Chairman Tr. Rishab Jain of KHRT 125 described his experience of the Area 8 AGM in his wonderful report as follows.
“A wonderful Area AGM, coupled with full detailing, planning, execution, fun & masti : this is what JALSA is all about. I will try to relive those moments by this article and my experience of being part of JALSA.
This year the Area 8 AGM was hosted by Bareilly Round Table 45 at Nainital. At the very name of Nainital, one could visualize, hills, the rising sun -peeking from the hill tops, the awesome weather with the clouds floating around you & a lake to add to the glory of the surroundings. In simple words a perfect venue.
We the tablers of Kanpur Heritage Round Table-125, were very excited to hear about the splendid venue and the fun to follow. We made our reservations well in advance and were ready to be part of JALSA. There was less time and preparations for the skit practice were on a high for our performance on the informal night. The skit was of a marriage celebration. Lot of planning and various ideas were being considered for the skit, and finally it struck- we being able to portrait our concept of political marriage. It was a wonderful bonding we shared between us while getting ready for the skit.
Next was our travel plans for Nainital with a night stay at Bareilly.. Sq Leg Ruchin with Cr.Roopalini , Tr.Ankur with Cr. Rashmi, Tr.Ashish Shukla with Cr.Deepika, and myself along with my better half Cr. Pooja, left timely and as usual the drive was amazing with fellow tablers and square leg, reliving old memories, discussing tabling and having fresh “bhutta`s” on our way. Although we reached late night to Bareili, but to our pleasant surprise, Tr. Udit from BRT-45 was waiting to receive us. He welcomed us all and made us do a hassle free check in .
Next Morning, we left for Nainital, already messages had started to flow in from the JALSA team about every detail of the routes, approach roads, and the destination details. Thanks to the JALSA team, we were on time at our destination. The city of Nainital was very inviting, the weather was awesome- a relief after the scorching heat at the planes. While entering the town, we could see lot of hoardings & banners of JALSA- all on a common theme of the beautiful yatch sailing on a lake of friendship & tabling.
As soon as we reached our destination hotel, Manu Maharani, which itself is an old heritage property; we could feel the energy flowing out of the hotel. Friends JALSA had begun. There were Tablers from the host table, warmly welcoming us and taking care of everything…they seemed to be like “GOOGLE” and solved all our queries in an instant!!. After a warm welcome and a lightning speed check in we were allotted our rooms and as soon we opened the doors of our rooms- OMG-what a view !! It seemed as if a poet is writing his poetry…The hills, the freshness of the trees, the shining of the leaves & the pleasantness of the wind was all breath taking..
That night, everyone got dressed according to their skit-and believe me it was hilarious!! All the tablers from various tables seemed to be someone else, some were cross dressed, some were portraying political figures and some were just Gods and demons…!! Manu Maharani was filled with unique and awesome characters.!! And I am sure that Manu Maharani would have never had such a “Baarat” staying in their hotel.
The informal night started with a bang and an innovation-all were called with a band playing to the fullest tunes of “BAARAT Songs” and were welcomed with pearl bracelets & Garlands made of money..!! Friends, all skits were simply fascinating, even our skit was really awsome with Tr. Ankur : As Bobby Darling & Cr. Anushree :As Spiderman, were a hit among all. Even, I had to let down my guard and had to be dressed like a lady dancer ;). The compeering from Sq leg Ruchin and Dance of Cr. Roopalini were amazing. Even my wife, Cr. Pooja, who had never acted before was also great. Tr. Ashish Shukla & his wife Cr. Deepika were too good for their character. Tr. Dhruv was the lead and Cr. Rashmi did amazing justice to her character. Our skit was a real good hit. The evening followed with lot of excitement, dance, and simply amazing fellowship.
Even Tr. Deepka Menda, National VP, who had come all the way from Vizag, could not resist shaking his leg to the fantastic music…to my surprise,he was really a party person and enjoyed everyone`s company with his speciality-his smile. I remember, after the hall being closed, we sang songs till late night and enjoyed to the fullest, Cr. Roli, the better half of our very own Subu bhai was a superstar..her voice, her songs were just amazing..Finally we called it a night and dozed off.
Next day morning was the AGM,and guess what could be a better location than Boat house for the AGM to take place. Friends, boat house is also a heritage site, made of complete wood and is on the lake and with amazing surroundings. The official part was as per the blue book, and yes Tr. Mayur & Tr.Anoop were just brilliant with their serganting, amazing guys…especially anoop with his devlish looks and Tr. Mayur with his wittiness..robbed us all… While we were busy with the AGM, the ladies and the kids had a gala time boating, enjoying the mall road, and of course shopping. The AGM was conducted with style and the lunch on the boat house deck was a splendid affair. The AGM was to be reconvened in evening at the venue hotel.
Late Evening, with clouds spreading all over the venue, seemed like a dreamland where all “Adams” were in their Black formals and the Gorgeous “Madams” in their stunning red& black dresses. It seemed like a collection of angels who had descended from the heavens to convene the remaining AGM. The AGM started again in style with a fantastic dance performance of a professional group. The awards were distributed and our table, Kanpur Heritage 125 did pretty well!!!. How could our very own sergeant be patient…Tr. Mayur played a skillful trick and charged the winning table a sunshine on every award..!! The jewels were changed; the new head board was formed with our very own candy face Tr. Umang Sah taking over as Area Chairman of ahighly energized Area VIII. Our NVP Tr.Deepak Menda, also congratulated the new board and urged on the need for us to keep performing to the maximum. Tr. Aditya , who has an aura attached to his personality , thanked everyone on being part of JALSA
The night was still young, we played the music and rocked the floor. Finally when the music was about to be closed, Tr. Subodh added a sparkling boost to the night by announcing the second session of the dance group..and oh boy..it was just spectacular. When we all were tired and were literally exhausted, then came yet another session of old songs…which we sung almost till wee hours of morning. Seriously we were exhausted and just needed to crash..
Next Morning, after a luxury breakfast and mementos of framed photographs we bid adieu to the JALSA. We had a long drive back home and the early start helped us.
Friends, JALSA was not only an Area AGM, it is a BRAND NAME now… it is the marking of success… of friendship …of bonding…of detailing…of being a wonderful host…of masti and most importantly Tabling. Every detailing, stickers on cars, stickers on water bottles, The pins ,messages, comfort , logistics…and the list can go on, were just mind blowing…the time ,patience, energy & resources required to plan such an event is tremendous and that too with a smiling face of the host was like icing on the cake. Seriously the hosts BRT-45 have set standards for the rest to follow..Friends I do not know whether I have done justice describing JALSA, but it is only a simple effort of describing the picture of a remarkable memory, I dedicate this article to Tr. Subodh, for being such a tremendous organiser, to my very own friend Tr. Aditya, who designed every bit & concept of JALSA & all the tablers of BRT-45 for creating JALSA. Thanks for having us, and we are privileged to be part of JALSA.
I cannot dare say Jalsa is over..all I can say it has started and here to stay in our memories forever..
Tr. Rishabh Jain
Tr. Rajeev Doshi
National Blogs Convener 2013-14
Round Table India
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