Jan Vervekeren was a senior member in the De Vaderlandsche IT unit. He told me that he and his team did not quite like our presence in the office as this implied that their jobs would be at stake. However, I worked to put these doubts to rest and it turned out that we became good friends. At the end, De Vaderlandsche outsourced the work to our company and many people worked on the project from Kolkata. No member of the De Vaderlandsche team lost their job.

On one Sunday, Jan came over to our hotel and took us to Turnhout, his village, which was some distance from Antwerp. He used to commute from Turnhout to Antwerp everyday to attend office.

He took us to his house where we met his wife Sabina and his daughter Mara. Sabina worked for the Government of Belgium and she was responsible for the well being of the children in the village of Turnhout.

Jan and Sabina

Jan and Sabina

Jan cooked a wonderful chicken dish. We had lunch and then Jan took us around Turnhout. He took us to his college and other sites around the village.

In the evening, we entered a Irish Pub. Jan taught me how Belgians had Beer. We started with Fruit Beer. Then we had 2 bottles Leff Light. Then we had one bottle of Hoogedard. We then rounded off with 2 bottles of Leff Strong. Lastly, we had one cup of Irish Coffee.

Fully loaded, we returned to Jan’s house. Then, Jan drove us back to our hotel.

At Irish Pub

At Irish Pub

Other pictures from that trip.

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Am basically a programmer. Have proved to myself and quite a few people over the 24+ years that I am capable of programming on most platforms using quite a few tools for most problems. However, to be viable for earning a living, have learnt a few tricks and techniques of management. Whatever management techniques I have learnt, I try and convert to simple logic flows to keep my decision process simple and transparent. While managing, have been successful in programming a few individuals and teams to meet required objectives. Though I am not creative, I have enormous potential to innovate and extend creative ideas generated and shared by others.

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