Meet the Skoda Yeti ROWE Team

by Mridula on December 23, 2010

in Gir,Samsung ST70,Skoda ROWE,Travel

I thought I would write a little about the people who are working behind the scene at the Skoda Yeti ROWE. I also asked each of them before posting if I can write about them and use their pictures on my blog (including Luke Kenny). Each of them agreed that they would not send their lawyers after me if I wrote nice things about them.

Skoda Yeti ROWE Team

Mrinalini from the Skoda Yeti ROWE Team

I would remember Mrinalini most for making a window seat available for me on the Mumbai-Ahmadabad flight even when we checked in late. We were staying quite close to the airport and we had a 6.40 check in time. For the first time in my life when we arrived at the airport there was a shout going on ‘any more passengers for Ahmadabad?” We were rushed through the check-in and asked to hurry up for boarding.

The day before, at lunch, I was talking about how I sulk if I do not get a window seat. So, when we were walking to the boarding gate Mrinalini told me “sorry, no window seats for you” and I replied, “I deserve it for turning up at the hour I did.” But once we entered the plane she asked a gentleman sitting at the exit row window seat if he would move and offered that seat to me! I was so happy to get a window seat that it didn’t even occur to me that I was causing inconvenience to the person who moved to my middle row seat! When I asked her how she managed it, she said, “Oh! he is a colleague.” It is only later I apologized to Karl. Which brings me to the next person- Karl himself.

Ankit, Dr. Adwet, Mridula and Karl

With Ankit, Dr. Adwet and Karl

Karl I am told loves cars and says he often gets to pose with leaning ladies because of his charm. I have to say this, it is quite comforting to have him in the drivers seat, because he drives well and lets you be. His colleagues asked me to do an update on my Facebook that said, “Karl said no to food, finally.” Ankit and Dr. Adwet were part of the event management team (correct me if I am wrong) and Dr. Adwet is a real doctor, the medicine one. When we met, he told me “On this trip, I am your Man Friday,” and believe me his team of Ankit, Sangram, Rajesh, Suhas and Mahadev were wonderful. I wish I had more time to interact with them.

Nayan Khanolkar

With Nayan Khanolkar

I have talked about Nayan before on this blog. He is the official Skoda photographer for the ROWE. Always with a smile, he is quite approachable and easy on sharing his knowledge of photography and wildlife. I got to learn a lot from him about photography and a little about how he became a wildlife photographer. He has a wealth of stories about the jungle and I would quietly join in the conversation when he started telling one of those stories, like getting charged by elephants along with his wife!

There are others from the team Sweta, Soumik, Apeksha, and many others whom I may have not interacted with, who made sure I had a good trip with them to Gir. Another thing that was very different on this trip was they would really make you feel special always being around and anticipating your needs. But I have to say by the end of the trip I was able to tell Ankit that I was not moving up in the queue and he could stop behaving like this with me.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Aditya Sharma December 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm

i would love to drive the new skoda yeti….i think its gonna be an awesome journey to jungles while driving this car alongwith the ROWE TEAM…


Mridula December 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Are you headed out with them?


Mridula December 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

Tarun, you learn as you blog! :D Yes I was lucky to have a fabulous Skoda team to enjoy the trip with.

Appu what do you think?

Yes Chitra, I completely agree.

Yes Shrinidhi, I too have been checking out those pictures.


Shrinidhi Hande December 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

Saw ROWE pics on Skoda facebbook album.. nice


chitra December 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I am sure you are still in the mood of that tour. It was nice to see the S.Y.R team.


Appu December 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Mridula – are you Skoda Yeti ROWE Team member?


Tarun December 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Hmm…once bitten twice shy…i loved ur first para…u cud be any company’s legal deptt. delite :P

It nice that u have a awesome trip … people who organize and fellow travelers do matter…


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