FREEDOM DRIVE – an infinity road to Fellowship! (An initiative by Varanasi Elite Round Table 278)
Freedom Drive is an infinity road to Fellowship. It is one of those initiatives that demand you to come out of comfort zone and meet new roads and people. It is one of those things that opens new horizon for a tabler to exchange new ideas and create lifetime bonding with tablers from other cities.
Another beautiful feather to Freedom Drive is ‘Friendship Basket’. Tablers from table which initiates Freedom Drive contributes their hard earned merchandise, pins and other belongings they collected in recent years. These goodies are arranged in a basket which is being exchanged with goodies when we visit tablers from other cities. All exchanges are auctioned and money collected is used in various FTE and Community Service activities. It is a great gesture by tablers to part from their earned things and contributes to our society.
On that note, we would like to share our experience of FREEDOM DRIVE.
Date Initiated: 18.09.2019
Tablers: Tr Vivek Mittal, Tr Shishir Nagar
Day 1 Route: Varanasi – Sitapur – Lucknow
Day 2 Route: Lucknow – Kanpur – Varanasi
06.30 am: Tr Vivek Mittal & Tr Shishir Nagar Freedom Drive started from Vinayak Plaza, Maldhaiya. Drive was launched by Tr Deepak Maheshwari, Tr Varun Mundra & Tr Aakash Deep. Friendship Basket was filled by Tr Abhishek Pathak, Tr Shishir Nagar, Tr Vivek Mittal, Tr Varun Mundra & Tr Vivek Mittal. They had a fun trip to Sitapur with lots of interaction and munching.
03:30 pm: Freedom Drive halted on outskirts of Sitapur where Tr Yugesh Sethia welcomed us with a rose and chocolates. A signature welcome that Yugesh does!
04:00 pm: Freedom Drive reached Sitapur and we were greeted by all Sitapur tablers. We all united at a hotel of a tabler and we were welcomed over sumptuous snacks. Sitapur Round Table 318 is famous for being amazing host and we had a chance to experience that. We were greeted with many customised gifts, merchandise and a goodies basket. And we also exchanged pins with each other, a token to remember our Fellowship for lifetime.
07:00 pm: Our Freedom Drive reached Lucknow. We were welcomed by 3 Tables at Golf Club. Special thanks to Area Chairman, Tr Suyash SN Kapur and Area Felcon Convener anf also National Twinning Convener, Tr Aviral Jain for joining in and making it more special. We interacted, exchanged goodies from Friendship Basket and had a gala time together. But they say when you are in Lucknow fellowship does not end on low notes. – Tablers from SRT 318 also joined in.
09:00 am: Early morning Area Vice Chairma, Tr Khushal Bhargava who could not join us last evening hijacked us from Hotel and took us to Sharmas’ for delicious Samosas, Butter Bun and tea. Tr Yogesh Mulwani from LMRT 255 also joined in. We enjoyed our early morning interactions and also exchanged goodies from Friendship Basket.
10:00 am: It is a small world. In hotel we happened to meet Tr Siddharth Goel from SRT 298 (Shahjahanpur). We enjoyed our short time with him and his 1 year old daughter.
02:00 pm: We reached to Kanpur. And we were already been asked by our National Past President, Tr Dhruv Dalmia to visit his home. We enjoyed our interaction at his beautiful home. We also exchanged goodies from Friendship Basket. It is always so nice to get back to most humbled person.
03:00 pm: We met tablers from KCRT 111 at Cawnpore Club. Special thanks to Tr Taran Grover, AST, Tr Parampreet, Area Felcon, Tr Suyash Malhotra for taking out time and meeting us. Thus making our Freedom Drive a lot more special. We had fun time over choices of mocktails and delicious lunch. We also exchanged goodies from Friendship Basket.
05:00 pm: They say when you are in Kanpur, you cannot go out of city without meeting Tr Rishabh Jain, Area Past Chairman. We met at his office and exchanged lot of ideas about our forthcoming International event, Divine Cruise. We also revived our memories from YOLO era. It is always great to come back to him and interact.
06:30 pm: We started our journey back to Varanasi with some beautiful memories created. On our way back home we exchanged our experiences of first Freedom Drive.
12:30 pm: We ended our Freedom Drive at Tr Shishir Nagar’s home with a promise to make next Freedom Drive even more grand covering whole of Area VIII and beyond.
We believe one transforms a lot during the course of Freedom Drive. You break all shackle of your comfort zone, you exchange ideas and gain lifetime friends. All in all, you meet a better version of yourself. Let us all pledge to do it once in our tabling career and let us meet a changed person of you.
LMF Tr Vivek Mittal
LMF Tr Shishir Nagar
Varanasi Elite Round Table 278