15.5 , Thursday
The training started officially for us and for many people doing engg. or MBA(wtf..!) from other colleges. What the MBA people would gain out of a gas processing plant is a mystery to me. But I concluded that no matter what a person is pursuing as his career(BCom,BBA,MBA etc.), if he's a ONGC ward he would have done a training in the plant.
The first day was just some paper work and introduction to some safety measures.
We learned to operate the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus,which for layman are the cylinders with masks used to provide oxygen in case of a fire etc. The sound that the mask makes was so Darth Vader like that I did not want to go back to breathing normally.( It was also similar to the one made by the astronauts' suits).
We were put up in the River View, the ONGC Guest House in the evening. It was surprisingly good,with ACs in the common room and dining room. The food was good at Rs.15 for breakfast and Rs.30 for lunch and dinner. At that price, it is the best and the most balanced food in terms of nutrition we have had other than my home. We have sabzi,dal,rajma or chole or soya, dahi, rice, roti, papad, salad, kheer and most importantly ice-cream for our lunch and dinner. So , we are not complaining on that part. And one interesting fact is that on the dining tables here, you would find sugar instead of salt. Just emphasizes how gujaratis love to have sugar more than others. And this is to compensate the strong spices in the dishes that they dont put in the sugar.