July 25, 2013

Just a lil something...

Corporate service Corps , a name that springs an awe,
Having heard many a tale, some that simply inspire a wow,
Thrill did it spend am sure down every spine, on a note of a selection,
Bringing a set of colleagues together, a blend of many a culture and fusion

Magical Kenya beckoned at it’s very best the passionate amongst the team,
With a zest for doing meaningful something, beyond one’s many a dream,
With only an idea and an imagination to create a wonderful something,
Trying to make a small difference, in ways that could be more than everything

So off did it start with a tele conference across many a zone,
From the Ides of March, bringing everyone forth from their country and comfort zone,
Building as it did, an understanding of an emerging continent and country,
As along the way, did we plan also we, our weekends with the wonders of the safari

D-day came once again, in June on the 14th day,
A date with Nairobi, that bringeth some early and some a wee bit late,
Excited was one to meet the voices on the call in a now country inn,
Seeing everyone together did cause and make a quite a lot of din

Starting to burn the midnight oil did we, without generating a lot of steam, J
Be it the ministry which was always very fresh, or the education ones who were full en meshe,
Reproduce did this other team, healthy in their work , knowing not what was in store,
Ah! One thing one must say, the team never let a moment to dull always seeking more

Starting with the passionate one , who’d sleep when the world awoke,
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and chiming in was this photographic Australian bloke,
Wise does he seem in his ways, be it with the birds, the bees or the kissing giraffe,
Patrick is his name, as he speaks knowledgeably and makes everyone laugh

You know , quotes a voice, bringing everyone incl the lion and the Masai to a standstill,
Be it in her discussions with a certain John, or the manager of a Mara hotel without a bill,
Jumps to the foray in everything, be it cutting onions or mixing the pilau in every wake,
Well researched is she , and you know the trip is worth a Sathvika take

Vuma is in her very name, driving everything with calm and alacrity,
See it is in South Africa you see, very much present Jo’burg and in every city,
Certainly knows a trick or two , about a smart bargain that’d make a cow go double moo,
Ellen, as she sportingly goes and maketh one and all down a Stoney more than two

The sunshine state certainly beckons, and most welcome is it in the wintery morn,
Market does she know, be it the Big Data or be it the one with the local lawn,
Ever ready for a wonderful meal, with a knowledge on the best available around,
Sarah, is she from Florida, as with aplomb does she take the team in bound

Nee Haoo goes she, especially in front of an audience in a full room ,
Bringeth always a smile does she with her creative swan or a balloon without a broom,
Certainly knows her limits , be it the Gorge or the Mount Longonot,
Learning does she make seem simple, as Win brings in a new thought

The centre of learning does she come from, a university city tis famously said,
Working with many a software, be it in a lab in the US or one that is India led,
Always ready with a smile and to be seen with her wine ever favorite,
Jennifer is she known as, one who comes from Boston, Massachusetts

Nooooooo, one hears a sound that goes, from the corridor that drives away the crows,
Bueno journo to bueno soiree as one hears, as longingly waits she for Mt Kili to appear,
Makes sundry smile with an ever ready hearty laugh, be it the Amboseli lion or the Masai Giraffe,
Cheese as she goes in every frame, Olivia you know could make an elephant tame

The man with the wonder camera is he, aperture does he adjust to make the baboon free,
Teach does he yoga to many and sundry in the grass, a story does he once after every class,
Share many a moment passionate does he, with many a room mate even at Amboseli, ;)
Dino from Toronto, Canada goes he, pulling one and sundry’s leg for free

Lets get this bad boy out of the way, is an oft heard refrain,
Making a hapless Indian go all confused, wondering which boy would abstain,
High five her way does she, be it in a meeting with or with out a client,
Wifi and a stoney make her rock, as Mary manages to pull one too many out of a sock

Interesting I must say, is a phrase, that makes a Matatu want to go even faster,
Maaarteen, is a name that echoes through the Ngong road at every junction,
Ever ready to offer a German made chocolate, be it to one or the man with the long pause,
Ulla is her name from the wonderful city Bonn, ever ready to take up your cause

Skot does he call himself, as scoot does he to do many a hundred pushup,
At home with a bourbon and a cigar to match, wondering as he which client will we catch,
Always ready to discuss history fine, enthusiastically sing and dance does he every line,
Jambo Bwana with a yodlee “yeeaaaa” goes he, Scott from Cincinatti, Ohio as architect does he a chilli

So as the hapless Indian continues all confused, keeping pace with every second Toyota without a dent,
Admire does he the marvel that brings the team together, worth certainly every cent,
Passionately as one worked in every waking moment, even when the Net was oft down,
Liven up did they every meal without the least of a frown

As the day dawns for the last, in the wonderful winter of this country,
Much awaited sunshine, streams through the leaves, casting it’s warmth,
Wonderfully touched in many ways, is one by Kenya and its people,
Deeper friendships does one take back, as one journeys further along

With lots of best wishes and stay in touch…

To Patrick, Sathvika, Ellen, Susan, Win, Jennifer, Olivia, Dino, Mary, Ulla and Scott


Viniyak….. Vin…. Vinni…. Vin Diesel… Vinayak … whatever !

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