I was planning to go for one of the challenging Winter Ascent of Mt. Elbrus (tallest peak of Europe, one of 7 summits).
Dubai, eSquareWorld Academia
Manoj & Aneesh exchanged several mails and phone conversations to facilitate my visit to Dubai and finally I got the opportunity to meet young & ever smiling people of eSquareWorld Academia no matter how much stress they underwent. It was cute to know and watch their vision and passion to make impact in the sphere of learning and education.
finally, I was there in Millennium Hotel, Dubai sharing my experiences showing pictures from various climbs of 7 summits journey. It was another best experience and appreciation I had.
I met lot of people who extended their warm appreciation as well as assured support if I am planning something in Future.
Introduction to Mr. Hanumanth Kumar, MD MCA management consultants
It was after this talk that I met Mr. Hanumanth Kumar, an entrepreneur & Managing Director of MCA management consultants. Mr. Venkatesh, partner of Mr. Hanumath, Venky Kosaraju, Mr. Protap and his friends along with Mr. Manoj & his team and several others extended their warm friendship and solicited to plan one more visit to Dubai after my Elbrus Winter Challenge in Russia.
Thus my association with this Desert landscape that housed the world's tallest tower/man-made feature began to grow stronger... and I still had no firm plans about aspiring for the "tallest peaks of South America continent".