Yesterday I was walking around thinking; " how do they clean the outside parts of windows and glass exteriors in these multi storey buldings". Today I got my answer. They have a movable vehicle in the terrace. A cabin tied to two poles in the vehicle is rolled down and the vehicle can move horizontally in the terrace whereas the the cabin goes up and down the exteriors of the building. There are 3-4 people sitting in that cabin and they have mops and other cleaning stuff to clean the building. I noticed that if they start on one side of the building at 9:00 AM they could take upto 4:00 PM to complete one side of the building. Speaks a lot of the size of the buildings ( or the meticulousness of their job).
But I was thinking something else too. Working in normal conditions, I probably visit the restroom at least once everyday. These 4 people are out in the open working at a considerable height above the ground (with a lot wind etc) - how do they manage when they want to visit the restroom. Given that it must take at least 40 minutes to move the cabin either to the terrace or the ground and another 10 minutes to reach any restroom from there. The guys need at least 50 minutes advance notice of "sensing it" before they can actually go. After an intense argument with my friend that in case of an emergency they would just 'pee' into a bottle/tin/bucket up there rather than risk damaging their kidneys by holding it up - we called the argument a draw. We left thinking -- Well at least they work in a cabin "with a view".
ITPL has everything that now represents modern India. It has these fancy buildings, star bucks, KFC, McDonalds, JukeBox, less-dressed-chics ( there are about 50 calls centers here). Watching very old buildings of the textile/garment manufacturing companies located nearby and these fancy buildings, I couldn't help feeling that this whole fancy-building thing is unreal. It simply is. The textile garment place is reality of what can really be afforded. I wasn't sure if these software companies could really afford to erode all the parks/lakes/trees and just go on building these high rise buildings. Having seen and lived through the "dotCom" boom and bust stage, I cant help feeling cynical. Will this last long ?