Llew with some of the Reload India crew at the Cricket World Cup in Ahmedabad.
Reload Media set up our Indian office last year in Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat.
This was my first trip to the sub-continent and I packed my bags full of anti “Delhi Belly” bug catchers and headed off on the excellent service of Singapore Airlines.
After a quick stop over in Singapore to meet with some of our clients and new partners over a plate of local cuisine, I arrived in Ahmedabad late one Tuesday night.
The place is simply quite amazing. It’s busy, fun, a cultural infusion of different people from all walks of life and simply alive at any time – day or night. It’s also cheap to get around and you can have your own private car for a week and pay next to nothing. My driver could have represented India in the World Rally Cup after showing me his driving skills on the opposite side of the road each morning – just to wake me up.
We built our office with our own staff and facilities from scratch early in 2010. This was mainly done by our Asian Operations Manager Brijesh Shah, and was based in his home state. Brij also celebrated his wedding during the trip and I had a great time at the Shah’s residence and wedding wearing my ornate Sherwani and curly toed shoes whilst dancing in the streets to some loud drums and big band tunes.
Our office in Ahmedabad has a great crew working there. We have two core SEO teams with the same HR cultural values that Reload is proud of and they even share the little things that we do in Australia, NZ and the UK, such as pizza nights and going to the cricket. The staff India really feel they are a key part of the Reload vision and brand, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Like the games of cricket we go to at the Gabba in Brisbane with staff and clients, I took the Reload India staff to a Cricket World Cup game (Australia vs Zimbabwe). Although not a fast game, it was great to stand up and sing Advance Australia Fair with the smattering of other Aussies in the crowd. We chewed down vegetarian hot dogs and Pepsi (only drink available) and watched Shaun Tait rip the stumps out of the ground.
We are expanding the office in India and by the end of 2011 we will be 20 staff. This expansion also includes the current negotiation of a new, larger office located in a burgeoning area in Ahmedabad. The operation has a great future and already we have staff from Australia booked to go and work out of the Reload India office this year. Furthermore, there is also the promise of long term Reload India staff coming to Australia for training in the future too!
Watch this space!